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The Steve Sicherman Interview

SS: My wife would love this question. The job is very consuming. Friends of mine in other businesses, when they want to relax, away from work, they'll go watch TV, or they'll go to the movies. And obviously, if you work in that, then it's a busman's holiday. I'll be watching a movie, and my wife is used to the fact that I'll start groaning. And she'll be like "[annoyed] What." "I wish they hadn't done that scene that way," and so on. My wife and I were on the couch with our two-year-old, watching one of his Sesame Street videos, and I did the groan.

WC: You are tough!

SS: It's like you can't control it after a while! "What." "That kid!" She's like, "What kid? There are fifty kids!" "The kid in the rainbow shirt! In that shot, he's on Big Bird's left, and now he's on Big Bird's right!" So my wife gets very frustrated when she sees that.

Just a side note: this is sort of apropos of this. I was actually shooting a pilot up in Vancouver. It was an hour drama that we were doing when I was at MTV, and I remember going out for a couple of beers after we wrapped one night. And we were just talking about the job, and one of the sound guys had said, "I don't sleep very much." And I was like, "Oh, yeah, you know, because scripts are coming in," and he was like, "No, no. My refrigerator is keeping me up." So basically, this guy whose job was, he was the guy who had the boom mic, and part of his job was, if a plane was flying overhead twenty miles away, he was the guy who'd go, "Bup-bup-bup! Plane." Now the hum from his refrigerator was keeping him up at night. I feel bad for that. I guess I got lucky.

WC: Sometimes, even now-- I mean, I haven't recapped a show in years and I still sometimes do it. If we're watching something and there's a montage, it's like, "Aw, recapper crack." It's what we all wait for.

SS: Do you ever sit there and wish that you could make jokes about it? But sometimes you do -- you edit stuff.

WC: Oh yeah, I do put in comments.If I'm editing recaps of shows that I watch, I usually have lots of comments.

SS: You get the best of both worlds.

WC: Exactly. Do you ever watch shows and think you wish you could work on them? Or is working on one show pretty much the same as another?

SS: Once in a while I'll see a show and think, "Wow, I really respect that show, and that might be a good show to be involved with." But the flip side is that if it's a show that I'm really enjoying, then I almost don't want to ruin it by having to analyze it too much.

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The Steve Sicherman Interview

SS: My wife would love this question. The job is very consuming. Friends of mine in other businesses, when they want to relax, away from work, they'll go watch TV, or they'll go to the movies. And obviously, if you work in that, then it's a busman's holiday. I'll be watching a movie, and my wife is used to the fact that I'll start groaning. And she'll be like "[annoyed] What." "I wish they hadn't done that scene that way," and so on. My wife and I were on the couch with our two-year-old, watching one of his Sesame Street videos, and I did the groan.

WC: You are tough!

SS: It's like you can't control it after a while! "What." "That kid!" She's like, "What kid? There are fifty kids!" "The kid in the rainbow shirt! In that shot, he's on Big Bird's left, and now he's on Big Bird's right!" So my wife gets very frustrated when she sees that.

Just a side note: this is sort of apropos of this. I was actually shooting a pilot up in Vancouver. It was an hour drama that we were doing when I was at MTV, and I remember going out for a couple of beers after we wrapped one night. And we were just talking about the job, and one of the sound guys had said, "I don't sleep very much." And I was like, "Oh, yeah, you know, because scripts are coming in," and he was like, "No, no. My refrigerator is keeping me up." So basically, this guy whose job was, he was the guy who had the boom mic, and part of his job was, if a plane was flying overhead twenty miles away, he was the guy who'd go, "Bup-bup-bup! Plane." Now the hum from his refrigerator was keeping him up at night. I feel bad for that. I guess I got lucky.

WC: Sometimes, even now-- I mean, I haven't recapped a show in years and I still sometimes do it. If we're watching something and there's a montage, it's like, "Aw, recapper crack." It's what we all wait for.

SS: Do you ever sit there and wish that you could make jokes about it? But sometimes you do -- you edit stuff.

WC: Oh yeah, I do put in comments.If I'm editing recaps of shows that I watch, I usually have lots of comments.

SS: You get the best of both worlds.

WC: Exactly. Do you ever watch shows and think you wish you could work on them? Or is working on one show pretty much the same as another?

SS: Once in a while I'll see a show and think, "Wow, I really respect that show, and that might be a good show to be involved with." But the flip side is that if it's a show that I'm really enjoying, then I almost don't want to ruin it by having to analyze it too much.

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