Amelia Eichler is a film enthusiast and has a passion for the history of moviemaking and movie distribution. In 2019, she wrote an undergrad thesis on the decline of physical media and the impact it’s had on current and future film scholars. I share a lot of Amelia’s concerns and was eager to have her on the show to discuss the accessibility problems introduced by streaming.
Janene Michaelis (whom you probably remember from Episode 143) returns to have a more in-depth discussion on Anne McCaffrey’s Dinosaur Planet, the many historical phases of Disney movies, and how being denied mainstream TV as a kid shapes your pop-cultural perspectives forever.
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James Greene, Jr. is the author of the recent Ghostbusters history book, A Convenient Parallel Dimension. His book goes a great job of looking at the struggles to create the different installments in the Ghostbusters franchise, including looking at the conflicts that happened behind the scenes. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, James and I spend a fair amount of time discussing how film culture itself was different in the 80s, at the time of the first Ghostbusters, and how that shaped our view of the film 40 years later.
Stanley Livingston is a veteran actor known for My Three Sons and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. He comes to Hungry Trilobyte to talk about The Actor’s Journey, a comprehensive course on the business side of acting. Stanley and I concur that, even with the tools offered to today’s internet talent, the fundamentals of building a career with smart decisions haven’t changed much.
The Actor’s Journey is an 8-disc DVD series, currently scheduled to transition to streaming in December of 2022. It also includes the talents and insights of Henry Winkler, Melissa Gilbert, Michael York, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Donner and Richard Rush. You can look over the highlights on YouTube.
Richard C. Meehan, Jr. is a self-published author who is making the most of the independent book circuit. In addition to his scifi novel Cometary Tales, he’s release a historical fiction book titled Ford the Pacholet. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Richard and I spend some time discussing the merits of knowing history by reading historical fiction and how an author of such books should handle real events within a fictional narrative. Ultimately, it comes down to a question of world-building within our real world and world-building within a purely speculative one.
Janene Michaelis is the author of the short story Papagaia Dream, a finalist in the “Coffee Lifts Creatives” writing contest from Sci-Fi Coffee. Like a lot of us authors, Janene has had points in her life that simply didn’t make writing a reasonable outlet. In this episode, she and I have a great talk about how to come to terms with having to choose between writing and dealing with life crises, as well as how to use spiritual tropes mindfully– bearing in mind that talking about someone’s faith in your writing will impact different readers in different ways, depending on their backgrounds.
Phillip Milton is the author of the short story “The Rocket Morning” published by the Sci-Fi Coffee company. A writer just finding his voice, Phillip is a great example of what we fans are capable of creating. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Phillip and I ponder where to take our creative work and our fandom from here.
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Austin Trunick is a film enthusiast and author of the two-volume series The Cannon Film Guide, soon to be expanding into its third volume. Austin and I spend some time talking about the history of the Cannon Film Group, and how their brand of cheap action films fit into the larger movie culture of the 80s. This involves a lot of comparing notes about early video rental places prior to the transition to DVD. We also dig drive-ins like the Mahoning Drive-In and the Circle Drive-In.