I don't think a show's ever changed networks in the middle of the season before, but it was cool because they gave us those extra couple years of life that was necessary to get us to syndication.
Well Bill Martin and Mike Schiff were the creators and they knew we had to do a family show. Everybody came at it from the angle of having been a kid and a teenager.
Fair or not, it always sucks when everyone wanders back from Sundance talking about how bad the movies were.
I did pilots here and there but mostly I was doing little bits in movies.
I remember working on movies like Gettysburg and feeling that Jeff Daniels was kind of a mentor.
Ultimately, it has been a struggle- but I was in Minneapolis and Austin a couple of weeks ago, sitting in theaters with complete strangers watching this weird movie that Kirk and I thought up and I was excited to be making film.
We own our movie and are now close to breaking even, even without finishing domestic DVD deals.
The day I showed up to South Carolina to work, I was with my kid and my ex and our dog and Kirk was hanging with this weird guy and I kind of defined the two of them by his friend and made a vow to avoid him.
It was all that stuff about taking your parents' car when you're 13, sneaking booze into rock shows and ditching school with your friends. I could relate to that as a former teenager, rather than as a present parent.
Once a film is made and it exists, someone somewhere is going to watch it and that is kind of the magic of it all.
It didn't get into Sundance although I showed a rough cut which is a mistake to all filmmakers out there.
No, I'm not a comic book guy. I'm pretty fascinated with the subculture though and I do think that the world of comic books is such a natural transition into film.
Then I did The Tao of Steve and that was at Sundance in 2000 where it did really well.