Saturday, January 16, 2010

"I am Herman Melville"

The US radio show and podcast Studio 360 recently ran an interview with Ray Bradbury in which he discusses his writing of the screenplay for Moby Dick. It's a tale Bradbury has told countless times, but this version - despite originating as something as simple as a phone interview - is Bradbury at his performative best. It's neatly packaged together with audio clips from the film's soundtrack. Listen to it here.

Kip Voytek's blog kip/bot/blog refers to this interview as an example of the importance of immersing yourself in something if you wish to become the master of it. Bradbury famously woke up one day and decided, "I am Herman Melville"; following which he was able to briskly complete the screenplay which he had been struggling with for many weeks. Read Voytek's article here.

My page about the making of Moby Dick is here, and I have other pages related to the film and screenplay here.

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