Australia, Richard Van Sickle, James discussed on Walking the Shadowlands
James thank you very much for joining us today. Thank you for having me on the show hence he could stop with you. Tell us about how you got into documentary filmmaking and specifically how you got into the interior of you documentaries that would take us back to the early nineteen nineties where i had a father who was paralyzed from the neck down with multiple sclerosis and he was a writer and in. I've been traveling. He was fantastic hilarious driven ambitious. Intelligent witty great fun guy. We traveled the world together. I was his legs is schommer. Is secretary is nurse with a lot of fun. We interviewed stephen hawking. We interviewed a race cartilage and dan gurney. We traveled to bomb. The one race is down in mexico. City i mean we did some really cool stuff and my my father was a brilliant writer was always amazed at how he could put words together and so good at it got such skill and i had picked up probably in the late eighties very early. Ninety certainly the late eighties early nineties. Video camera from a friend of mine and Was so amazed at the technology of steam instant. The did these was take back then but the video they right instant playback amazing it was a real novelty back. Then and what a great tool. It was for Documenting things and so. I started doing a video production you know. Probably my very early twenties and Probably i dunno to say when i was around twenty three twenty four very good high school friend of mine one of my best friends. One of my best mates we We bought a car. We flew to europe from america. We bought a car in london. And we drove this old fiat. One thirty one indoors read two hundred pounds for it. We drove it always. Boards added justin unit. Just had a hell of adventure together and make it out of portugal into the back but uh he was a good friend of mine sky rene and he started to tell me back in the us about ufo's and one of my best friends honestly and I had he didn't talk to me about high school but he talked to me about it later in her early twenties tonight. I thought he'd lost his mind. I really did talk about roswell. And take your you ever heard about roswell and i just thought well it's been good friend and i'm going to have to write him off and he's lost his mind and i was telling the story to a mentor I was apprentice video. Production house in san francisco Ellison horn productions have been like this in this guy richard van sickle was. Was you know one of the senior people at the production house. The brilliant guy. I really looked up to him and i just one day told him all. You're not gonna believe it really good friend of mine. He's talking about you then about how you afo crashed and aliens were recovered in roswell back in the forties as a got it my poor friend. He's lost his mind and richard turns me and he says oh. No you heard about that. I said i haven't heard of it. No i haven't heard that fully happened. He said they actually admitted that. Appleton and i thought. Well hang on a minute. Like richard is somebody to look up to and i respect very intelligent. He runs a video production company. And i thought well. If richard thinks it happened maybe i should take a closer look and so i did. And i went to a couple of conferences and i Befriended some military guys basically exchange offers an exchange of of documenting them and making you know Making their interviews available to the public and documented presentations and things of that nature in in exchange. They kind of brought me into their world. Bit and then I think when i was twenty four maybe twenty five i said hey. A documentary on your phones and i was amazed at how not unsupportive. My father was my father was incredibly supportive. Everything done it was the guy that would say son. You know if you ever wanna to do whatever it is in life as long as you're happy if you wanna be a garbage man or a teacher or just zog's you're happy. That's all that matters in life and that guy and yet he was so opposed to me doing a documentary annual foes when. He was begging me not to do it. He used things like you're going down. A one way street is dead end. There's nothing to it with your life and even had other members of the family which actually lived in australia in england and france and italy even singapore writing letters and telling me to reconsider and you bothers very concerned this kind of thing and of course being a taurus. I thought well. You know these guys wrong and i think it was actually just what i needed because i didn't realize how difficult it was to. You know to shoot a documentary and at it right. That's a lot of work. I mean four. And a half years. But i did it and i sold it to discovery channel and you know it was moderately successful. Being for the time it was beautifully received. I i eventually got invited to go to russia because of it and I sort of got last laugh. Really you know and people sort of stood back and thought well hang on a second i did. I wouldn't say. I had the full attention of the family. But they were okay. Wow you know. Doc i ever do you know that was hell you know cut. And since then. I've learned never to say never that. That's it because i just finished by four and a half film of the topic so all twenty seven years later it's funny would never say. Never this absolutely trays. Because something always comes up doesn't it. Oh my gosh yes you know. That's the thing is like. I got invited to russia and it was funny actually because something. I don't really share that often. But i i was in a rambling. Just cut me off. But i figure i. I was selling copies. It was when art bell was doing was in the peak of art. Bell's show right the came. Yes and we got featured a little bit our bell and we were selling which would have been vhs. Tapes i'm assuming a don't take the dvd's popular back get i'm gonna save tests zelin. The tapes of the film as well maintained home video home video distribution rights. So i could get on my own and make extra money from the discovery channel sale. Which i was doing and and i got a letter back from a gentleman.