Talking Pictures #2: Mark W. Travis, Director of GOING UNDER

Uncategorized / 9. August 2016

TALKING PICTURES is an interview series in which I talk to the people
behind some of my favorite movies. From cult movie directors to
character actors, from
seasoned veterans to brilliant newcomers, from celebrated artists to
filmmakers who haven’t received the recognition they deserve – these
folks have made some great movies and have lots of fascinating stories
to tell.

Back in the Nineties, I came across a comedy on German television
starring Bill Pullman that was called U-BOOT ACADEMY – a film that
seemed to be in the same vein as the POLICE ACADEMY movies, with lovably
goofy characters and a delightfully silly kind of humor. Even though
Michael Winslow had a small part in it, the film actually didn’t have
anything to do with the ACADEMY series, as I later found out – its
original title was GOING UNDER. Regardless of its connection or lack
thereof to the ACADEMY movies, I loved the film – its visual gags, its
crazy ideas, its Zucker-style absurdity. Pullman was in his wonderful
early comedy mode, and the film (which I’ve always seen in its dubbed
version, which adds quite a lot of puns) remains endlessly quotable.

Over the years, I’ve always kept an eye out for other films made by
GOING UNDER’s director, Mark W. Travis. While Mark has worked
extensively in television and theatre, GOING UNDER remains his only
feature film. However, Mark went on to become a well-regarded teacher,
doing acting and directing workshops all over the world, and releasing
several books on directing, e.g. THE FILM DIRECTOR’S BAG OF TRICKS. You
can find out more about him on his website.

After revisiting the film and writing about it (here
– a German-language review, though, like most entries in this blog), I
decided to contact Mark and interview him about the film. I was
surprised to hear that there was a lot of behind-the-scenes drama in
post-production, and the finished film isn’t what Mark wanted at all …

No audio player visible? Just follow the link below to download the file!

The mp3 file can be downloaded HERE.
The Talking Pictures podcast can be found on iTunes: HERE.

Photo of Mark W. Travis (C) Mark W. Travis.
Special thanks to Dr. Wily, my Lichtspielplatz podcasting partner for audio editing. The music was created by Clark Kent.

Christian Genzel
Christian Genzel
Christian Genzel arbeitet als freier Autor und Filmschaffender. Sein erster Spielfilm DIE MUSE, ein Psychothriller mit Thomas Limpinsel und Henriette Müller, handelte von einem Schriftsteller, der eine junge Frau entführt, weil er sie als Inspiration für sein Buch braucht. Außerdem drehte Genzel mehrere Kurzfilme, darunter SCHLAFLOS, eine 40-minütige Liebeserklärung an die Musik mit Maximilian Simonischek und Stefan Murr. Derzeit entwickelt er seinen zweiten Spielfilm BROT UND SPIELE, eine Komödie mit Thomas Limpinsel, Götz Otto und Steffen Wink über alte Kindsköpfe und noch ältere Computerspiele, und dreht eine Dokumentation über den Filmemacher Howard Ziehm. Christian Genzel schreibt außerdem in den Bereichen Film, TV und Musik, unter anderem für GMX, den All-Music Guide, das 35-Millimeter-Filmmagazin und Film & TV Kameramann. Außerdem hält er Vorträge zu Filmthemen und kuratierte 2014 an der Universität Salzburg eine Filmreihe zum Thema "Erster Weltkrieg".

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