Bowling + Heavy Metal = Striker!
June 8, 2012 Leave a Comment
Director’s Cut host Charles Monroe-Kane joins the blog today with this guest post about “The Making of Striker.” watch the film and an on-location interview with the filmmakers on Wisconsin Public Television at 9 p.m. Friday, June 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.
Ok, before we proceed I need to tell you a little about how Director’s Cut works. Mary, my awesome producer, normally hands me a DVD and tells me a date and time for the interview. I then watch the entire film without reading any background information or bios (that comes later).
Here, do it with me. This is what Mary handed me recently.
Yes. It’s a six minute and thirty second parody of a heavy metal bowling video (if you can parody something that doesn’t exist). I didn’t see that there was an extra on the video, a “Making of”. The extra was feature length.
It gets better.
Mary informs me we are taking this interview out of the studio – to a bowling alley. Sweet! “Get your best bowling shirt ready,” she says. Be shocked: I do not own a bowling shirt. But a quick email to all Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television employees brings me a plethora of choices (note to WPR and WPT employees who are reading this and have not gotten your shirts back, I promise to return them, I just like them near me).
Taping day was chaos. People were bowling during the interview. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to conduct an interview in a bowling alley but it’s kinda hard. All I could hear were balls hitting pins. The low ceiling in the bowling meant the lights were closer, and hotter (much hotter). Mary normally gives me instructions (how much time I have left, stop toughing my nose) via an ear piece. No ear piece in bowling land. Cue cards? Nope.
I was deaf, sweaty and cue-less.
But when I put that 16-pound bowling ball in my hand, the one with a human SKULL IN IT, none of that mattered. It was Striker time.