Saturday, August 18, 2012

On Set of The Guild

This is my second weekend on set of Season Six of The Guild.  My friend Nicki spent the night as well as Brian since both were going to set during the weekend and I actually live closer to set then both of them. Brian was crew and had to be up super early but Nicki and I, though had an early call time it wasn't as early as Brian's. We drove to set together and again I can't really say anything as to what happen. I think it's okay if I say that I was an extra once again. I mean I've been an extra in Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and now 6. Got to interview some folks and over all had a great time.

Afterwards a group (mostly Geek Mob) went out to a local Denny's for some much needed dinner. Had a larger group heading back to my place tonight. Nicki and Brian who were already staying with me and now Jen and Dallas were crashing at my place as well. Brian has to stay on set and do some more work so after dinner Jen and Nicki headed to my place and Dallas drove with me. But before we could head home I had to drop by his place for him to pick up some stuff.  His place isn't exactly in the direction of my place, but he is car-less and I figured since he was coming back to set the next day he might as well crash with us and then come back down with us tomorrow.

When I made the offer I wasn't so tired but once the shoot day was over and we had just had some dinner I was extremely tired and just wanted to get home so I wasn't in the best of moods. But me being me I keep my word and headed to Dallas' place. No problem getting there and it took only minutes for him to pack up and be back to my jeep.  We headed to the freeway and of course the on ramp to the freeway was closed so I had to go to the next one and my gps took me some wacky way and I wound up trying to make a left turn with no light and tons of cross traffic... needless to say that this didn't help my mood. Finally a nice guy actually allowed me pull in front of him and make my turn. Got on the freeway and it was a clear shot home. But the funny thing is Jen and Nicki actually took the wrong freeway and went about 15 minutes out of their way before turning around and getting on the right freeway. So they only got home about 20 minutes before us.

I got everyone settled in to where they were going to sleep and went to bed.. had to be up early for another fun shoot day.

Friday, August 17, 2012

42 Pixs til my 42nd Birthday - Days 4 & 5

Age 4
Age 5
Two more pictures of young Kenny... Day 4/Age 4, it's me with my cat Kittycup. Can't remember if I named him/her. Day 5/Age 5, me on my inchworm, use to love that thing.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adventures on the 405

A few hours before going home today my AE asked if I took the 405 home because there was a jacked knife big rig that spilled it's gas all over the freeway and they have closed the the north bound side completely. It was going to take hours to clean up and after the crazy week I actually had the opportunity to get of work a bit early.  I debated on just waiting here at work until it opened back up or braving it and trying to find an alternate route.

Well I wanted to go home and do nothing so I opted to try and find another route. I started driving to Beverly Glen, which goes through the Hollywood hills and exit into the valley where I could pick up another freeway to get home. Well it took me about a half hour just to get to Beverly Glen and when I go there it looked like everyone had the same idea and it was bumper to bumper. I sat there for about five minutes before I gave up and turned around. Headed down Santa Monica Blvd and activated my GPS hoping to find another way. I noticed that a few of the side streets were not crowded and I could still get to Beverly Glen from a different direction. That planned worked and I got to Beverly Glen in no time. Started to head up the hill and it was great, there was traffic but it wasn't bumper to bumper until I got towards the peak of the hill and then it was dead stop. I sat there in traffic for about an hour going only a few miles. I was tired and frustrated as this was my one day when I had nothing planned and I could just go home and chill.

Making a long story, less long. I got over the hill, made my way to the 101 to the 405 (just after the closure), hit the 5 then the 14 and finally got home around 9:30pm. Took me 2 1/2 hours to get home tonight. Only stayed up an hour and watched some TV before calling it a night and just wanting to end this day.

Academic Podcasts

About a year ago I found this fantastic Lord of the Rings podcast from the Tolkien Professor. His name is Corey Olson and he's a professor at Washington Collage and teaches courses about J.R.R. Tolkien. He started recording his classes and putting up as a podcast, then he started actually doing podcasts discussing The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion and other Tolkien works. I found his discussions fascinating. I'm a huge LOTR/Hobbit/Tolkien fan and the ideas he discussed were amazing. He's been doing the podcast for years and had plenty of back logged shows for me to listen to. I'm currently caught up and listening to his current podcasts, Riddles in the Dark and Silmarillion discussion. Both are entertaining and so much fun. If you're a big Tolkien fan you should be listening to his podcasts.. they are truly amazing, informative and so entertaining.  You can check out his website HERE And you can find his whole slew of podcasts on itunes HERE

Recently, like two days ago I heard about a Harry Potter Academic podcast called Mugglenet Academia. I read the description and thought this would be right up my alley. It's an adult and very academic conversation about Harry Potter and all the elements surrounding it. I immediately downloaded the nine episodes released so far and listen to the first episode today on my way into work... OMG I love it. The professors and expert on the podcast are extremely smart and I love hearing their take on Potter. They bring up things I would have never of thought of. I haven't listen to this podcast as much as I have listen to the Tolkien one but just after half of the first episode I'm sold. I can't wait to hear more. You can download it here from itunes HERE

I love hearing different perspectives and this level of conversations for two of my most beloved literature works of art.

My Gimpy Life Podcast Ep 103

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Show Notes:

Here it is.. the premiere episode of My Gimpy Life CompanionCast

This CompanionCast covers Season 1 Episode 3 - Inspirational

If you haven't seen the episode yet, You can see it HERE

My CompanionCasts for The Guild were a huge hit so when Teal was putting together My Gimpy Life she asked if I would do some for her series and of course I said yes!!

I was on set almost everyday while they shot Season 1. As actors and crew were finished with scenes I would try and speak to them. Get some inside info about the scene they just shot. I also interview Teal Sherer (creator/star) and Sean Becker about the directing. Each one of these CompanionCasts will be episode specific and will vary in length depending on how much bts goodness I am able to gather.

