Episode 31

#31 Special Features: An Interview With Audio Video Specialist Rob Strachan

Published on: 21st January, 2020

Rob Strachen has over 15 years experience in audio/video sales and consulting predominantly in home theatre sales and set up. The Reel Debaters brought Rob on to explain how to bring the movie theatre experience into your home the best way possible. They start with the brief history of the flat screen then move into should you get a smart tv or not, what to consider when setting up a home theatre, what sound does for the over all movie experience and lots more. If you're on the verge of anything home theatre related at all , this show is for you.

In the living room this week are Mark Cowell and Micheal Petrow while Jimmy Skinner and Chris Stanton were in Thunder Bay, ON on the road at Comedian of the North.

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Cast & Crew

**Casting has changed over the years, current enrollment in the debater-verse can be seen below***

- Executive Producer, Editor, Mixer Captain of the USS Debater Micheal Petrow Genres: 90's/Early 2000's ..Actually just everything.

- Co-Host/Co-Producer and Comedian Commander Martin Navarro. Genres: Sci fi/Fantasy/Animation

- Co-Host/Co-Producer and Comedian Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Skinner Genres: Horror and B Movies

- Co-Host/Co-Producer Pop Culture Officer Mark Cowell Genres: Blockbuster, Popcorn Movies

 -Co-Host/Co-Producer Visual Arts Officer Rob Strachan Genres: Contemporary, Classic, and Blockbuster

 -Co-Host and Nerd/Geekdom Officer Charles Fernandes Genres: Marvel and DC. Superhero and Comic book

 -Co-Host and Entertainment Officer Ian Bawa Genres: Short, Independent, Contemporary and Art-house

 -Co-Host And Female First Officer Emily Clarke Genres: Strong Female lead, Marvel and DC, Contemporary and blockbuster

 

 -Art by Aaron Doel and

Micheal Petrow

About Us

Could James Bond be a Chef? Should The Ghostbusters have their own restaurant? What would Indiana Jones and Lara Croft's wedding look like? Maybe you want to find out if Conan The Barbarian could teach Sex Ed?

Welcome to The Reel Debaters, where real life meets reel life...

Each week you’ll hear 4 debaters sit down as they come up with a new tussle where they compare, contrast and insult each other with their takes for your listening pleasure. They'll either insert themselves into a story or see how they fare or bring the characters into real life scenarios that make less than no sense. As a bonus you'll get access from within the film industry and listen to "reel talks" about our favorite moments, scenes and stories.

Tune Thursday for a new episode and if there’s something you wanna hear beaten to death send us an email thereeldebaters@gmail.com

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About the Podcast

THE REEL DEBATERS PODCAST
Where Reel Life Meets Real Life...
Could James Bond be a Chef? Should The Ghostbusters have their own restaurant? What would Indiana Jones and Lara Croft's wedding look like? Maybe you wanna find out if Conan The Barbarian could teach Sex Ed?

Welcome to The Reel Debaters, where real life meets reel life...

Each week you’ll hear 4 debaters sit down as they come up with a new tussle where they compare, contrast and insult each other with their takes for your listening pleasure. They'll either insert themselves into a story and see how they fare or bring the characters into real life scenarios that make less than no sense.
As a bonus you'll get access and from within the film industry and listen to "reel talks" about their favorite moments, scenes and stories.

Wanna know who you’re listening to?

Micheal Petrow: 90's/Early 2000's ..actually just everything.
Martin Navarro: Sci fi/Fantasy/Animation
Jimmy Skinner: Horror and B Movies
Rob Strachan: Contemporary, Classic , Blockbuster
Ian Bawa: Short, Independent, Contemporary and Arthouse
Mark Cowell: Blockbuster, Popcorn Movies
Charles Fernandes : Marvel and DC. Superhero and Comic book

Tune Thursday for a new episode and if there’s something you wanna hear beaten to death send us an email thereeldebaters@gmail.com

About your hosts

Micheal Petrow

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A fan of everything and hater of very little to none, Micheal Petrow started this podcast after he was denied entry into the world of academia. After realizing you don’t need training to talk about movies (idiot!!!!) it was off to the races to purchase gear he had no idea how to use. 3 years later he is still recording with some of his best friends. While not in studio you can find him at the movies, local concerts , festivals and searching for the perfect t shirt.

Emily Clark

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Emily started off as our event host and mediator and after her debut at comic con 2021 is was decided just be on the show. A nerds nerd Em can swing from genre to genre and have something to argue or offer on any topic and keeps these 7 boys in ln line when we get out of hand. When not debating you can find her behind the camera doing cosplay and keeping up to date on all things F1.

Martin Navarro

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Comedian , Sci Fi junky and nerd extraordinaire Martin Navarro was first on the docket to start as CO-Host #1. There really isn't a realm or dungeon he doesn't have his game pieces in and knows his way around the shire more than anyone we know. When not in studio you can find Martin on stage in Vancouver doing stand up.

Jimmy Skinner

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Comedian and horror expert Jimmy Skinner was recruited by Martin for a few one off shows and we all soon realized that we had been lost without him. A fan and critic off all things blood, gore and spooky you can count on Jimmy to know about , watch it and let you know if you’ll have PTSD after viewing it. When not in studio you can find jimmy on stage doing stand in Winnipeg

Mark Cowell

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"Pop culture aficionado" Mark Cowell is the 6th man everyone needs on a podcast. His skills range from internet deep dives to finding the bottom of any fandom laced rabbit hole and bringing it to you with his introspective nature. Blockbusters, Tent Pole and Action are where you can expect Mark to source from for his media intake and when not in studio you can find him on a baseball diamond/volleyball court , behind a bbq or in front of a laptop finding where the algorithm will take you each week.

Rob Strachan

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An audio video expert with a shockingly huge collection of DVD’s Rob Strachan has been honing his skills in the home theatre game for over 15 years and knows how to customize the watching experience from your couch. His vast knowledge and random factoids each week keep us correct and we look forward to his father/daughter watch list with his offspring Lucy. When not in the studio you can find him enjoying time with his family , drinking a boat load of kombucha ( go gut health!) and priming up someone he knows on the newest flat screen

Ian Bawa

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Storyteller , filmmaker and cinefile. Ian Bawa keeps you in the know when it comes to the art of filmmaking from the short, independent or even a feature film categories. Don’t think the man doesn’t love a good blockbuster, he’s just got that Midas touch when it comes to films with substance, story and leave you wanting more. When not in studio you can find Ian working with local dog shelters adopting the cutest of puppies , making tik tok videos and working on his first Oscar. Watch for him, he’s one of Canada’s next best.

Charles Fernandes

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Calling all nerds , call all nerds! Host, producer and star of the youtube channel The Nerdgasm Show Charles Fernandes makes frequent random appearances on The Reel Debaters to help us stay current on Marvel , DC and anything else that jumps off the pages of a comic book. When not in studio Charles can be found on set working in the Manitoba Film Industry, in his studio making new content for his channel and the local dog park with his puppy cookie!