December 24, 2020
In this festive edition of The Screening Room, Rutvig talks with singer, songwriter, actor and producer Elroy 'Spoonface' Powell.
Elroy talks about his time as the voice behind the dance hit, Barry White cover "You See the Trouble With Me" with group Italian group Black Legend, as well as his acting career with roles in Star Wars The Force Awakens, Fighting With My Family and most recently, the Netflix Christmas hit, Jingle Jangle.
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And from everyone at The Screening Room, we wish you a Happy Christmas!
December 7, 2020
In this week's episode host Rutvig talks to entertainment industry choreographer and movement director Lucy Hind. Lucy has worked on a number of projects across her extensive career including the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics Games, theatre work from Broadway to the West End, and television projects like CBEEBIES Christmas shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Truth Seekers to name but a few.
Lucy gives a fascinating insight into the complexities of her work, particularly the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd4FgGSY5BY
November 30, 2020
Last weekend brought the sad news of the passing of a Star Wars legend: Dave Prowse. The British actor and weightlifting champion portrayed numerous characters during the 60s and 70s, but is perhaps best known for playing the iconic villain Darth Vader, as well as the children's safety advocate The Green Cross Code Man.
In this episode, Rutvig remembers his many encounters with Dave over the years and the impact Dave's work had on him as a child.
The book Dave talks about in the audio clip at the end of this episode is Play Safe with the Stars: Child’s Guide to Safety and used copies can be readily found online. The audio clip was edited from this interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6AxQyBsbu8 used with respect to the original author(s).
RIP Dave. Thank you for the memories.
November 23, 2020
John Higgins is a British comics artist renowned for his work on 2000AD, Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke. Rutvig discusses with Higgins his incredible decades long career in comics.
Whilst this interview was originally recorded mid 2018, it leads us into Rutvig's new From Page to Screen series, where he will examine books and their film counterparts in real time, starting next week with the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke. Make sure you have both your copy of the graphic novel and the film lined up and ready. And even if you don't, either way, it should be an interesting series, looking at how well the work translates across mediums.
You can learn more about John Higgins' work here: http://artofjohnhiggins.com
November 16, 2020
This week, Rutvig chats with Hollywood stuntman, actor and magician Matthew Stirling. Matthew has worked on some of the biggest films to date, including the more recent Disney Star Wars films, and has also appeared on Britain's Got Talent.
Listen to Matt talk about his incredibly varied work in the industry.
You can view Matt's filmography here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1946831/
and here: http://www.stirlingstunts.co.uk
November 9, 2020
In this impromptu episode, Rutvig reacts (sort of) to the recent Kanye West appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, and West's comments about Star Wars and the Hero's Journey.
Amongst the various ramblings, Rutvig recounts some early fancy dress costumes, as well as reciting passages from Joseph Campbell's book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (with little understanding of much of it). He also tries to relate elements of the book, as best he can, to the beginning chapters of each Star Wars trilogy; Episode 4: A New Hope, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
Next week, we'll return to our 'regular format' with an interview with Hollywood (and Star Wars) stuntman (and Britain's Got Talent star) Matthew Stirling.
November 2, 2020
In this week's episode, Rutvig talks to long time theatre buddy and actor, Charan Singh. The two discuss how they first met in London (at Rutvig's first ever audition no less), their starts on stage and later, with Charan (now a resident of Singapore) speaking specifically about his evolution from stage to screen actor, to his directorial debut and more.
We apologise for the slightly poor audio on the guest's side. Technology! You gota love it!
October 26, 2020
In our Halloween Special, host Rutvig Vaid talks to actress Patricia Tallman. With an incredible filmography under her belt both as man actress and stunt performer, Tallman is perhaps known to most fans for her work on the 90s Star Trek series' and films, and Babylon 5, as well as playing the updated version of Barbara in the 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake.
She also talks a little about her other ventures, such as her travel agency / events work B5events.com:
You can follow her on social media at the following: https://linktr.ee/patriciatallman
Happy Halloween everybody!
