Well, after a bit of momentum via a great interview with "Weird" Al Yankovic, we thought this summer was shaping up to be fruitful. We were on our way to our next interview - contact was made and we made our pitch. Unfortunately, it turns out MAD was not a major influence of our targeted guest - who would have thought! So, we struck out there, but the search continues. We are sending out more requests for interviews, and hopefully we'll get a few bites.
On a positive note, we have tracked down some tremendous footage of the MAD staff at work in 1978. It has great interviews with Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein, but to see the likes of art director John Putnam, production man Lenny Brenner, and associate editors Nick Meglin and Jerry DeFuccio is amazing. Let's hope the licensing fee gods look down favorably upon us when it comes time to tally this thing up.
As the eternal wait to land a few more interviews drags on, we continue to edit and plan for further B-roll shoots. As this has taken far longer than any of us would have imagined, we've decided to keep the flames of interest glowing with some short "Moments of Mad-ness". These will be minute long pieces taken from the interviews we have collected so far. Seeing that Sergio Aragones recently celebrated a birthday, we thought who better than to kick this off. So have a look and hopefully we'll have some positive responses to our interview requests so we can move this project ahead!