Interview with filmmaker Jason S.
Conducted June 1st, 2009
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The following interview was conducted over several days with filmmaker Jason S.
Dugpa: What inspired you and Austin to do the Interview Project?
Jason: WE COULDN’T THINK OF ANYTHING BETTER THAN TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY AND INTERVIEWING COMPLETE STRANGERS ABOUT THEIR LIVES. INTERVIEW PROJECT GAVE US THE PEFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS.
Dugpa: How long did it take you both to complete the interviews?
Jason: THE INTERVIEWS SHOT WERE BETWEEN 35 AND 60 MINUTES. EACH EPISODE RECEIVED SEVERAL EDITING PASSES BEFORE THEY WERE SIGNED OFF ON.
Dugpa: Signed of on by…
Jason: THE EPISODES GET SIGNED OFF ON BY AUSTIN AND MYSELF. ONCE WE EACH AGREE THAT THEY ARE COMPLETE THE EXPORTING PROCESS BEGINS.
Dugpa: What areas of the US did you cover during this project?
Jason: WE TRAVELED ACROSS NEARLY ALL OF THE 48 MAINLAND STATES, INTERVIEWING PEOPLE IN ALL OF THEM.
Dugpa: How did you come up with the questions being asked?
Jason: WE SAT TOGETHER AND TRIED TO FIGURE OUT QUESTIONS THAT WOULD ELICIT THE MOST INTERESTING ANSWERS FROM OUR SUBJECTS AND ALSO QUESTIONS THAT OUR VIEWERS COULD RELATE TO.
Dugpa: How did you come to choose the people that you interviewed for this project?
Jason: WE FOUND THE PEOPLE WHILE WE DROVE ALONG THE ROADS OF THE UNITED STATES. WE WOULD SEE SOMEONE THAT WE THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING AND THEN OUR INTERVIEWER WOULD APPROACH THEM AND ASK FOR AN INTERVIEW.
Dugpa: How big was the crew?
Jason: THE CREW CONSISTED OF FOUR PEOPLE.
Dugpa: Who else was involved with this project?
Jason: THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED ARE DAVID, OUR PRODUCER SABRINA SUTHERLAND, WEB DESIGNER NOAH WALL (KNOWAWALL.COM), AND MUSICIANS DEAN HURLEY AND STOLL VAUGHAN.
Dugpa: What type of camera was used for Interview Project?
Jason: SONY V1U HDV.
Dugpa: Where did you meet Austin and how long have you known each other for?
Jason: AUSTIN AND I MET IN LOS ANGELES 10 YEARS AGO WHEN EACH OF US KNEW PIERRE EDELMAN.
Dugpa: Many cast and crew members of Lynch’s films have often mentioned Pierre to be a driving force behind the scenes of many of Lynch’s films. What can you tell us about his role in Interview Project?
Jason: PIERRE MET WITH AUSTIN AND MYSELF ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND OFFERED INVALUABLE ADVICE AND INSIGHT INTO OUR PROJECT.
Dugpa: When did you first become involved with David Lynch?
Jason: I FIRST BECAME INVOLVED WITH DAVID WHEN HE WAS COMPLETING THE STRAIGHT STORY AND BEGINNING TO WORK ON THE PILOT FOR MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
Dugpa: To what capacity is David’s involvement with Interview Project?
Jason: DAVID WAS INVOLVED IN THE INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECT, BUT THE BULK OF THE WORK WAS DONE BY AUSTIN AND MYSELF.
Dugpa: What other projects have you done prior to Interview Project?
Jason: I DIRECTED LYNCH ( one ) AND LYNCH2 and AUSTIN HAS DIRECTED MAKING THE NEW WORLD, A 10 PART MAKING OF DOCUMENTARY FOR TERRENCE MALICK’S THE NEW WORLD.
Dugpa: How was working on Interview Project different than working on Lynch ( one )?
Jason: INTERVIEW PROJECT WAS DIFFERENT IN MANY WAYS BUT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WAS THAT WITH IP I WAS WORKING WITH A PARTNER AND WITH LYNCH I WAS ON MY OWN. THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS WITH IP WAS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT, YET WAS STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT ALLOWED FOR US TO CREATE INDIVIDUALLY.
Dugpa: Are there any plans to release Interview Project as a feature length film or on a DVD?
Jason: AT THIS TIME THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR A FEATURE LENGTH FILM OR A DVD.
Dugpa: What is it that you hope people will take back from viewing Interview Project?
Jason: WE HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE THAT EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT WE ARE ALL ALSO THE SAME. WE ALL ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD BE THINKING OF WAYS TO HELP ONE ANOTHER AND NOT TRY TO HARM ONE ANOTHER. THE PEOPLE THAT WE INTERVIEWED ARE NOT CELEBRITIES, THEY ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO WHEN GIVEN A CHANCE, PROVE THAT THEY ARE QUITE EXTRAORDINARY.
Dugpa: What’s up next for the both of you?
Jason: I WILL BE RETURNING TO BROOKLYN TO COMPLETE LYNCH (three) AND WORK AS A PHOTOGRAPHER. AUSTIN PLANS TO REMAIN IN LOS ANGELES AND PAINT.
You can view new episodes of this amazing series each week by going to http://interviewproject.davidlynch.com/ and also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Special thanks to Jason S. and Austin Lynch. Photos provided by Jason S.