It's funny, looking back, how little I knew about setting up shots and
planning for a shoot, but I knew enough to plan things so that I could
have a "do-over". John was located near me geographically so I could
come back if the whole thing really didn't go well.
It actually went pretty well, although we conducted the interview for
way too long. At the time, I was concerned I didn't have enough
possible footage, so we spent a long time covering every possible
aspect of BBSing, running a board, being a user, and so on.
The real great part turned out to be the old BBS he had in a box
in his basement, which we went down and pulled out on camera. Between
his dark basement and the pure "from another time" sense of his BBS,
it's almost archeological how the whole thing comes across on film.
I made a lot of mistakes on this shoot, like I said, but there's definitely
footage that I was able to use in the final episodes. And John was great,
even inviting me to a party a year or two later.
I lost my first item on this shoot, a screen that is meant to go on
one of the lights and stop debris from falling on it, which could lead to
damage. I never recovered it.