In this CompanionCast I interview Teal Sherer, Sean Becker, Leah Mann, Gabe Uhr & Kristin Ingrim,

I hope you enjoy a look behind the scenes of Season 1 Episode 3 - Inspirational


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Editing Podcasts... Again

Will this ever end.. feels like I have come home after work for the past month and have worked on a podcast. I know it's not true but sometimes it feels that way. Today I had to edit a new My Gimpy Life CompanionCast since the webisode came out a few days ago and I promised to released the new podcasts a few days after the webisode. So I got home around 9pm and stayed up until about midnight working on episode 103. Luckily for me there weren't a lot of interviews because this episode was shot a few years ago and I didn't know I would be doing the podcast for it.

As of right now I'm all caught up on my podcasts.. actually that's not true because I still need to release a Confessions of a Fanboy, currently a month behind, but unfortunately the only person I have interviewed is my friend Jen but I'm missing one element of that interview and can't release it yet.

I'm also still in the process of starting my brand new podcast The Geek Roundtable.. so many podcasts, so little time. The good thing is I love podcasting and thought it's a very time consuming hobby I wouldn't change it for anything.

42 Pixs til my 42nd Birthday - Day 2 & 3

Day 2 - Age 2
Day 3 - Age 3
Here's my picture for Day 2  and Day 3 of my 42 Pixs til my 42nd Birthday. I'm having a lot of fun searching through old photos trying to figure out how old I look in them. Lot's of them are just guessing at the age. It's tough for me to tell because I'm a little guy.

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 37

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Show Notes

Kenny Mittleider from Knights of the Guild, Alien Nation: The Newcomers Podcast & Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast, Simon Meddings from Waffle On Podcast, & Al Kessel from Tales from the Mouse House, Fast Forward & Just Because Podcast discuss one of the most successful and longest running television series in history.. M*A*S*H

Today we cover Season 2, Episode #13 - Deal Me Out

37th Episode Overall

Directed by Gene Reynolds
Written by Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks
Production code K413
Original air date December 8, 1973

Set during the Korean War in the 1950’s

Plot Summary: Sidney Freedman comes to the camp, and joins in the poker game at The Swamp. Radar hits a local with a jeep, although the local is famous for jumping in front of vehicles for the compensation. Hawkeye and Trapper operate on an intelligence officer against regulations. Sidney helps talk around a soldier who wants to kill Frank.
Hope you enjoy it, Kenny

© Geekyfanboy Productions

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Long Long Day

Today was such a long day.. longest I've ever had at this new gig. Got up around 6:30, worked on my MASH podcast a bit to finish it up as it was being released at midnight tonight. Got into work around 10:30  because I was expecting a late night.. just not as late as it went. It wasn't stressful or hard work it was just alot of waiting. We were sending out our very first episode of this new series I'm working on to the network and it had to be perfect. We were told we would be getting the cut at 9pm but instead we didn't get it until midnight and then it took a few hours to process and upload.

I was beyond tired when I finally headed home and just as my luck would have it they were doing some construction on the 405 (which isn't new, they been doing work on it for years) but the bad part was they had stopped traffic for some reason and I sat there for 20 minutes in dead stop traffic. I finally got home around 2:30am but couldn't go to sleep until the email with the link to the cut was sent to me and I could send it to the network brass. That arrived at 3am and I forwarded the email and went to bed as I needed to be back to work by 10:30 for a meeting.

Thank goodness this isn't the norm..

Monday, August 13, 2012

42 Pixs til my 42nd Birthday

Here's my first picture... Day 1 - Age 1
Today is 42 days from my 42nd birthday. My bestie Jes was going to do 30 pictures until her 30th birthday and I loved the idea...  but she never started it. So now that my birthday is coming up I wanted to do something similar for my 42nd birthday. But since I already did a picture of day in May I wanted to do something different and it hit me.. why not post a picture a day for 42 days but instead of them being everyday pictures I'll do pictures of me growing up. So Day 1 would be Age 1, Day 2, Age 2 and so on.

I have quite a few pictures of me as a baby/kid but I don't know my exact age in these pictures but I'm going to do my best to try and find ones that represent the age with the day. I think this can be a fun project. Everyone seemed to like my last Pic a Day in May so I hope folks enjoy watching me grow up into the man I am today.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Knights of the Guild #43

Tonight after I got back from the Guild set I sat down to finish my next Knights of the Guild podcast. I did some interviews last week after The Guild cast did their read thru for Season Six. Of course I couldn't ask specific questions about season six but I could get there thoughts on coming back for it.

So here is my quick interviews with Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Brett Sheridan, Robin Thoresn, Vince Caso, Kim Evey and Felicia Day talking about Season Six of The Guild

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Hanging with My Guild

Today is day 3 of The Guild Season Six and my second day on set. Once again we are at Felicia's house shooting with the same three actors who were here yesterday as well as one new one later in the day.

Once again I spent the majority of my day in the production offices with visits to the set to watch hilarious scenes unfold. But unlike yesterday I did manage to get some interviews for my future companioncast. I did them in the production offices and it was so loud but from comments in the past people tend to like all the chaos happening behind the scenes.

Had lots of fun in the offices today.. as the day progress the jokes get more and more crass. I got to chat with Felicia during lunch which is always fun.

In the Geek and Sundry office there are loads of Guild DVD's and comic books and Felicia was kind enough to let me do a bit of "shopping" since I still hadn't gotten the DVD of Season 5 of The Guild or the latest Fawkes comic book. I also got both trade paper backs.. woo hoo.

So it was another fun and productive day on set of The Guild season six. I won't be back to set until next weekend but I'm expecting it to be a ton of fun with I return.