By Scott Murray
With Back to the Future celebrating its 30th anniversary (Whoa, that is heavy) I thought it would be fun to go BACK and revisit a couple of interviews I conducted with cast members.
I launched my first podcast in 2011. It was called The Critic Show, and the concept for it was a little too broad and simplistic. I didn't know that then because I was very new to podcasting. However, I also didn't know just how much success I was going to have getting celebrity interviews. As it turns out, I ended up having a guest on almost every episode, causing me to eventually change the name of the podcast to Beyond the Screens.
James Tolkan was on my fifth episode. I booked both him and Efran Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite), and it was then I realized I was developing quite the track record for getting guests.
The first thing I remember about this interview was how James chuckled during my introduction. When I was done reading it, he could tell I was a well-prepared interviewer. Actually, he said I definitely wasn't a "slacker". He was a nice, down-to-earth guy who seemed to really like talking about his career. I not only enjoyed hearing him talk about Back to the Future, but it was also fun to hear what inspired the "Your ego is cashing checks your body can't cash" line from Top Gun.
Here's my 2011 interview with James:
I love it when I get the chance to do an in-person interview. I met Claudia Wells (Jennifer) at a local convention. She was funny and very full of life. One of the things I remember from this interview is how sometimes even the simplest questions can generate interesting answers.
The truth is, her character isn't in the movie all that much. So, I had to work harder to come up with questions to ask. I remembered she was in the scene where Huey Lewis was judging rock bands, and I decided to ask about working with him. It seemed like kind of a lame question at the time...but it generated a fun conversation.
Here is my interview with Claudia:
Universal just announced that Back to the Future will return to theaters for a one-night event on October 21st.
By Scott Murray
I don't have to tell you that San Diego Comic-Con is sort of a big deal. After all, toy companies, movie studios, TV shows, celebrities and thousands of fans will be attending. Along with everyone else in attendance, there will also be plenty of media coverage, and that includes podcasts.
There's a lot to see and do while you're there, so some podcasts will be bringing a whole team of people with them. However, what if YOU are the only representative of your podcast that's attending the convention? Well, there's a way you can provide coverage as well.
Let's face it, you have listeners that can't make it to San Diego this year, so any form of news and coverage is going to be appreciated. The good news is, you don't have to be part of the official media covering the convention to give them something worth hearing. It's perfectly okay to just record your re-cap and post it to your feed.
One of the most common things you can do is simply record an update for them and include as many interesting details as possible:
It was the perfect way to conclude my Day 1 coverage of the event, which included a audio diary-style segment that followed me as I attempted to get a wrist band to opening ceremonies. That's a perfect example of a way to get creative. I worked for Public Radio for over three years, and I got inspired by the way they cover news stories with ambient sounds and other audio elements.
This is podcasting. So, it doesn't have to be NPR or a big production. It just needs to be something valuable for your listeners to get. Think about the types of things you'd want to hear about if you were in their shoes and run with it.
Be sure to check out Assembly of Geek's coverage of San Diego Comic-Con starting Thursday!
By Lauren Gallaway
With over 150,000 people attending San Diego Comic Con each year, it’s not easy trying to find time to meet up with all your friends. Sometimes you can organize dinners or attend panels with them, but even that can be difficult to coordinate.
For those of you attending Comic Con alone, sometimes it's challenging to new friends, especially since everyone is on the go! However, a great way to see your friends, or make new ones, is to attend parties!
Some SDCC parties cost money, others are free and most are themed according to a certain fandom. One of the most popular parties is SherlockeDCC – a Sherlock themed party that’s hosted every year by the Baker Street Babes.
Some parties are brand new this year, like Game of Bloggers, hosted by Tony Kim. Whether this is your first time at Comic Con or you’re a seasoned con veteran, check out the parties below. They might just be the ideal places to meet new and old friends.
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