So Whaddaya Want to Know?

So Penda started this idea on her blog, and I thought it might be a good idea here too. For those of you who read regularly (or just stop by on occasion), what about me — personal, professional, political, potpourri — do you think you probably should know but don’t? Ask me anything in the comments (anonymity is perfectly fine); can’t promise I’ll give you the knowledge you seek (unlike Penda, there probably are some things I won’t answer), but I’ll do my best.


At 11:48 AM, MontiLee said...

Two questions:

One - When did you decide that making movies was how you wanted to spend you time.

Two - what is your happy food?

At 12:14 PM, Bill Coughlan said...

I first realized I wanted to make movies in high school. There were a couple of catalysts for this. One, my family got one of these newfangled "VCRs," and I figured out that I could do simple editing with just a camera and the VCR's "pause" button (and I was still doing that with my brother throughout college). And two, I took a filmmaking course that gave me the chance to get down and handle 8mm film. I'd always been interested (some may say "obsessed") with movies, but at that point I finally realized that I could directly apply the creative writing, theatrical, and visual artist skills I already had to this new medium.

Probably why I've been more interested in making "story" films than "documentary" ones -- it's just what I've always enjoyed doing.

And my "happy food" is crab. Mostly Alaskan king crab, though that's hard to come by these days. I've often joked that my wife and I are on the "twenty-year" vegetarian plan (first we eliminated most major predators from our diet...), and I know that from a humane killing standpoint, crab ain't all that palatable, but I doubt I'll ever be able to cut it out entirely.

(We have stopped eating pork products, but that's probably thanks more to Babe than anything else.)

At 7:06 PM, Lisa said...

Disney or Warner Brothers? Simpsons or Family Guy? Coke or Pepsi?

At 9:27 AM, Bill Coughlan said...

If we’re talking the movie world in general, I’d probably give Disney the edge. Yes, they’re pure evil, but they do (at least for now) have Miramax under their umbrella. Not to mention that I’m still bitter about Warners’ complete destruction of the DC Comics properties (the “Death to Schumacher!” rallying cry has merely shifted to “Death to Pitof!”).

But in terms of the most obvious comparison — the world of classic cartoons — there really is no comparison. Warners all the way.

As appealing as Family Guy is, I have to give the edge to Simpsons, if only for maintaining its satirical edge — largely undiluted — for so long.

And I’ve been a Pepsi man since I was a kid. I can actually trace that back to my Uncle Bob, who impressed the importance of Pepsi (and Bosco, but that’s another story) upon me at an impressionable age.

Of course, I’m also cheap, so I’ll gladly grab whatever the free fountain machine is dispensing (Coke, in the case of my office).


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