You know the work is amazing when you actually feel like you are standing on this mountain freezing your ass off with these guys making the movie. To feel like you were a part of this amazing crew, I have not loved movie behind the scenes/documentary features this much since The Lord of the Rings documentaries. And that is saying something…bascially more people need to hire Adam Barnick! ;) (Picture below - Barnick with Adam Green and Paul Solet pictured front and center with the rest of the Grace crew)
JC - Sorry, couldn't resist adding this, what, you mean a Weatherman like Holman Hartz...The Rain King!?! A tornado horrified.....and amused Mulder when a cow fell through his motel roof, haha! ;) And you know he loves them flower showers!
JC -What was your favourite cartoon as a child and when you watch it now do you still love it or think, ‘uh, somebody pass the drugs!’ because it is utter shite and you need drugs to actually watch it? Haha. Although Dungeons and Dragons is still shit hot, oh yeaaah! And even to this day I still have a bit of a crush on Hank, haha.
AB - I don’t know if anyone’s questioned my sanity when I brought it up, but the film Paperhouse would probably hit that selection. English horror/fantasy/love story from the late 80’s, I saw it back then and was instantly cinema-smitten. It remains in my top five films ever, and often at #1. A good runner up for a more obscure film I treasure would be Larry Fessenden’s HABIT. Hardcore indie or genre fans know it well, but the average fan doesn’t seem to! (See trailer below)
AB - Sick and demented, eh? Thanks much.
How many beagles will be in your army?
JC - Just to add another video that Barnick has suggested to me he'd like to kill people to and that would be Elvis Presley's Hound Dog. As he so morbidly put it: "I was dancing in the office here picturing Jason and the song! He's just pulling guts out of the guy like he's a dog digging a hole in the backyard."
JC - When he mentioned this to me it also brought up memories of another favourite childhood film of mine, and that would be Living with Dinosaurs which is one of the lost episodes of The Jim Henson hour. It is cute, morbid and a true gem...directed by Anthony Minghella of all people too! Plus it features one of the cutest dinosaurs ever, Dog! (See picture below!)
I still have my ratty old VHS copy of it, truly brilliant film IMHO! You can actually watch it on Youtube as well in 4 parts. Here is the link to the first part and if you love this, then please check out the rest of the episode! :)
Do you like how you ask me for one selection and I always give you 3 or 4?
I think it’s a beautiful story of a lonely yet imaginative young girl and her first love. It’s a story I can totally relate too, especially the character of Anna. All whilst watching the film with friends I got frequent comments of “oh it’s you!” How do you see it Mr Barnick and more to the point, why do you think people should see this film!?! :D
JC - I'd happily be your campaign manager to pimp you out to make sure you got the gig! There is no better person I could ever think to do this than you, they'd be insane not to pick you! :)
But I’ll say deaths of loved ones. Parents, friends, even (and especially) pets. My own death doesn’t concern me, but others’, that is very scary to me. Oddly enough there have been VERY few in my world, which makes me worried that there will be a concentrated bunch of them in my future. I rarely get very far past things like that.. I still have nightmares about dead pets from childhood! It is inevitable, and there’s nothing you can do, but still… It’s unnerving to think of outliving everyone you possibly know. (Barnick at Halloween is What is Scary, see pic below)
That short was Mainstream, a brilliant look at how bland and mechanical the world has become. Now to me, Mainstream ooooozed touches of Cronenberg, how big an inspiration would you say directors such as David Cronenberg and David Lynch have been on your work so far? And are there any other peeps out there that are a constant inspiration to you?
(Pictured below - one of the stunning shots from Adam Barnick's Behind the Scenes work on Frozen)