- Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:34 pm
For me it is still mostly by phone (like John McClane, still trying to modernize by waking up to smell the 90s), though I did skype and facetime a few times in the last couple of years. Plus when folks don't have time for an interview, I still occasionally just send a batch of questions and talkpoints and get responses via email. That speeds things up (no transcription time), but you lose all the great little digressions and inspirations that come out of a real conversation. Except for a story about Laika, which is within driving distance of where I am, I don't think I've done anything in-person since moving up here in 2001.
I've probably mentioned it before, but the interview I had to do the most work to get (outside of Christopher Nolan) was the late Richard Doc Baily, about FIGHT CLUB. He cancelled several interviews, and wound up agreeing to an early Friday evening interview, which pushed to an 11pm start. After a long stretch where he didn't seem comfortable, we wound up with a 3hr + interview that went all over the place, but was really the basis for the whole Cinefex piece, which, like THE MATRIX, pretty much tripled in size while being written.
Oh, and I just had the horrorshow of all horrorshows happen: interview with Cap Marvel directors that disappeared off my digital voice recorder prior to transcribing. Of course, my digital recorder is NOT one that lets you link to computer, so when the recording is gone, it is GONE.
I don't think I've lost a whole interview and story since the early 90s, when I got a terrible recording of a Ken Ralston interview about the Bogart Tales from the Crypt episode, and no amount of equalizing ever brought it back to any audio recognition. I lost a big hunk of Richard Edlund about first STAR WARS but still had some good stuff amid all the bad sound, because that was three hours over two sessions, but still wonder if some SW secrets are lost forever owing to that bad tape.