Last weekend I met up with Legiron (aka Kevin Hillman of the UnderdogsBiteUpwards blog) on Skype, in order to record a conversation to be posted on YouTube.
I saw it as a conversation rather than an interview. I did in fact have a set of questions to ask him, but they were to be asked when opportunities presented themselves to ask them. It was entirely possible that no such opportunities would arise, and we could have talked about any number of other matters.
As it was, I managed to ask all the questions I had for him, and our conversation ran on for an hour and a half. That’s rather a long time for anyone to want to listen to. I suppose I could have boiled it all down into a few succinct clips, but that would have required a lot of editing. And I thought that the entire conversation was interesting. So instead I just chopped the 1.5 hours of video I had into three roughly equal sections, the first of which I publish today. The other two will follow in the next few days. All three will be posted on the SmokyDrinky Blog, which is devoted to videos of this sort: smokers talking to other smokers.
Legiron was using a hand-held tablet computer, which he couldn’t hold far enough away from his face, and so his face fills the entire window, and sometimes vanishes completely. I wasn’t at all bothered by this. After all, I was more interested in what he had to say than what he looked like. But also I think that this sort of thing adds a certain authenticity to videos like this. The polished interview/conversations on TV never quite achieve such authenticity, to my mind. And we seem to be living in a world where more and more unedited, amateur, hand-held videos are intruding into the polished, artificial, pseudo-reality of professional TV productions.
That both of us were smoking and drinking also added authenticity, I felt. They are both things that real people do.
After it was all recorded, it occurred to me that one fairly simple way of getting some distance between himself and his tablet computer (or mobile phone) would have been to have been to use a mirror. I’ve yet to see anyone do this, but the only downside would seem to be that one’s face would be a mirror image – left-right inverted – of one’s actual face. But it may be of value to somebody facing the same problem. I just wonder what the minimum size of mirror is needed.
Anyway, here’s the video of part 1 of our conversation. It ends, rather naturally, when he tends the wood fire burning in a fireplace behind him.
The point of these conversations, as far as I am concerned, is simply to have people (and smokers in particular) meet up and get to know each other a bit. Smoking bans – which prevent people from meeting in comfort – act to divide people. And this is a way of bringing them back together. The Smoky Drinky Bar heads in the same broad direction.
I’ve been reading Legiron’s blog for many years. This was the first time I’d ever met him face to face. And I felt that I got to know him a little bit better.
I hope you do too.