I'd grabbed a hotel near Dennis Cruise's house so that I'd have
the least amount of time to travel to it in the morning, because
I'm really bad with mornings; more than once throughout the
documentary, I can recall apologizing to someone for showing up
a little later than I expected when I scheduled an interview
for something like 8am. More often that that, I had had to basically
stay up overnight with just a cat-nap to ensure I'd be there on
time (this was especially true during my big Texas trip).
Dennis was gracious and friendly, and we found a good location
in his house to film. He didn't mind my fiddling with half the
curtains and applicance in the room to get a good shot set up,
and was a great interviewee, answering every question to the best
of his ability.
Dennis has a less than positive memory of his time with Mustang
Software; one might even call it resoundingly negative. Brought in
towards the relative end of Mustang, he encountered a firm in turmoil
and the attendant politics that come when it's becoming obvious the
lavish times are coming to a close. I could see that while he'd moved
on, he'd had a lot of anger from that time, knowing how much better
things could have been and how they ended up being so much less.
This contrasted starkly with the experience of the Mustang Employees
I'd interviewed previously, who had nothing but love for the whole
process and their old CEO. It was good to get another side to
the whole story, how it wasn't perfect for everyone.
We didn't just focus on the negative aspects, of course, and covered
a number of related subjects. The whole process went along well,
and I headed out with another great interview on tape.