Digital Cinema Cafe Podcast — I Am The Guest — Subject: Stanley Kubrick
Just over a week ago on a Monday evening my iPhone phone rang. It was Chris Fenwick, who I’ve known for a little while from listening to the Digital Convergence Podcast with Carl Olson and Mitch Aunger of Planet5D. I’d been a big fan of the podcast and was twice a guest on it. After the DCP went off the pod-o-sphere Chris created the Digital Cinema Cafe podcast with Alex MacLean.
Chris and Alex had just finished their weekly Monday podcast recording session and he was calling to invite me to be on the show the following Monday (this past Monday, Septermber 23, 2013).
Chris said we could do it over Skype. But I said I’d rather drive into Emeryville and do it in the studio in person.
A few days later I was listening to the podcast they’d just recorded. That podcast is featured here. Click to download.
At the end of each interview/conversation the guest is asked that if they were stranded on a desert island the the end of time with a DVD player and only one movie to watch, what would it be? This guest, Julien Lasseur, said it would be Barry Lyndon. Chris had never seen it and knew nothing about it. Then he says that Mike Carroll in Sacramento must be screaming at him right now. Then after the interview, Alex and Chris do a debrief of the podcast and decide to invite me to talk about the movie, which neither of them know, and they call me. And the phone call to me was recorded and they played it at the end of the podcast! I was driving home when I heard this and started howling with laughter in the car!!!!
This Monday, Bonnie and I drove in and met up with Chris at Slice Editorial, where Chris is one of the star editors, and Alex.
I’ve learned from being on the Digital Convergence Podcast two time to never approach a show with any preconceptions or planned bullet points to bring up, but to just be relaxed and go with the flow. This wound up being the absolutely best approach because the topic of the show was not Naked Filmmaking and my films and books, but the original naked filmmaker — Stanley Kubrick — and his film Barry Lyndon, how it was made and its significance in cinema.
This I was not expecting.
But I was fine with it. Anyone who has read this website will know that I’m a big fan and professional admirer of Stanley Kubrick. I believe his importance in filmmaking continues to grow with each passing day since he passed away on March 7, 1999. Hopefully I’ve represented his legacy well.
(I had taken along my Canon 7D to shoot some behind-the-scenes of recording the podcast. But the lighting and the tightness of space just didn’t seem conducive. I rolled for a few seconds. Here it is. It’s a very cool space.)
And if you haven’t seen Barry Lyndon yet — what are you waiting for! The Blu-Ray is extraordinary. It looks better than when it was originally released back in 1975.
Thanks to Chris and Alex for having me on the show. I wish that Bonnie and I could have stuck around after the recording and gone out for a quick dinner and a beer with them, but we had to get back home to Sacramento and to our greyhounds, Alex, Ava & Bea. Maybe next time.