Not to sound too much like a cat poster, but I've been very lucky when it comes to my adventures in podcasting. In fact, podcasting happened quite by accident.
All I originally wanted was to create a review site for the movies that I thought were being overlooked from the 1930's and 40's. Films like 'Pursuit To Algiers' and 'The Brighton Strangler' (the two classic examples I always use). You had to really know how to wield Google in order to find people talking about those movies.
It always made me wonder why...
They're great pieces of entertainment, and okay, they were never going to win Oscars, but somewhere in time, a group of individuals put their hearts and souls into bringing them to the masses, and creation always deserves recognition.
A little way into the review writing, I suddenly thought, 'Why not speak these reviews instead of writing them?' and the Attaboy Clarence podcast was born.
At Episode 6, I decided to go a bit more in depth, and thus began the "specials", which for a while, sprang up every fifth episode. At Episode 30, I decided that the specials needed their own home, and they now appear exclusively on 'The Secret History Of Hollywood' podcast. One week after the creation of TSHoH, it had surpassed AC's subscriber numbers, due, I am sure, to it being featured on iTunes (which does work apparently!).
Outside of podcasting, my time is taken up by adventures with my wife, Hannah, and our children, Molly-Kate, Matilda, and Maxim (The Three M's) as we traverse the country and do our best to indulge everyone's interests. They generally include cinemas, camping, and making full use of our National Trust membership.
I like to cook. A lot. In fact, I kind of do it for a living when I'm not producing audio.
I have no official background in sound editing or sound production. I started doing this and wasn't happy with the way it sounded, so I experimented with different environments, microphones and software until it sounded the way I wanted it to sound. That's basically it. I am always being asked about which mic I use, or how I edit etc, and I have no problems about chatting technical, so if you have any questions of that ilk, just drop me an email on the contact page, and I'll be happy to answer them.
If you would like to know which equipment I use, then I'll put a list at the bottom of this page.
I'm not an old man, although many people think I must be, because the podcasts are about black and white movies. I just enjoy them. I love the fact that they tell their story and get the hell out of there. That's not to say I don't enjoy modern cinema, of course I do. I just prefer my stories to take 80 minutes.
I have been very, very lucky with my listeners. They/you have been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. You may not think that when you write an iTunes review, or mention me on a blog somewhere, or tell your friend at work that they should listen to my show(s) that it matters very much.
You're very, very wrong about that. Sometimes, looking through past iTunes reviews has re-ignited my energy after a week of painstakingly editing out clicks in a ten minute recording, so thank you, thank you to anyone who ever leaves an iTunes review, or enthuses to a friend. You're the cream in my coffee.
I would say that...
...my favourite decade for movies was probably the 1930's. I watch more B-movies than is probably healthy. The best hours are the ones spent making dinner with a movie on, and a glass of wine handy.
To create my shows, I use/have used:
MacBook Pro Retina Display 13"
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Microphone
Rode Podcaster Dynamic Microphone
Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount
Rode PSM1 Shock Mount
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Around-Ear Wired Headphones
Denon AH-MM400 Ref Qual Over Ear Headphones
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
Synology DS16j 6TB
Biotene 50g Oral Balance Saliva Replacement Gel
Glandosane Artificial Saliva Spray
AFW305 Pro Acoustic Foam Wedge Tiles Studio Sound Treatment
Sandisk Extreme 500 240GB SSD
(f you'd like my personal opinions on any of these, drop me a line)