Spike Lee, island vacations, and candied bacon! What more do you need in life? They’re all right here as Cutters Studios’ editor extraordinaire John Dingfield stopped by for a thoroughly entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN…
SCREEN: What is your go-to dish that you bring to any Thanksgiving dinner festivities?
JOHN: Candied bacon. Oh, I know it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but that’s only because nobody thinks to make it. And why do I love it? C’mon! It’s candy and bacon, the two best things in the world.
SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve ever met?
JOHN: Spike Lee. I edited some spots with him a while back. He’s the kind of guy who refuses to sit on the couch behind you – he sits in the assistant’s chair, right next to you, practically touching shoulders. At one point, I made an edit that Spike really liked, and we locked eyes for an uncomfortably long period of time, just smiling at each other. It was harrowing. I’m not ashamed to admit that I broke eye contact first.
SCREEN: Describe your perfect weekend!
JOHN: Warm sun, blue water, an island beach, an umbrella in my drink.
[Editors Note: Ok that sounds great, John, so let’s all put on our headphones and relax in this virtual tropical paradise for a few minutes…]
SCREEN: Your greatest athletic achievement?
JOHN: Um, I wrestled in the 78-and-under weight class in 7th grade. Does that count? I don’t recall ever winning a match.
SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?
JOHN: Below Deck Mediterranean, and I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit it. I started watching it with my girlfriend Susan, and I think I’m even more into it than she is. I can’t wait to find out what hijinx Captain Sandy and the rest of the crew are up to next season.
[Editor’s Note: Ok John, here you go, enjoy!]
SCREEN: Worst job ever?
JOHN: One summer during my college years, I worked on a fish processing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I was on my feet, gutting salmon for 20 hours a day — legally, they were required to let you sleep for four hours. Twelve of us slept in a tiny cabin, everyone stank of fish, and we were allowed 5-minute showers every other day. We were always on the verge of mutiny, and for good reason: halfway through the salmon season, the kitchen ran out of orange juice because the captain’s favorite drink was a Screwdriver (We ran out of grapefruit juice two weeks later, after he switched to Greyhounds). Thankfully, the crew was let go before the salmon season ended. The company went bankrupt, and I found myself in Anchorage rushing to cash my check before the bank account ran dry. All in all, it was still pretty fun.
SCREEN: If you could fix one thing, what would you fix?
JOHN: Holy crap, it feels like there’s so much that needs fixing in this world, I can’t pick one thing. Hunger, homelessness, inequality? Maybe if I could fix our polarized society and political system, we could get traction on that other stuff.
SCREEN: What is your biggest fear?