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Request[AMA Request] A Cinematographer for BBC's Planet Earth

Feb 23rd 2018 by Chizal • 15 Questions • 56 Points

We're Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser, hosts of the Bizarre States podcast. Each week, we dive deep into famous hauntings, UFO encounters, and the downright bizarre. Now we're going even further with a new monthly show Bizarre States: Declassified, airing the last Monday of every month on https://www.projectalpha.com. Each episode will be a longer, in-depth discussion on a single topic (Bigfoot, weird Disney, etc.). To celebrate our first episode airing today, we're here to answer any questions you may have on all things weird and supernatural. We'd love to hear your own spooky stories too. Ask us anything!

EDIT - Hey y'all! We have to get started on filming Nerdist News for today but we'll check back in a bit to answer any remaining questions. Thanks so much, this was super fun!

Proof: https://twitter.com/nerdist/status/966383363358572545

Q:

Hey guys! Love the show

Two parter, 1 who would be your dream guest (living or dead is fair game)

2 Bowser-centric question, as someone who’s had a somewhat similar beginning to their career as you seem to have had, any career advice for someone looking to get into the creative film/editing/media field?

A:

Start doing your own stuff! You can't wait for someone to hire you, or bring you into what they're doing. You have to make your own stuff. Shoot a TON of videos, even crappy ones, learn the ins and outs of editing and what makes shots work together. Shoot weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, anything that starts you thinking about how to visually tell a story.

-Bowser


Q:

I’m well into the events and that sort of thing, I’ll work on trying to start gathering up a group of creative people to make our own projects; that sounds like a solid place to build on!

Thanks for answering to both of you!

A:

I don't really have a dream guest...maybe, Dan Aykroyd? -Chobot


Q:

Hey Jess and Bowser! Long time listener and a huge fan. If you could choose, what would be your top three paranormal hotspots to visit and investigate?

A:

Jess here - Mine would be: Overlook Hotel in Colorado (which I will be going to this year! YAY!) Salem (even though I know it's super touristy, I want to see it at least once. I can't think of a third...there are so many...


Q:

What are your favorite shows from years past that highlighted or touched upon the paranormal? Mine were Sightings and Unsolved Mysteries.

A:

YES!!!! I was just watching Unsolved Mysteries re-runs on Lifetime the other day. Also loved watching In Search Of w/ Nimoy. -Chobot


Q:

Hey Andrew, what was it like working with the great F. Jason Whitaker?

A:

F.J. was great! I still want more people to see The Mother of Invention...on HULU now...

-Bowser


Q:

Jess, you talked about an old wooden roller coaster in WV that ruined all roller coasters for you. Would that be the Big Dipper at Camden Park? Might also explain your fear of clowns. Camden Park

A:

Maybe. I was so little, I honestly don't remember. This would have been in the earl;y to mid 80s though, so if it was around then, then probably. - Chobot


Q:

Is Kyle’s hair really as silky smooth as it looks on camera?

Is Dan as much of a goofball behind the scenes as he is on camera?

When will we get to see more behind-the-scenes footage of mini-Chobot underfoot? (Yes, I know, mini-Chobot has dad’s last name.)

Edit: You should sign your answers to make it clear who is writing which answers.

Double edit: looks like you’ve been editing your responses to do just this, IGNORE ME! (Or ignore my edits anyway, I still want my main questions answered. :-P )

A:
  1. No. it's usually pretty snarly because he's going to a "beach" look.
  2. Occasionally.
  3. Not often. I try to keep him out of the office unless I am strapped to get a sitter. -Jess

Q:

Hey Jessica, been a fan of yours since the IGN days.

How would you say your career starting out as a "girl gamer" has made your climb to success easier or harder in general?

It's very clear that you've got hosting chops, but I have to imagine it wasn't always easy to feel like you were getting legitimate chances to show that and were pushed into weird side projects because they wanted a female doing something instead of just a "good host" doing something.

Either way, loved watching you on IGN and now with the Nerdist!

A:

Actually, the "female gamer" gave me a niche to make me stand out from the average host which is why I think I've been able to sustain a decently long hosting career. And now that I have the experience, it only makes getting hired easier. I've never really been pushed or allowed myself to be pushed into something for the sake of being a "female gamer." I do have to say that it took me a long time to break through from being just considered a "co-host:" rather than an actual "host" because the default in games entertainment is to always have the man take the lead (even though I was often as qualified, if not more qualified, than they were). -Jess


Q:

Hey! I haven't heard of your podcast before, but it seems intresting! Have you heard of last podcast on the left? they also sometimes talk about alien stuff, or anything in the supernatural really.

A:

I have heard of it although I haven't listened to it yet. Thanks for the rec! - Chobot


Q:

have either of you been some place that spooked you out so bad you'd refuse to ever go back?

A:

Not yet - but I've heard the Hinsdale House in NY has that effect on people!

-Bowser


Q:

That being said,are you guys ever afraid if having something follow you home from one of these haunted sites?

A:

Nothing yet! - Jess


Q:

Are you concerned that since Chris took the id10t podcast away from Nerdist, it will have an effect on your listenership?

Also, what was that thing that always almost chased me out of my Grandma's basement?

A:
  1. Nope! Chris' podcast has nothing to do with ours.
  2. Probably a goblin. ;) -Jess

Q:

What supernatural ability would you like to have?

A:

MIND CONTROL (all day/every day)!!! -Chobot


Q:

Jess- your Morticia Adams was badass. Please tell me that has the potential to go somewhere.

Bowser- do you still have people approach you thinking your characters are real, or do people pretty much know those are gags by now?

Bizarre States- love the podcast. I've been meaning to email in my ghost story but Jess mentioned your inbox has so many to choose from I never sat down and took the time to write. Maybe I should?

A:

Yes! I get hate mail often from people thinking Onyx is real, and hating him. Which makes me sad, he's so likable! Right?

-Bowser


Q:

Who has been the most interesting guest in your book so far, and who are some dream guests you would love to have on the podcast?

A:

I LOVED having Josh Gates on. I wish I could have been here Ted Raimi (Bowser pulled that one together)! - Chobot