Screen Testing

Neil Studd and Dan Billing bring you a fortnightly movie podcast with a software testing spin. We'll be looking for bugs in the plot, and comparing how the films compare to real-life experiences we've faced in the world of testing!
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Jul 21, 2017

In a long-awaited episode, Dan and Neil are joined by special guest Christopher Chant to discuss the Oscar-winning picture Whiplash, a film which tells the story of the relationship between budding jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) and his tutor Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons), and how their worlds collide in a quest for perfection.

In a deep and serious episode, we share information on coaching and mentoring techniques that we have observed and used, exchange thoughts on how to motivate others and ourselves, talk about balancing personal and professional commitments, and ways that we can demonstrate/uncover skill.

Your hosts share their own experiences from the world of music, discuss other famous big-screen student-pupil relationships, and Neil takes every possible opportunity to reference Damien Chazelle's follow-up film La La Land.

We also play some lengthy clips from the film, which are HEAVILY expletive-laden. You have been warned.


We're back to our usual fortnightly schedule now, so we'll see you all on August 4th when we'll be discussing the new Netflix movie THE CIRCLE.



Intro music: Snare Liftoff (I Want To Be One Of The Greats)
Outro music: Whiplash

Jul 19, 2017

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled programming to bring you our first emergency broadcast! Hot on the heels of our discussion of The Deadly Assassin comes the announcement of the new Doctor, with Jodie Whittaker becoming the first woman to play the show's leading role.

In an episode where Neil and Dan spend most of their time agreeing with each other for a change, we delve into the inevitable social media outrage, discuss the reasons why the announcement points to an exciting future, bemoan the lack of non-violent superheroes in the modern age, and debate the nature of fandoms.

As usual, Dan brings a wealth of experience from the world of Doctor Who, outlining the history of strong female figures in the show, both in front of and behind the camera. And Neil actually manages to keep up this time!

Miscellaneous references:

Doctor Who episodes referenced (ordered by airdate):

  • Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
  • The Deadly Assassin (1976)
  • The Five Doctors (1983)
  • Warriors of the Deep (1984)
  • Resurrection of the Daleks (1984)
  • Blink (2007)
  • Silence in the Library (2008)
  • The Doctor's Wife (2011)
  • Hell Bent (2015)
  • The Doctor Falls (2017) - Peter Capaldi's final regular episode
  • The Doctors (2017) - upcoming Christmas 2017 special

Our normal schedule resumes on Friday, when we'll be bringing you our discussion on WHIPLASH with Christopher Chant - hint, you'll want to set aside a couple of hours for that one!



Intro music: Doctor Who theme (2014-2017)
Outro music: TARDIS dematerialization sound