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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Notes and Nerds S04E08 - Sit down with the Raiders Guys and Rob Fuller


Nathan Smith and I (Eric Schuetz) got to sit down and talk to a very special group of gentlemen that got to experience their dreams come true.  We interview Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos...the Raiders Guys.  We also got to sit down and talk with Rob Fuller, the actor who portrayed the "German Mechanic" in the flying wing scene in their Fan Film Adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The interview took place Thursday, 30th of June 2016.  The place was the Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City, MO.  The time, about 9PM.  However, let us not start there.  Let's talk a bit about the documentary that began at 7PM, first.

Dave, Nathan, and I sat down in the theater to watch the documentary on the making of Raiders the Adaptation.  A fan film created by a team of children who were absolute fans of the film, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Throughout the documentary, we are treated with a LOT of insight into the trials, tribulations, and triumphs the creators went through.  To realize that they were your average early teenaged kids in 1982 that were dead set with a dream to create something just for fun is humbling.  To see what they created become something of a cult favorite is mind boggling.

The documentary jumped back and forth in time between 1982 to "today".  We learned what went into their dedication, but we also find the reasons for the dedication.  Truths about youth that we as adults tend to forget, but in many ways repeat.  A saddening realization of the troubles that members of the production went through in their formative years that many of us have faced.  However, like any great adventure film, they push through and persevere.  They performed like true action heroes.

We are treated to perhaps one of the most intense moments of the documentary that leaves the audience agasp.  Something that was borderline tragic that soon becomes triumph.  A demonstration of one man's consummate professionalism.  The sighs of relief and laughter from the audience help alleviate the tension the scene brought on knowing that it was very much real, and not a performance.

Following the documentary is a short Q&A session.  We have the typical questions, one that is a bit...awkward...one that was jesting with one Rob Fuller from a friend of his regarding his "golf game", and one from a particular individual writing this article jokingly requesting that they "fix" Crystal Skulls.  The Q&A session was fun, and enlightening.

Rob Fuller, Eric Zala, and Chris Strompolos

Rob Fuller
Chris Strompolos
Eric Zala

After the session concludes, Dave, Nathan, and I gather up our equipment and sit down with Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Rob Fuller to perform our interview.  An interview that was fun, and enlightening.  A chance to see three gentlemen all very much down to Earth, and humble.  Not one of them accepting the concept of "fame" or "celebrity status".  The interview below is that interview.  Enjoy.

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