Last Thursday I did a Skype interview with Ed Dolista for the Indycast blog. We discussed the Amsel documentary at length, and it was great to reconnect with Ed and the show again. The podcast is now live... You can listen to it here.
We discussed artists whom Amsel admired, later artists who were inspired by his work, and other wonderful people who've participated in the film. (Name dropping time: David Byrd, Drew Struzan, Bob Peak, Mark Raats, Paul Shipper, William Stout, Sam Jones, John Alvin, Steve Chorney, Bruce Vilanch, Judy Goldman and more.) I also talk about Erik Sharkey and Kevin Burke's respective documentaries on movie poster artists, to give credit where credit is due.
I was recovering from a respiratory infection, so listening to the broadcast makes for a great drinking game --...
Last November, shortly before the documentary was announced, I interviewed legendary songwriter and music producer Bob Esty in his West Hollywood home. He's a memorable guy, to say the least.
I had previously spoken to Bob a number of times over the phone about the project, thanks to a referral from my friend David Byrd. It took us a few more months to finally arrange filming, but in the end I wasn't disappointed.
Bob Esty's a giant in the music world, having worked with such talents as Cher, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, and on the Disco-centric films ROLLER BOOGIE and THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY. Esty was also among Richard Amsel's closest friends, so I knew he was going to be a critical interview.
It was also a colorful one. What surprised me most about our discussion was Esty's unwavering a...
The last week has been a busy time, and in the best possible way. The day after interviewing Bruce Vilanch in Hollywood, I was flying to Philadelphia for the first of what will be a number of trips for location shooting, and further interviews.
I've done filming throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while tomorrow I go to New York -- for what will probably be the most critical and important interview for the whole documentary. Fingers crossed.
I considered sharing some pictures and details of my trip here, but I want to save some surprises for the future. Two emotional moments I will divulge: visiting Richard Amsel's grave, and his childhood home, neither of which I had seen before.
Slowly but surely I've continued work on the documentary.. I'm still assembling a crew and setting up a formal business structure, which is why I've been lacking in making further announcements on the site. I've been extremely lucky to have good friends dedicate their talents and their time -- and provide me with a much needed emotional rock throughout all the chaos thus far. (Here's looking at you, David, Judy, Rich, and Chris 1 & 2.)
One thing I'll share for now: After several weeks of email exchanges, I finally was able to interview the man, the myth, the legend, six-time Emmy winner BRUCE VILANCH. Meeting him was every bit as wonderful as one could hope for. He shared recollections of his friendship with the late Richard Amsel, and spoke with equal parts thoughtfulness and hilarity.....