What is it like for someone outside of the hobby of model railroading to explore it, capture it on film, and create a feature-length documentary about it? Filmmaker Sara Kelly shares with us her experience working on “Model Citizens” over the past couple of years and her unique perspective on model railroading.
I will be attending the Greenberg Train Show in Monroeville PA on February 15, 2015. If you will be there, say hello to me (I will probably be wearing a Canadian Pacific engineer’s hat, red jacket, and carrying a microphone). I will be covering the show for next week’s episode of The Roundhouse.
Sara Kelly Interview (2:09)
Having discovered the world of model railroading in San Diego, Sara Kelly became interested in the people behind the elaborate layouts she saw. Her background in journalism enabled her to begin Model Citizens, fund the campaign using the Kickstarter platform, and approach this entirely new world with an open mind and native curiosity.
Being that she is an “outsider” who has spent extensive time understanding the world of model railroading, Sara offers a unique perspective. She talks about why the hobby is “cool”, how she approaches filming a train layout, why there are not as many women in the hobby as men, and covers the overall goals of the film. You can see clips from the movie and learn more at ModelCitizensMovie.com.
Question of the Day (48:44)
I read some responses from the questions I asked in Episode 003 and provide you with a new one: If you have a train layout, what are you modeling? If not, what would you like to model? Let me know and I will select answers to share on the next episode which will be released Saturday the 21st at 9 AM EST. Subscribe on iTunes, and be sure to share this episode with at least one person today!