Published Apr 21, 2009Having already proven their documentarian chops with 2006's Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and last year's Global Metal, the Banger Productions crew (Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn) are currently living their dream these days.
As we previously reported, the two Toronto, ON-based filmmakers have already finished their documentary on Iron Maiden. Set for release today (April 21), Iron Maiden: Flight 666 goes where no camera crew has gone before: into the lives of Iron Maiden, backstage, on stage and perhaps best of all, aboard the band's Ed Force One plane, operated of course by front-man Bruce Dickinson.
Exclaim!'s Keith Carman recently spoke to McFadyen and Dunn, who share just how nerve-wracking it was to enter the world of their idols. "Mainly we were nervous and anxious realizing the potential of the film," says Dunn. "When you're making a film about Iron Maiden, you're automatically plugging yourself into something already huge. At first, there was a bit of joking and jostling. Bruce we knew and Nicko (McBrain, drummer) seemed up for it but we didn't know how the rest of the guys would respond. We were nervous about it."
Adds McFadyen: "I had nightmares like it was the first day of high school. You don't know anyone and there's pressure. You have to get to know them 'cause you'll never get a film if you don't break down the barriers."
During the interview, the Bangers managed to spill a little about their next project: a documentary on Rush. Though they've just begun post-production, McFadyen says, "We're in the middle of editing. We're being more concise about what we capture. There are interviews and archives... there's a whole other level with this doc. It's more historical, not a snapshot of a moment in their lives like the Iron Maiden film. It's more difficult in some ways. After you get a band to say yes, there's the reality of the task at hand. You have to get in there and get your hands dirty."