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David Cherniack's roving RV documentary

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 ~ 3pm

An RV full of Canadians camped outside on my street last night. This morning David Cherniack and his team sat down for an interview about Dr Mack and my perspectives on alien encounters. Apparently Cherniak is making a two-hour documentary as he travels up and down the western part of the North American continent in an RV.

He’s interviewed people I know including Dr Janet Colli in Seattle, and many people I’ve barely heard of (since I try to avoid the whole “ufo scene” as best I can). He mentioned that he has approached author Whitley Strieber but they are unsure if their schedules will coincide. My impression is this documentary may be unavoidably interesting simply because of the sheer numbers of different people he’s interviewed. My interview had no particular arc, so I expect that the intent may be for snippets of perspectives. Which frankly is a pleasure and a relief since it puts the burden upon Cherniack as editor, rather than on anyone as an individual speaker.

I hadn’t done any interviews since a couple years ago, when I’d spoken to documentarians who were checking out the “Clancy/McNally” theories. And I’d done one or two when John Mack died, about what he was like, what it was like working for him.

Cherniak was very nice, as was his assistant Sara and their associate who I want to call Dan (but I may be mistaken).

We chatted a bit about John Mack and the different approach he took compared to Hopkins and Jacobs, and a bit about the Harvard inquiry (though I didn’t have much to say about that since it happened a few years before I started working for him). I spoke a bit about my own perspective as an experiencer.

We tried, briefly, to speak about the McNally/Clancy perspective, but I found that I simply didn’t have any passion to recount that again.

Indeed, I didn’t have as much passion to speak about any of this, my edge being a bit dull after these past couple of years of not working in this area. But I did get two or three good paragraphs out with a suitable level of engagement. I fear I set a new record for using the word “spiritual” the most times in any one interview — I tend to repeat certain points based on the expectation that only a snippet will be used, but if I am wrong, then I may come across as a raver of some kind.

Perhaps I’ll be in the finished piece, perhaps not. It may be a year or two before it airs in Canada. They have another month and a half in the RV, I believe.

On a technical level, Cherniack is recording a 1080p high definition, widescreen image. We shot the interview with a single camera, single perspective, in front of a green screen, which may later play havoc with my eye color (nah – I’m sure they can adjust where the green gets replaced and where it gets keyed out). And particularly pleasant, instead of a lavalier mic he used a boom, which meant I could easily stand up and shake off any nervous energy in between questions (the wires of a lavalier sometimes prevent that). Some nice low-power white LED lights helped fill in the shadows, a much nicer experience than being blasted by hot quartz lamps as in the past.

Not sure what else to say; I just thought I could jot this down here given that everyone and their brother has seen me on The Grays’ Agenda. Oh, also I was having a bad hair day (the increasing lack of it), so that should be interesting.

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