Salad Days opens at IFC Center on April 17th, 2015.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How did you find the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally?
Scott Crawford: I knew that I didn't want it to be just another stylistic punk rock documentary about the 80's. The way I remember it is that there was a lot of humor and a lot of really interesting people. I also wanted to show that balance and the best way to show that is through some of these characters.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How did you decide how much humor to include in the film?
SC: If I felt that too much time was going by in the film where someone wasn't poking fun at something, I didn't want there too much time spent on the super-serious. I wanted to show the fact that we were basically all kids at the time, and kids to stupid things. We shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How did you find the right rhythm and pace?
SC: I wanted the pace to be lively and with a sort of energy that reflected the music, but I didn't want it to be a sort of over-the-top, MTV kind of style either. It took a while to find the right rhythm. The music, of course, plays a big role. I used a lot of music for transitions and things like that. I wanted it be for people who don't even like this kind of music.
NYC MOVIE GURU: What was the process like in deciding what to omit?
SC: That was tough. I knew from the first day of shooting that there was going to be stuff that I had to take out, so I tried not to get too attached to any one particular scene. There were a few things that I had to take out that I said to myself, "Oh, man! I really want this scene!" It just didn't make sense either with the storyline or just messed up the flow or energy of the film. In the DVD extras, there will be a ton of stuff that didn't make the final film. .
NYC MOVIE GURU: How important and challenging is it to show a balance of opinions in your film?
SC: It was important to me to show that there were different viewpoints on things. Not everyone shared the same opinion or standpoint on various issues. That needs to be shown.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Was your love of punk rock an acquired taste or was it immediate?
SC: It was pretty immediate. As it is the case with many people when they first discover it, the energy, urgency and to be able to able to say what you're feeling in an aggressive way, I think that probably speaks to most teenage boys, and it certainly did to me.
NYC MOVIE GURU: What would make a great double feature with Salad Days?
SC: American Hardcore and The Decline of Western Civilization would be a nice double-feature.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Would Salad Days work as a narrative feature?
SC: Yes, I think there are certain storylines and elements of the story that enter into a pretty dramatic narrative of sorts. It could be like a coming-of-age story, I suppose.