Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Interview with Chad Kaplan

Full Name:
Chad Davis Kaplan

Do you have a nickname or what do your friends call you?
It differs over time and by person. Chaddyboy was a common childhood one though.

Providence, RI

Current hometown:
Barrington, RI

Favorite city and why?
I thought Tokyo was pretty cool when I visited. But for I placed I've lived in and really experienced, I'd go with Boston. It's easy to get around and there's plenty going on without things seeming really crowded or hectic.


How would you describe yourself physically?
Probably that I look pretty stereotypically nerdy.

How would someone else describe you physically?
I've been described at different times as looking like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mickey Dolenz. I think both responses are pretty funny.

The first thing people notice about you is…
Probably the beard or glasses.

Hair Color/Eye Color/Race?
Brown, blue, and white.

Sexual orientation?

Religion, if any?

Are you superstitious at all? Any phobias?
Not superstitious, but I do have somewhat of a fear of heights.

Do you smoke/drink? If so, what? Any bad habits?
No smoking or drinking. I should exercise more though.

Current occupation / Dream job:
I'm a freelance artist and 2D animator. My dream job is pretty much doing the same thing, just getting paid a lot more for it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Watch movies.

What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Hopefully finding a zombie antidote and distributing it on a massive scale. This would prevent future outbreaks and help eliminate existing zombies.

Weapon of choice:
Crimson red Fokker Dr.1 triplane with twin Spandaus.

Do you have any special skills?
I can draw.

Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
I went to Emerson College for animation.

Any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
Three cats. Neko, Ming, and Franz.

What is your favorite animal?
The mighty house cat.

Speaking of pets, any pet peeves?
Really bad grammar or spelling.

Favorite / Least favorite Food:
I really dig sushi.

What is your favorite quotation/motto/saying?
“Kelsey Grammer invented the bagel.”

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
The best is yet to come I hope.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
Getting food poisoned in Thailand.
That sounds like an interesting story. Care to elaborate?
I went on a vacation throughout Asia with my mom and dad one summer. Part of the trip involved a cruise and in the last port of call, the cruise line put up us in a hotel in Thailand. When leaving, we all had a quick bite to eat at the hotel for dinner because we'd be catching a red-eye flight for our lay-over in Nagoya Japan heading back to the states. Unfortunately, my mom and I got pretty sick from the food, were quarantined, and sent to the hospital in Nagoya airport. My dad was fine as all he ate was ice cream. Figures. But, the Japanese doctor and nurse where some of the nicest human-beings I've encountered. Just a terrible way to end a great trip.

What is your advice to other people that want to get started doing what you do?
Do it, do it well, and keep doing it.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on/finished in the past? Give us a little history if you will.
Lots of animated segments for features and some animated shorts. The most notable I'd say is the documentary film EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE '70S.

What projects are you working on now?
A lot in the works including an animated feature.
Care to tell us a bit more?
It's actually a live-action/2D animated hybrid along the lines of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT called DESERT MIRAGE. The film is being directed by Michael Fredianelli of whom I began collaborating with with the horror film THE MINSTREL KILLER in 2009. Speaking of which, THE MINSTREL KILLER is slated to be released on DVD in the US later this year from Whacked Movies.

What are you watching?
“Rambo: The Force of Freedom”

What are you listening to?
I don't usually just turn on music and listen to it. I'm a weird one.

What are you reading?
The 1973 comics series of “The Shadow.”

Favorite author/book?
“Rio” by Doug Wildey

Favorite band/song?
The Ramones.

Least favorite band/song?
Well I hate “Moves Like Jagger.”

Desert Island Music/Movies/Books: You know the deal. Five of each.
For movies THE WILD BUNCH, BRANDED TO KILL, WIZARDS, CROSS OF IRON, and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Books are harder. Honestly I'd be pretty happy with just a box of five 500+ page reprints of vintage crime, war, and Western comics.

Are there any questions that I didn’t ask that you wished I had asked that you would like to answer now?

Anyone you recommend I interview that you can put me in touch with?
Aaron Stielstra if he chooses to accept.
Cool. I don’t know who Aaron is, but if you want to make the introductions I’m game.
He's a friend/collaborator and is the one responsible for Depth Charge film and music productions. He lives by the halberd and I'm sure would have some great barbarian proverbs to share. Hit him up via my Facebook friends list if you want.
Cool! Will do!

Pitch parade: Give me all of your links for things you want to promote. All of them. www.facebook.com/chadkaplananimation

About the Interviewee:
Chad Kaplan is an artist and animator based in the New England area with a passion for history and hard-hitting vintage action cinema.

About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre has probably read everything you've read and can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces Electronic Music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK.
He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project.
You can check out the blog for the book here: theendoftheworldisnighbook.blogspot.com/
You can check out the Facebook Fan Page for the project here: www.facebook.com/TheEndOfTheWorldIsNighBook
You can check his author profile at: www.amazon.com/Scott-Lefebvre/e/B001TQ2W9G/
You can follow him at GoodReads here:
You can check out his electronic music here: soundcloud.com/master_control
You can check out his videos at: www.youtube.com/user/doctornapoleon
You can check out his IMDB profile here: www.imdb.com/name/nm3678959/
You can follow his Twitter here: twitter.com/TheLefebvre or @TheLefebvre
You can follow his Tumblr here: thelefebvre.tumblr.com/
You can check out his Etsy here: www.etsy.com/people/arkhamscreenings
You can join the group for The Arkham Film Society here:
You can stalk his Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheLefebvre
You can e-mail him at: Scott_Lefebvre@hotmail.com

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