The DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST is Back! And Naked Filmmaking Is There!!!

Published On November 14, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Digital Cinema Cafe, Digital Convergence Podcast

A week ago – Thursday, November 8 – I saw a Twitter alert that there was a new episode of Carl Olson’s Digital Convergence Podcast.

I have twice been a guest on the podcast when it was a regular weekly podcast hosted by Carl Olson and his co-hosts Mitch Aunger of and Chris Fenwick.

Carl, who lives on the other side of the country in Atlanta, Georgia, did the The Digital Convergence Podcast for over two years, ending the series with Episode #120. It ended quite suddenly and took everyone by surprise. I can say this with authority because I’ve gotten to know Chris Fenwick and spent an afternoon with him at Slice Editorial in the Bay Area. Chris told me that he was taken completely unaware when Carl made the announcement.

Hanging with Chris Fenwich at Slice Editorial in San Francisco.

Hanging with Chris Fenwich at Slice Editorial in San Francisco.

Mitch almost immediately launched the Planet 5D Podcast and Chris teamed up with Bay Area editor, colorist and filmmaker Alex MacLean to create the Digital Cinema Cafe podcast.

Chris and his co-host Alex MacLean recently had me on their Digital Cinema Cafe podcast.

Carl Olson Twitter

The Digital Convergence Podcast ended abruptly. Many — and I do mean many, the DCP is one of the most popular filmmaking podcasts on iTunes — wondered what happened. I myself wondered if there was a health issue or some other problem.

I’ve sent notes to Carl and always had very positive responses back, suggesting that there were no serious issues.

Carl and I have sent notes about connecting on Skype and catching up. Then came the Twitter announcement that there was a new Digital Convergence Podcast episode #121. I was elated to see this. My iPod had already been hooked up when I saw this so when I drove in to work I had the new episode cued up. I can’t tell you how comforting it was to hear Carl’s smooth, easy voice coming through the earbuds again.

That night I fired of a congratulatory e-mail and asked if he wouldn’t mind giving my new book project a plug on his podcast to get members of his audience to send me behind-the-scenes photos, mirroring the pages of Richard L. Bare’s book The Film Director, which is a favorite of Carl Olson as well.

Carl instantly responded by inviting me to be a guest on his next episode.

We recorded DCP #122 yesterday morning – Wednesday, November 13, 2013. And I can’t tell you how great it was to hear Carl over Skype and to talk with him again.

I did ask him about the time off and he told me that he just need to “take a walkabout.” Doing a podcast is a lot of work and doing it on a regular weekly basis is not only a lot of work but a lot of pressure. I certainly understand that.

Carl Olson is exactly the way he sounds on the podcast, just one of those good people. I got hooked on the podcast as soon as I discovered it, and have written about it quite a number of times on this site.

I told Carl that listening to the Return of the DCP and hearing his voice over the iPod again was like waking up and having a nice cup of coffee — just a pleasant way to start a day.

I’ve just downloaded the episode and am about to head out the door and walk the dogs and listen. That’s how I got into being a regular listener to the podcast, listening while out walking the dogs in the morning before going to work. And I’m moments from heading out the door as I write this.

Carl said my segment will probably be around 20-minutes long, although we talked and he recorded for 35-minutes. Then afterwards we talked for another 20 or so minutes, just chatting, talking about what we’re doing, and about our mutual amazement at Gravity. He’s a good person and I’m so grateful to have been able to get to know him and regard him as a friend.

Hope you enjoy the show. Please go onto iTunes and subscribe (it’s free) and become a regular listener. You’ll be glad you did.

I don’t know if the Podcast is going to be a regular weekly again or on a semi-weekly schedule. I also don’t think Carl is planning on having any co-hosts for a while. He’s going slowly. Getting his feet wet again. Taking his time. Doing it his own way.

I think that’s great. I’m just glad he’s back.

Okay, I’m leashing up the dogs and heading out the door. And I’ve got my iPod in my pocket!

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

One Response to The DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST is Back! And Naked Filmmaking Is There!!!

  1. Stephen says:

    Thanks for the heads up – I was listening to issue #1 this week (I only started listening to DCP a month or two before it stopped). Nice to know it is back!

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