An excerpt from our new podcast about HBO’s “Westworld” and a discussion about Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” set the stage for an insightful discussion about how an audience responds to your film.
A few weeks ago JD, Yolanda and I apparently felt like we didn’t have enough time arguing and debating with each other on “Radio Film School”, so we decided to take our passionate debates to a new “frontier”—HBO’s “Westworld.” Our new podcast “Wrestling with Westworld” is a weekly fun, funny, and engaging discussion about the new hit show. On the very first episode, we had a great conversation about audience reception and a filmmaker’s ability to effectively and accurately convey their message to the audience. I felt it would be very informative to share with my RFS audience.
As a follow up to the “Westworld” convo, I share a discussion that JD and I originally had last year about “Do the Right Thing.” In it we address Spike Lee’s comments that he believes the Danny Aiello character, Sal, is a racist, whereas both JD and I don’t necessarily think he is. As the writer/director, did Spike do a good job of communicating to the audience that Sal is indeed a racist? That’s what we explore. Special “guest star” appearance by filmmaker Ryan Booth.
Music in this Episode
Music was curated from FreeMusicArchive.org. In order of appearance, the music in this episode was:
- Fire Ahead by Jahzzar (CC B-SA)
- Black Lung by Broke for Free (CC BY)
- Night Owl by Broke for Free (CC BY)
- Old Western Firefight by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
- Western Firefight 2 by Cullah (CC BY-SA)
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