Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With Adam J Yeend

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TGG: It is my great delight to introduce Adam today, who I’ve worked with on my projects, “An American Piano”, “Matcha & Vanilla,” and the upcoming “The Last Anomaly”. While I’ve spoken about Adam many times in my News Sushi column, it’s time for a formal introduction. So, Adam, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

AJY: I’m an Australian actor and writer based in Los Angeles. My background is pretty eclectic encompassing several facets of the film industry including test screenings, physical media and working for 5 years for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment before they were acquired by Disney. Some titles I worked on at Fox include Bad Times at the El Royale, Deadpool 2, The Hate U Give and the 4K UHD releases of Die Hard, Predator and Home Alone which had recently gone through the restoration process. My current job is working in Compression and Authoring for one of the boutique film labels where film restorations are put onto Blu-Ray and 4K UHD and I also write for The Academy doing monthly coverage of film restorations which are being released to the public.
 


 
TGG: What was it like working at Fox Home Entertainment?

AJY: Working at Fox was one of the highlights of my time in Los Angeles. I think working in any studio is a gift, there’s so much going on and driving onto a studio lot each day, if you’re a cinephile, nothing beats it. The team I worked with was a very close group and I think we all had a sense of pride for the titles we worked on. Fox really celebrated genre diversity and took risks with their films. They often doubled, sometimes tripled the amount of Oscar nominations of any other studio. While at Fox, I also served on the Board of “Fox Pride,” which was the studios official LGBTQ+ Straight alliance; we held screenings, partook in the AIDS walk in LA, celebrated Pride each year and helped create a sense of unity on the studio lot; all up, it was a fantastic period of my career.
 


 
I’m also a big advocate for physical media as the premium format to watch your favorite films – read why below and find out why it’s superior to streaming:

https://www.darkhorizons.com/editorial-a-case-for-physical-media/

TGG: Such an amazing experience. And, I certainly agree with you about physical media. I’ve been spending a lot of money on it lately. Which brings us to your new project, writing for The Academy. Can you tell us about that?

AJY: I’m writing monthly coverage for The Academy’s online publication A.Frame. I’m covering restoration titles each month which are becoming available to the public for purchase. A lot of people don’t realize how transformative these restorations are. You may have seen ‘Grease’, ‘Back to the Future’ or ‘Psycho’, but the 4K UHD format really offers viewers a chance to rediscover their favorite movies like never before. It’s exciting to see it grow in popularity. While you can buy these films on digital, the quality of the image and sound is heavily compressed. The best way to experience these restorations is with a 4K television and 4K UHD Blu-Ray player to purchase the discs. Some recent 4K restorations which are worth checking out include The Godfather Trilogy, Raging Bull, Giant, Edge of Tomorrow and my personal favorites in terms of new transfers in 4K include Batman Returns, Speed, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Addams Family and Alien.

Links:
https://aframe.oscars.org/news/post/double-indemnity-giant-and-more-4k-restorations-available-in-june

https://aframe.oscars.org/news/post/raging-bull-the-virgin-suicides-and-more-4k-restorations-available-in-july
 


 

TGG: You’ve also written about your deep love for your dog, Magnum. Can you tell us a little about that and your work with a Wolf Charity?

AJY: Yes, I had the privilege of experiencing almost ten years with a wolf dog as a companion. My husband adopted Magnum when he was just a pupp. For those who don’t know Wolf Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals but due to their having wolf content, are hard to predict, socialize and care for. Sadly, most of them end up in shelters, sanctuaries or euthanized. Magnum was a full-time job, he went everywhere with us – and I mean everywhere – he had to. He needed his pack, and this is common for wolf dogs. So, from the Fox Studio’s lot, my husband’s office, the movies, weddings, funerals, vacations, restaurants, he had to come with us – just like having a kid. Magnum left us late 2020, he left a big hole in our lives and I miss him every day and what he brought to the world, and everyone he met. We were so lucky in that my husband was able to socialize him and get him confident, so he was always excited to meet other people, dogs and he tried to make friends with cats – it never worked out, but he kept trying.
 


 
Since Magnum’s passing, I have started volunteering at Wolf Connection. It’s a sanctuary for Wolf Dogs and is a place of human empowerment. There’s so much we can learn from these animals, they’re highly misunderstood and Wolf Connection is not only open to the public, they run programs for troubled youth, parolees and even those struggling with addiction and other debilitations. It’s an incredible place, I’m proud to volunteer there as I both honor Magnum’s memory and contribute to helping other wolf dogs like him whom perhaps were not so lucky.

Article to the piece I wrote on Magnum: https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7080212/meet-magnum-the-wolfdog-that-touched-hearts-in-los-angeles/

Wolf Connection: https://wolfconnection.org/
 


 
TGG: So, Finally, how can we support you?

AJY: You can support me by reading my articles on A.Frame. Also follow me on social media – you can find me on both Twitter and Instagram: @AJYeend. Thank you!

TGG: Thank you Adam! Adam will also be seen this month in “Matcha & Vanilla” at the Lesflicks Cinema at LFest in Wales, and in the forthcoming short animated film “The Last Anomaly” with Robyn Loau and Damien Bodie. And perhaps importantly for this website… he’s a huge fan of Star Trek: DS9 (I’ll start watching season 3 soon – I promise!).
 


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