Friday, August 15, 2008
Our Date with John Waters
John Dehn says:
Last week we made our third trip to Baltimore and recorded the voice for Our Wildest Dreams with John Waters. It was the pinnacle of a two-year experience not unlike Waiting for Guffman. The difference being that John Waters was ready and willing a while back, we just needed more time to construct the program before we were ready for him.
Looking back, the whole experience seems a little surreal. What we got was great, but my memories seems to come in weird flashes.
FLASH: Wow Producers Video is a nice place and it’s stuck at the end of a residential street. Back it the midwest we like to put our production facilities in the middle of bland industrial parks with lots of big trucks rumbling by.
15 minutes later, John Waters walks in.
FLASH: He’s either sucking on a throat lozenge or a jolly rancher from the dish in the waiting room. Which is it?
FLASH: IT DOESN’T MATTER!
He’s watching a ten minute segment of our rough cut. I’m watching him.
He tells the sound engineer to turn up the volume on the DVD. YES!
FLASH: He chuckles at the funny parts. He says he likes the music, and asks who did it. He asks more questions. He says our rough cut is good.
FLASH: HE SAID IT’S GOOD!
He does the read. He takes all our input and uses it. He lets us a record a Q&A session with him.
FLASH: He’s really funny!
After the recording he’s loose and talkative. He let’s us take photos. He’s never in the least bit hurried.
He loves talking about crime and all the current investigations with Detective Rob Ross, who’s come for the recording session. He signs an autograph for my daughter.
FLASH: He’s a really, really nice guy.
FLASH: Susan made all this happen. SHE’S THE BEST!
FLASH: That was fun. Can we do it again?