In the first part of my OCon “saga,” I talked about how Steve was in the midst of a podcast interview when I met him. The podcast is called CF3 (Cult Fans, Films & Finds), and the episode just went up. In addition to Steve’s interview, it also includes an interview with Gigi Edgley, a review of The Dark Crystal, and some other stuff.
A word of caution before I post a link to the content: while the interview segments are safe and appropriate for everyone, the rest of the episode contains some explicit language. I don’t think I’m able to link right to one particular segment, unfortunately.
Oh, and by the way…I’M IN THIS PODCAST! They paused it briefly so Steve could talk to me but resumed it when they realized that we were acquainted. So you can hear me say hi to him (which I have NO MEMORY of doing, by the way), and then you can hear me getting giggly from nerves when Steve compliments my blog.
For some reason, the embed function isn’t working, so here’s the web address:
I’ve been told that it is also available through the various podcast apps, if that’s more convenient.
I wanted to give you timestamps to help you find the most relevant content on your own, but for some inexplicable reason, the points where I’m finding the content are different every time I try to seek them out, so I can only give you approximate time stamps:
- Start of Steve’s interview: Approximately 5 minutes (plus or minus 15 seconds)
- My brief contribution: Approximately 6 minutes (plus or minus 40 seconds)
- Steve’s rating of The Dark Crystal: Approximately 1 hour (plus or minus 6 minutes)
It’s not ideal, but that’s the best I can do.
Apart from moments that they paused the recording while I introduced myself to Steve and The Dark Crystal rating part that they spliced out and moved to a different part of the episode, this whole interview is totally intact and presented exactly the way it actually happened, even the part where they had to pause because of the announcement over the loudspeaker. Which is AWESOME for me! As indicated by my three-part saga, I went to a great deal of effort to firmly fix my memories of most of my day with a great deal of detail so I could write about it later. But I didn’t bother to do that with the podcast interview because I knew it would eventually be available online. Listening to it now, however, brings me right back to the moment and allows me to see it in my mind just as it happened. It’s probably as close as we Muggles can ever get to a Pensieve.
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the fact that I was included, however briefly, in the interview, but now I’m so glad that at least a piece of that moment is frozen in time and preserved forever. After Steve said that I had written some very nice things about him, I didn’t hear what he said immediately after that, or what the other guy said about “nice things are nice,” because my brain was overloaded with processing what was happening. So it’s great to hear it now.
There are other ways in which my memory may not be completely accurate, because I remembered that it was Steve who noticed me in “line” at the booth, but on the recording, it’s the CF3 guys who bring it up. I think James, Steve’s agent, was there too, though, and he may well have made a silent gesture pointing me out. I honestly don’t remember. Also, it’s only about 30 seconds between the time that they start recording and the time that they notice me. It seemed to me that I stood there waiting for longer than that. Maybe they had a conversation before they actually started recording, or maybe it seemed longer to me because of the antici…pation.
I don’t specifically remember saying hi to Steve either as I approached the table, and listening to that on the recording is kind of hilarious because as I listen to myself, I can hear that I’d totally assumed an air of familiarity with him already despite the fact that I knew that he probably wouldn’t recognize me on sight.
Another thing that I really hope comes across is the warmth and graciousness in Steve’s voice as he invited me to his table before he even knew who I was. I hope that you can hear in his voice the welcoming smile on his face. And I really want to emphasize the fact that he treated everyone who came to his booth with the exact same friendliness and enthusiasm, even in the afternoon when he was tired.
I think it must have been after the actual interview that Steve said to the CF3 guys that they should talk to me. Since I hadn’t been asked to join in the actual interview, I stayed quiet, but it was very difficult. I would have liked to join in the conversation about Kermit’s TED Talk, which is very special to me.
I also wanted to respond when Steve talked about Yoda’s lightsaber fight in Attack of the Clones (still a stupid title), because I actually disagree with him. At the time, I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever, and I don’t remember anyone in the theater laughing at it. That said, however, I do agree that Yoda looks much better as a puppet, and I don’t see why he couldn’t be a puppet for most of that movie and then be CG when he needed to be CG. Maybe there were questions about whether they could seamlessly marry the practical and the virtual at that point.
I’m not sure anymore if Steve talked about The Dark Crystal prequel (and whether Jim Henson would have revisited that world) at the Q&A as well, or if it was just here. I may have been conflating the two conversations in my mind. He did talk about the movie at the Q&A though, that I know for sure.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes tidbit: You heard the introduction by Gigi Edgley at the beginning of the episode? Well, they asked Steve to do one too, and he obliged willingly. However, they initially asked him to do it as Kermit, and he had to decline.
Now, I don’t mind at all, but it’s kind of funny to me that they included my brief contribution to the interview but then didn’t explain it any further to their listeners/readers. That must all seem very random when listened to out of context.
Anyway, I should stop yammering and post this so you can listen to it yourselves.