Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Interviews - Aaron Carson

A few weeks ago, I had talked to a friend of mine, Mr. James Alexander, and asked him for advice on how to improve this blog. The best advice he gave me was to do interviews with filmmakers (independent, student, professional, amateur, whatever).

I decided I'd go ahead and do that. 

Originally, I planned to just transcribe parts of an interview. Then, of course, I had to decide how I'd record said interview to be able to go back and transcribe later. THEN I figured if I was going to be recording the thing, I might as well make the whole thing available for people who cared to listen.

Finally, I decided that if I put a little bit of effort into making the interview short and pertinent, I could save myself the tedium of transcription and just make a podcast.

So that's what I did. 

The first official 2190 interview is with Aaron Carson, a recent friend and fellow filmmaker. I got to know Aaron better on the set of Weighted, as he helped us with our "stunt" work (we had our actress pretend to fall off the edge of a roof) and VFX stuff (with Nick Dixon). He has a unique and somewhat unexpected background when it comes to his study of film, as well as some great insight and advice for people who are also pursuing the art and industry of film.

So go ahead and take ten minutes out of your busy life to hear him out (and do your best to ignore my annoying voice.)

Download this episode (right click and save)

What did you think? What could I/should I do better in future podcasts? What other kinds of questions should I ask? Should the interviews be longer? Shorter?

As always, any and all comments are welcome and encouraged.


  1. This is really cool. I think that continuing your podcasts would help those following your blog really involved with those in film. I liked getting to know Aaron Carson through this podcast. The questions and advise/answers given were really good. I liked how you have a picture of the interviewee in the middle of a stunt. Ten minutes was a perfect length. It was short enough to pay attention to and long enough to learn about the Aaron Carson. The interview felt natural which is good because listeners feel comfortable. It was funny. I liked it. So for sure, there was at least one listener. Good Job.
    -Melody C.

  2. Well thanks, melody8! You win the spirit award for posting the first comment. And I very much appreciate your feedback. I'm glad ten minutes works, because it felt like a good length of time during the interview.

    I hope I'll be able to get stunt pictures of all the interviewees, but I can't make any promises.

  3. I'd love to hear interviews with BYU Film faculty - they could be longer than the 10 minutes. What do they think film students need to succeed? Where is film going? What is needed in the industry for BYU-minded students?

  4. Neither one of you has an annoying voice and I think Hans is on to something!

  5. At least 4 have listened! It was really fun listening to your interview with Aaron. He has a lot of great advice for fellow film people, whether students or not. I think 10 minutes was good, but I also think a little longer than 10 minutes wouldn't be bad either. Great idea and great job, both you AND Aaron!!

  6. Hans - that's a great idea. I'll pursue it immediately.

    Joanna - Thanks :)

    Mariah - Score! And thanks for the feedback.

  7. Loved it. I want to second the idea of interviewing TMA faculty as well. Keep it up Jordan.

  8. Thanks Joshua. And you can be assured I'm working on it.


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