FINALLY! We have a reason to celebrate in this loooong process of producing When We Went MAD!
We just returned from New York where we interviewed our first celebrity who was willing to claim MAD had an influence - Gilbert Gottfried, the cleanest act in showbiz.
We needed this - it was starting to look a bit gloomy - getting close to a celeb, only to have the rug pulled at the last second. Well, this time we were able to see this through. Gilbert was very kind to sit down with us and gave us some very good material to work with. I have to thank Frank Santopadre, a terrific comedy writer (and writer for MAD - whom we interviewed after Gilbert) for hooking us up with GG. So we have our first celeb. Let's hope this snowballs into a few more who see our project as having a bit more credibility, knowing that there are some names behind this.
We also had the opportunity to sit down with MAD legend Al Jaffee for a bit. He's 93 and as sharp as the X-Acto blades sitting in his art drawer, if he has one.
Frank S. was our last interview - and he provided some great insight into what it's like growing up as a MAD fan and then moving on to being a MAD writer.
Finally, just a little bit more of your time to fluff our feathers... the current issue of MAD includes a page with three caricatures; MAD writer Dick Debartolo and... When We Went MAD! producers Alan Bernstein and Doug Gilford! Had I known that all you needed to do to get into MAD was to spend five years or so producing a documentary on them - I would have started this when I was 7. Doug is the drooling knucklehead with the MAD t-shirt and I'm the straight jacketed knucklehead behind him. Either that or I'm the image just to the right of the crying baby - the artist never did specify...
Anyway, if this was MAD's attempt at getting us to overlook the rough spots in it's history... it would have worked - had we made the cover. This is good, but only enough to for us to remove the 130 minute segment we had in mind comparing MAD to CRACKED, issue by issue.
Next up, we're preparing for some studio shoots, and we'll start working on nabbing the next celeb.
Final update - from the technical end of the spectrum: we've been in a bit of an editing holding pattern as we make the switch from Final Cut Pro 7 to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. It's not a good idea to jump ship in mid edit - but we felt that FCP7 had reached the point of impracticality that we could no longer work with it knowing there was better software out there and moving over to it would only delay us a bit.
That's it for now. Thanks as always!