‘Hick’ director Derick Martini joins us for the final ‘Motion/Captured Podcast’

We’ve had a strange run here at “The Motion/Captured Podcast.”

Technical issues, scheduling problems, and any number of bone-headed moves on my part have made the podcast a highly irregular proposition, and considering it is a show that largely works without a regular format, I’m amazed that we had any episodes at all that actually held together.

Scott Swan is, of course, one of my oldest friends in the world and my screenwriting partner.  Having him co-host the show with me made perfect sense because it allowed us to draw on the very real rapport that we have instead of me manufacturing some forced connection with someone else.  Scott knows me as well as anyone in the world does, and I honestly can’t imagine having done as many episodes as we’ve done if he hadn’t been part of it.

There are some things about the show that have always bugged me, though, and I figured it’s time for us to address those things.  First and foremost for me, the format of the series never quite snapped into focus.  I like keeping things casual and having conversations that just sort of ramble, but for the show to really work, we need to have central idea.

This week’s episode, for example, is focused primarily on a conversation with Derick Martini, the director of the new film “Hick,” which arrives on home video today.  The movie stars Eddie Redmayne, Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively, and Alec Baldwin, and it was savaged by critics during its brief theatrical run.  I saw the film and thought it was small and solid and not at all deserving of the brutal beatdown it received.  Since Martini sounded frustrated by the difference between the the reactions from the critics and from the audience members who have been talking to him on Twitter.  We spent almost an hour talking with Derick about his film, the reactions to it, and even the social media contract he was obligated to sign when he got the job directing the film.  It’s a really loose and lovely conversation, and I would encourage you to check his film out and see for yourself which side of the conversation you end up on.

As always, you can find the show at iTunes or download it directly here on the page.  When I say that this is the final episode of “The Motion/Captured Podcast,” I am not kidding.  However, for a full explanation, you’ll want to listen to the last segment of today’s show.  For now, I’ll just thank you for listening so far, and here’s hoping you’re onboard for whatever’s coming next.