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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Apr 21, 2014

0:00:40 Sharing the love.

0:01:42 Casey Puccini- Bryn's favorite director an collaborator

0:02:43 James Bond- the first character that Casey Puccini ever wanted to be

0:04:28 Casey Puccini: Bond Universe photo archivist

0:09:30 Young Casey Puccini wrote and directed to match his available resources

0:10:10 He also spent so much time thinking about his script that he only shot one film as a teenager

0:11:10 "Why do we all have braces, we're supposed to be adults"

0:14:00 Casey is also teaching editing to high school students and cinematography to college students

0:17:18 Casey decided to carve his own path rather than follow tradition

0:17:42 "Anyone who writes directs, stars, and produces their own work is an alpha personality"

0:20:08 "So you're scaring yourself straight by becoming your worst nightmare"

0:20:20 Children Without Parents was shot in Bryn Packard's house. Jake had interesting encounters with the crew.

0:22:00 "*Smash-Smash-Smash*…the fuck???"

0:25:00 It became important to Casey to really enjoy the process of making films, not just rush to the end product.

0:27:20 "I find a great, miserable joy in watching people squirm…"

0:29:50 "The best comedy… is the comedy of pain"

0:32:50 Bryn is a punching-bag in Casey's new movie! And his dad is in it, too!

0:35:00 Bryn also gets to be a punching bag on this podcast

0:35:55 Bryn is feeling deeply insecure about his career prospects… Nilsa suggests that perhaps he is being too hard on himself.

0:38:00 How much improv does Casey have on set?

0:40:00 Nilsa boldly calls out Casey for not finishing his script- he's too good, he needs to hold himself accountable and finish them!

0:41:10 Casey loves bringing-in artists to hang the flesh on his idea skeletons

0:42:20 "Writing and Directing something is somewhere between shooting yourself in the foot, shooting yourself in the nuts and shooting yourself in the head"

0:47:15 Casey promotes… getting engaged! "It's hard to do anything in this life without moral support."

0:48:00 Hey Chicagoans, take Casey Puccini's Media Practices this summer at the Art Institute!

0:50:00 There is no one more fun to be mean to than Bryn Packard.


0:55:00 Casey's job at SAIC is actually contingent on him producing work.