October 11, 2005

Meeting Morgan Spurlock

My sister introduced me to Morgan Spurlock and his film Super Size Me over the summer while I was staying with her for my internship. Not being a fan of fast food, I really enjoyed the film and his work. I did feel that he had a tendency to get a little biased, but that was the point of his film. It was a documentary, yes, but it was a documentary with a purpose. During this time, I also watched his show 30 Days and thought that it was brilliantly done.

When I heard that he was coming to SHU to speak, I was ecstatic. Very rarely have I had the opportunity to meet someone who's work I admire. When I realized that I had to write an article about his visit for my newswriting class, the possibility of getting to speak with him thrilled me.

Ah, if only things worked out as we would like.

I thought he was fantastic. He had great command of the stage and the audience, and like my friend Neha noted, "he was really honest with the audience." When someone asked him a question, he answered it. Throughout the lecture, I was furiously scribbling notes because I felt that everything he said was quotable in my article. Ah, futility. I have dozens of half-quotes in my notebook because my hand simply could not keep up with his wit. When it came time for the question-and-answer session, I looked down at my list of 20 questions I wanted to ask him, and noticed that he had already answered them all! Except one. So I worked up all my courage and raised my hand. He called on me. I asked. He answered. I know I'm silly and stupid, but my hand was seriously shaking from being so nervous.

Afterwards, I bought one of his books so that he could sign it for my sister (alas, my poor college student status means that I get no book), and waited on line so that I could ask him one more question. I was disappointed that he didn't speak at all about his show 30 Days and really wanted to ask him about the screening process for the show and how they find participants who they know will have a transformation.

When my turn finally came to have him sign my book, he remembered me from when I asked him the first question and started talking to me about that topic (fast food in school lunch programs). I was so shocked that he remembered my face and that he had initiated conversation with me that the other question I wanted to ask completely flew out of my mind. Believe me, I'm kicking myself now.

Despite my own shortcomings as a reporter, I really enjoyed the night. It was an amazing experience that I know I won't forget.

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Posted by JohannaDreyfuss at October 11, 2005 09:51 PM | TrackBack

I hadn't even seen the movie "Super Size Me" and after hearing Morgan Spurlock talk, I felt like I had the movie memorized like the back of my hand. Spurlock spoke with sarcasm and humor and in return, the crowd fell in love with him. During the middle of this lecture, I turned to my friend and we both had a huge smile on our faces because Spurlock had captivated us. I can remember walking into the lecture and saying to myself, "Oh gosh, just another speaker who sounds like they are making things up off the top of their head..." As he closed his lecture I said to my friend, "Now if only MORE speakers could be like Morgan's. I have not been to a lecture that was that interesting, entertaining, and informative in a long time...As a matter of fact, I have NEVER been to a lecture that was intereseting, entertaining, and informative!!" I, like you, could probably recite Spurlock's whole lecture because I was that interested in what he had to say. I can definately see where you are coming from and I am glad he remembered your face! Who knows, if he ever comes back to Seton Hill, he might just recognize your face and ask you out to eat :)

Posted by: Elyse at October 12, 2005 05:56 PM

Haha - just as long as it's not at Mickey D's =)

Posted by: Johanna at October 12, 2005 08:18 PM
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