October 22, 2020
The Screening Room returns next week with a host of new guests including Patricia Tallman, Charan Singh and Matthew Stirling to name but 3. And Rutvig will also be recording some special episodes titled From Page to Screen, starting with the Batman graphic novel, The Killing Joke where he will look at the source material and go through it in real time whilst watching the filmed version.
August 10, 2020
In this week's episode, Rutvig chats to old college chum and film and TV graphic designer, Jenn Moye. Jenn talks about her career and how she evolved from her fine arts background, to working on some of the largest franchises in the world as a graphic designer. Some of her credits include The Walking Dead and the MCU films Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game.
If you've ever wondered what's involved in being a graphic designer on large Hollywood blockbusters, this is the episode for you!
August 3, 2020
Host Rutvig Vaid chats with British Actor Richard Cunningham, who talks about his start in acting (you may be surprised where Richard first starting performing) and overcoming his fears performing, through to his education at LAMDA, the beginnings of his professional career in Theatre, TV and film and of course, no conversation with Richard would be complete without some stories about his time on the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which, you may be surprised to learn, was lengthier than it may seem.
An entertaining and insightful conversation with a delightful guest.
July 27, 2020
In this weeks episode Rutvig Vaid is joined by filmmaker and returning guest, Sam Jeffries. The pair deliver a comedy I mean, commentary track for the erm, critically acclaimed, underrated classic, Robocop 2!
They chat all things Robocop (and how good the *original is), Sam's love of Uwe Boll, and the colour of Robocop's helmet amongst other things. All whilst sipping on a sweet, sweet **Budweiser.
*For the record, we love Robocop 2 too! But not Robocop 3. That film was not good.
**The Screening Room is not sponsored by or affiliated in any way with Budweiser. Though it probably wishes it was.
June 29, 2020
In this week's episode, host Rutvig Vaid is joined by illustrator, cartoonist and all round artist, Nicholas Diak AKA Lumberjack Nick. Nick is best known for his Star Wars illustrations - which can be found across his many online platforms - but is also the person responsible for The Screening Room illustrations.
We talk about his career, his past projects and his thoughts on the hit animated series Star Wars The Clone Wars.
June 8, 2020
This week's episode sees host Rutvig Vaid talking with artist Joe Corroney, who's widely know for his work on the Star Wars license, as well as Star Trek and Doctor Who among others.
They discuss Corroney's career, his work with Lucasfilm and and on the Star Wars franchise, as well as some chat about the DCEU and the supposed JJ Abrams cut of The Rise of Skywalker.
June 1, 2020
In this long time coming episode, host Rutvig introduces a series of interviews recorded (by Rutvig and Patrick O' Leary) back in 2017 at London Super Comic Con with comics artists and writers.
They speak to comics creators Guillermo Ortego, returning guest (even though technically, this was his first time on The Screening Room) James Lundy, and visiting Greek creators Nikos Koutsis, Stefanos Papadatos and Tony Tzanoukakis. And finally, we speak with none other than the legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis himself.
The subject matters discussed, show the age of the recordings but hopefully they prove to be interesting nonetheless. As they say, better late than never!
May 25, 2020
In this week's episode, Rutvig catches up with actor Keith De'Winter. They reminisce about the Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi (aka Space Bear) wrap party as well as talk about Keith's varied acting career, where Keith recalls landing the job on The Force Awakens and his first day going in for fittings.
May 5, 2020
Welcome to Star Wars Topps Artists Episode 2: Revenge of the Fifth! Or is it Sixth? I don't know, you decide.
In this second episode celebrating 'Star Wars Day', host Rutvig Vaid talks to more fellow Topps sketchcard artists Barry 'Baz' Renshaw and Matthew Stewart about their education, art careers and their love of Star Wars.
May 4, 2020
In this special episode, host Rutvig Vaid talks with fellow Star Wars Topps Sketchcard Artists Kevin B. Cleveland, Jamie Richards and Danny M. Kidwell.
They chat all things art, Star Wars and sketchcards.
May the Fourth Be With You.