Interview Someone 50+

For this assignment, I am interviewing my father, Steve Velky. Steve is a 53 year-old caucasian male who grew up in a small town outside of Poughkeepsie, New York called Legrangeville, New York, married my mom and moved to New York City. He is now a resident of Kings Mountain, North Carolina that I interviewed on February 12, 2019 about his film experience.

Me: What are some of the first films you remember seeing in the theater?

Steve: Some of the first films I remembers seeing are Fantasia which I saw with my entire family, Excalibur which I saw with only my father, and Gandhi which I also saw with only my father.

Me: What do you remember about those early film experiences?

Steve:  I saw all three of the movies in a one screen theater at Saturday matinee and my group got the biggest popcorn and I got Milk Duds.

Me: Did you watch many films growing up in theatres or at home? If so, what films were you drawn to?

Steve: I watched multiple films as a child, most of which were in the theater. As I got older, and VCRs became more prevalent, I started watching more movies at home.

Me: Did you ever go to Drive-In Movies when you were younger? What do you remember about those?

Steve: Yes, I did go to Drive-In Movies when I was younger, but I don’t remember anything special about them.

Me: Do you remember when the event films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” when they were in theatres? Tell me about those memories.

Steve: I do remember everyone wanting to see both of those movies, although my family didn’t see “Jaws” in theaters. We also never any films on premiere nights because it was too hectic.

Me: When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?

Steve: When VCRs became mainstream, my family got one and we started to rent movies whenever they came out.

Me: Did you ever go rent movies from a video store? If so, how did you decide what to choose to watch with all those choices?

Steve: As I just said, we started with renting movies and not buying them. We decided which movies to watch based on what was new and our moods at the time.

Me: How do you watch most of your movies now?

Steve: I watch most of my movies now by streaming them from NETFLIX or watching DVDs.

Me: What kinds of films do you watch now? Do you feel those tastes have changed much?

Steve: I watch a little bit of everything, which hasn’t changed since I was younger. The only types of films which I don’t really voluntarily watch, which your mother drags me into, are rom-coms.

Me: How often do you go to theatres now to see films? How different is it now than when you first experienced films in theaters? What do you attribute the changes to?

Steve: I go to the movies very rarely. A few differences between then and now are that the theaters are multiscreen and the food is more expensive, although choices and sizes are the same. I believe the reason that it is because theaters want to make more money, so it is more convenient for viewers to see the movie they want to watch and more expensive to actually see the movie and have food.

-Edward Velky 9/18/2019 04:48

What Film Means To Me

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Hello everyone, my name is Edward Velky and welcome to Film Review. I am currently a freshman at Cleveland Early College High School. I was born in New York and my family stayed there until I was 7, when my family and I moved to Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Being the youngest of 4 children, I grew up watching movies that weren’t really meant for children my age. Most of the movies were not that bad until a couple of years ago, when my youngest brother turned 18, so he started watching higher rated films. Multiple years ago my mother started Family Movie Night every Saturday which we did for about 5 years. I really like comedy films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Billy Madison, and Bedtime Stories. I also like horror movies like IT and Child’s Play and action films like Avengers (I am proud to say that I have seen every Marvel film in the Avengers timeline). I dislike most romance movies and western movies, but I do like a few. Whenever I think of movies, the biggest three that jump out are The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Bedtime Stories.


I believe that good CGI and other augmented reality animation styles are very interesting. There are special abilities that are proven by all CGI movies. For example, in the movie Jason and the Argonauts, there is no CGI, there are small clay skeleton figures that they used. Although, in movies now like Detective Pikachu, the CGI is blended into the background really well. I also like low-income movies because it requires the moviemakers to use resources and not have multiple products that are placed into the movie, annoying multiple watchers and especially annoying me. I also believe 3D movie animation is also interesting because it was a large step in animation.

Posted by Edward Velky on 2/1/2019