Monday, August 27, 2012
13 Questions With Phantom Troublemaker – Patrick Freeman
Patrick Freeman is ridiculously busy. He's the man behind Dragon*Con TV. He's also one of the geniuses that created Bob & Carl: Sci-Fi Janitors. He's been locked in seclusion for the past two hundred and seven days editing together clips for your silly monkey asses to laugh at while you wait for the "Collecting Tiddlywinks: Obsession or Passion" panel to start.
Or maybe you'll watch them while airing your sweaty ass out in your hotel room. That Steampunk Pikachu costume is probably pretty rank by now, partner. I'd hang it over the AC unit if I were you. And use some Febreze, for the love of Pete.
Anyway, Mr. Freeman must have seen something special in ol' Phantom because he took a few minutes out of his oppressively busy schedule to answer just a few questions...
1) Where were you born and what is one way that place has effected you as a person?
A) Decatur, AL. I grew up three blocks from the shore of the TN River. I used to ride my bike there almost every day over the summers and fly kites out over the river. It was a very inspring place to grow up. Also… being right down the street, practically, from Marshall Space Flight Center and the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville has lead to a life long fascination with tech and science.
2) What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
A) Voltron. I had all five lions! I can’t tell you how upset I was the day I sat on it and the green lion’s tail broke off… thus ever ending my ability to form Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
3) What is one album everybody should own?
A) NIHIL, KMFDM. It was technically a collaboration album… but man… every song on their rocks!
4) Is your current occupation a career?
A) I wear a few hats right now. By day I’m a senior IT analyst. I’m a free lance video editor most of the other time as well as producer for a company I own called Mountain Stronghold Productions. I’m not sure if either is a career right now. Provided enough incentive I could switch.
5) If so, how and when did you realize that? If not, what are you working towards?
A) Eh… Still working towards whatever keeps me from feeling bored.
6) Who is your favorite wrestler and why?
A) George the Animal Steel! OLD SCHOOL My dad is a huge wrestling fan.. so I used to watch it with him when I was very very little. I mean… the guy would eat turn buckles during the match!! What a way to screw with the minds of the opponents!
7) What are the best shoes you’ve ever owned?
A)Don’t know that I have a best pair… I like sketchers?
8) How did you become involved with Dragon*Con TV?
A) I created it. Wellll actually I co-founded it 10 years ago with Brian Richardson. We had both had the idea of starting to create our own content for the con… and one year I drug in my computer and made something on the spot for the masquerade opening. The rest is history…
9) Which actor do you feel like you could sit and watch for hours no matter what they were doing and why?
A) Well, I don’t know I have any one actor but if it were a TV show it’d be the UK Top Gear. I love cars… and the stuff they get up to IN cars never ceases to amuse me. That’s usually what I have running in the background while I edit video.
10) What inspires you to do what you do?
A) Laughter. Literally. I was lucky enough to have a friend recording the crowd reaction to the very first DCTV Masquerade opening I ever made. And it just happened to be for Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson of MST3K fame. Sometimes I go back just to listen to the crowd response at stupid little jokes I made through video… and that’s all I need to keep doing more.
11) What is something you cannot wait to see or have more of?
A) THE AVENGERS! Seriously… They just need to contract that whole creative team for the rest of their lives.
12) Is there a movie that should never be remade and if so which one?
A) Psycho. Wait… DAMMIT
13) Closer – can you sell me cold on your current project? Take as long as you want.
A) Well I believe you have already seen an advanced sneak at that. Which will have to remain secret until Sunday Night Midnight at DragonCon. You will have to tell me… did it sell? Mwahaha-evil laugh.
Dude – I did get a sneak peek at the intro for this year's Late Night Puppet Slam and holy shit did it give me the Nerd Chills. The little clip I saw was my sparkplug – the thing that started getting me really fired up for Con.
DO NOT MISS THE PUPPET SLAM. It's Sunday night at midnight in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom VI – VII. I would get in line by 10:00 if I were you.