As the episode was planned out my segment was running short on time so even as Amy had agreed to the interview over the net I would only have a five minute slot in which to place an interview. Not enough time for one of the first American Japanimation icons. Also at that time I was planning to film a Japanese influenced Christmas tale with a Twilight Zone/Evangelion feel.
I had not completed the story but I knew I was going to have a spirit or angelic character giving a main character some inspiring words at some desperate juncture in the plot. I met with Amy and her husband David G. Wilson, III a few weeks after our initial email conversation at AWA. There she agreed to read for "Ezawa Project". She was very kind and professional even to an independent filmmaker like myself.
She read the lines I had to quickly jot down onto a hotel note pad realizing I failed to bring what script I had at that early point in my writtings for the film. Yes, that did get a laugh out of her but any of my fellow anime fans who have met Amy knows she is a very down to Earth gal. Now that I had my first recorded work for this new film I had to finish the script and get the rest on film. One good thing about co-producing "Scene Stealers" was finding other local talented people who enjoyed working on stage and film.
I bet each episode had a budget of about ten bucks. It was amazing how much we were all able to accomplish. Ant and I had both worked community theater so we knew actors,costumers,prop masters, musicians and the like and once our first episode aired and featured MaconFilms.com on the credits more people contacted us and wanted to take part. Scene Stealers was a movie critic show which featured "clips" from the films reviewed which were our own reenactments or parody.