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    • One of our former panelists, photographer Renee Robyn, introduced us to Tab so I hopped on the phone with him. He's fascinating. If only we could have several lives to live, I would choose his as one of mine.

      After graduating from USC film school, he helped write the screenplay for Gorillas in the Mist. which was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

      He's on assignment atm, but will be free perhaps later this week or next for an extended panel Q&A. By extended, what I mean is he likes the idea of being able to take his time with his answers and think about them, like you would in an email exchange — perhaps over a couple of days.

      He and I share a fascination for native Americans, so I watched Last of the Dogmen, a film he wrote and directed about a lost Cheyenne tribe. Variations of it have big view counts on YouTube but he says go for the one without the folksy narration from Wilford Brimley that the studio made him add (over the beautiful soundtrack). The film is a cult classic Western and I loved it.

      To help get your questions ready, here's a list of other films & TV he's written:

      Feature Films:

      My Best Friend is a Vampire  - 1988
      Gorillas in the Mist – 1988
      Last of the Dogmen – 1995
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 1996
      Tarzan – 1999
      Atlantis: the Lost Empire – 2001
      Brother Bear – 2003
      Dark Country – 2009


      Batman/Superman: Apocalypse - 2010
      Batman Year One – 2011
      The BOBBLEHEADS movie – 2019


      Thundercats – 2011-2012 (7 episodes)
      Teen Titans Go! – 2013 (2 episodes)
      Be Cool, Scooby Doo! -  2016-2017 (2 episodes)

    • I read the Edgar Rice Burroughs books and they were so unlike the original Tarzan movies. The books are dated in some ways but enjoyed them.

      How much did the original book influence your screen play?

    • I appreciate that you took the time to write that wonderful introduction, rather than just copying and pasting from a company’s brochure, website or publicist’s writeup.  It immediately felt more personal and less “sponsored content”: I’m now more interested, as a result, in both reading Mr. Murphy’s interview and submitting questions for the Q&A.

      Also, I’m 100% in favor of more panels with “extended time” responses.  There is no way I could’ve pulled off my amazing interview with @amacbean16 or my education panel with a New York Times columnist and other luminaries if we had been constrained to a two hour time limit [1,2].

      [1]. Extended time response interview with @amacbean16

      [2] Extended time response panel with panelists in four different time zones: Australia, London, Toronto and Chicago.

    • I, too, love the idea of an "extended panel Q&A". I think this is where Cake will really shine, especially when compared to quick "ad hoc panels" that are over before I've even seen them for the first time.

      I wonder, both regarding this announcement conversation and because I plan on doing something similar in the future, if it wouldn't be a good idea to just get the panel started even if the participants aren't ready yet? That way, I could click on "Follow" and be notified once there's some activity. On the other hand, while that would simplify things for people who mostly want to lurk, it would also mean that we couldn't have this conversation.

    • That's a very good question, Factotum. We've debated that internally quite a bit. Victoria has a vision for starting a panel with Q&A days before the panelists arrive so their audience can have time to consider & submit questions. That way, when the panelists arrive, they already have some good audience questions to consider.

      I didn't do it that way with Tab's panel partly because with him on assignment I'm not sure we'll get a hard start date until right before he's ready.

      In prep for his panel I watched Gorillas in the Mist last night. No wonder he and Anna Hamilton Phelan were nominated for an Academy Award. So powerful.

    • Great to hear that this is on your radar, @Chris!

      I'm very much fascinated by native American lifestyles myself, although mostly on a non-fictional level. I will probably lurk here to see what happens with the panel. :)

    • I missed that idea when I initially read the message for this afternoon’s panel interview:

      Please join me in welcoming Andrew Kessler of Scough for a Cake panel this Monday, April 15, from 3-4 PM Eastern. This panel is accepting your questions, so please ask away in advance!

      I think this is exactly what users such as @Ravi have been hoping for. IMHO, the best questions often come from having extended time to formulate them. This is a great enhancement to the audience experience. Extremely impressed with the level of detail that’s gone into the Q&A panel experience.