you'll find a variety of samples of my artwork, from illustrations
and posters to set designs and production designs over the years.
You'll also find information on some writing projects, as well
as miscellaneous interviews and any other nonsensical tidbits
Photoshop is fun.
while I'm at it, I should point out this
interesting article about Shepard Fairey, the man behind
the now famous poster art of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Yet another reason why Keith Olbermann kicks ass.
Free at last.
if the winner of the election seemed to be predictable (if not
a foregone conclusion) during the final stretch of the race,
I was overcome with emotion when Senator Barack Obama's victory
was announced. His speech in Chicago last Tuesday night -- indeed,
the mere sight of him standing at the podium, gazing out into
a hopeful, excited crowd -- brought tears to my eyes. That a
black man was elected filled me with joy, not by the virtue
of his race, but by the ultimate proof that my country and countrymen
had, at long last, the ability to shed their predjudices and
possess the wisdom to elect the best person for the job.
still angry over the crimes, deception, and mistakes our government
made these past eight years, and I have a hard time trying to
let it go. I thought about writing something profound about
such feelings, but then I read this
blog, which did a much better job than I ever could. (Who
knew the actor who was Wesley on Star Trek could write
something so eloquent and heartfelt? Bravo, Wil...)
I regret that my mother, who shared my hatred of George W. Bush
with a passion, never lived to see Obama standing at that podium.
I regret that Proposition 8, an ugly thing of blind intolerance
and misguided logic, somehow managed to get passed in California
(albeit by a narrow margin).
the first time in many, many years...I am hopeful for what the
future may bring.
Artwork available for a limited time. (And it's for a good cause!)
through October 31stNovember
30th I'm making prints of my artwork available for
purchase through the Imagekind
website. These include some of my INDIANA JONES pieces,
which I've gotten numerous requests for. Take a look if interested.
of the proceeds I receive will be donated to the Humane Society!
29 NOTE: Special thanks to the INDYCAST for helping me promote
this and my Richard Amsel tribute...
I'm also donating some artwork to an Indiana Jones fan-related
contest they're sponsoring. Listen to their
9/22/08 postcast or visit their official "shownotes"
section for more info.
hasn't quite finished yet, but already a new record has been
set for the number of hits my site's received! (Over 150,000
hits since October 1st, and a total of 1,010,102 hits so far
for visiting, guys!
I've been up to...
much has been happening these last few months, it's hard to
sum it all up in just a few loglines.
The website redesign. I'm in the process of giving it all a
more uniform (and professional) look, so if you happen to miss
the old green and yellow pages, trust me, I feel your pain.
But who knows? I'm always tinkering with this site, so who's
to say the inevidable next redesign won't be something
even more tacky or outrageous?
Second:Chasing Echoes Through
the Dark WILL be coming out in 2009. The reasons behind
its delay are too complicated and overwhelming to explain right
here and now...but it is going to happen, and we're very, very
proud of it.
I'm sorry to say that the musical adaptation of How
to Succeed in Heaven Without Really Dying has been placed
on indefinite hold, while the composers/producers iron out another
long-gestating musical project. In short, my show won't happen
until (unless?) their show happens first...so I'm not holding
my breath. It's been a pretty disappointing experience at times,
but we're trying to remain optimistic and keep things in perspective.
Check out INDYFANS!
Though I was sorry to see so much of my material cut (a typical
attitude of any interviewee, right?), my artwork did get at
least a little mention. Be sure to go through the DVD's bonus
features, too...as you might find a thing or two from yours
Speaking of DVDs...these past few months I was on assignment
at Disney Worldwide Technical Services, and had an incredible
time working with their DVD designers. They're a great team
-- patient, knowledgeable, generous, not to mention a lot of
fun to be around -- and I had the good fortune of playing with
tools & software that were pretty state-of-the-art. (My
computer stuff at home absolutely sucks in comparison.) You
can see some examples of my work at Disney WTS within the DVD
section of my art gallery.
the digital "toys" I played with were some film transfer
and editing equipment...so, during a few hours of free time
just last week, I was able to make a new digital remaster of
my old student film, 8:00 a.m.
Though by no means does it look perfect, the picture quality
is light years ahead of both the original Vassar and FotoKem
transfers. You can see a pretty good version of it on YouTube
After watching 8:00 a.m.,
be sure to watch this commercial and ask yourself if one of
the actors looks rather familiar...
Way to go, Alex! I hope you're doing well...)
is a good thing."
do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?"
If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe,
someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against
local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's
dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate
that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal"
they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone
who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone
who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health,
their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights,
and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can
break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us
in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal,"
then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960
confession: I'm a bleeding liberal.
don't march in step with every issue of the Democratic Party,
but on most views I have attitudes that can fairly be described
as liberal, progressive, and/or leftist. I love this country,
but hate some many of the bastards currently running
not to say I don't respect Republicans. Some of them I can actually
like. My late grandfather, William Glaccum, was a staunch conservative;
he was also one of the best men I ever knew. (I joked in his
eulogy that he'd need only the company of three people in order
to be happy in heaven : his late wife, God, and Ronald Reagan...and
not necessarily in that order.) However different our political
beliefs, we always loved and respected each other, and, as firm
as he was in his convictions, he never preached or looked down
on anyone who had a difference of opinion. I think many people
on both sides of the political spectrum could learn from such
much is at stake in the upcoming election. Back in 2004, everyone
was chanting "VOTE OR DIE" -- and considering the
way the world is now, that slogan almost proved to be
prophetic. But it's not enough to simply vote. Rather, vote
can't understand "The Undecideds" -- people who, for
whatever impossible-to-imagine reasons, don't yet know the candidates,
their political stances, or their agendas. Worse, voters who
simply just can't make up their minds. Don't they pay attention?
Watch the news? Care about issues? This country? The world?
it's laziness, or complacency, or brain damage, or brainwashing.
But for the love of God, if you don't know the stakes of this
election, if you don't grasp the consequences, or base your
decisions on purely trivial reasoning ("That Palin girl's
kinda cute..."), then I don't care how much you pay
in taxes, you don't DESERVE the right to vote.
13, 2008 A rare breed: movie poster artists.
February I posted an online tribute
to the late artist/illustrator Richard Amsel. The response
and enthusiasm it received was wonderful... Whereas before I
had to search high and low for any shred of information on the
artist, over these past few months I've had people who personally
knew Amsel actually contacting me!
just updated the article to include these new remembrances,
including a heartfelt interview I had last week with Richard's
brother, Michael Amsel.
I received an envelope from Michael, with an undated sketch
of Marilyn Monroe that Richard had made. I always dreamed of
one day having a Richard Amsel original, but never
thought it'd ever come to pass. Michael proved me wrong. Dreams,
it seems, can indeed come true!
of note: after a wildly successful career spanning nearly four
decades, artist Drew
Struzan recently announced his retirement. This is sad
news to many movie lovers, myself included.
of luck to ya, Drew! Now I'm left wondering who else's
work will I be able to plagiarize?
31, 2008 Art Gallery makeover.
the years my ART GALLERY has gone
through one design after another, but never fully complete in
a single cohesive way. This weekend I finally got my butt in
gear and gave the whole thing a makeover -- something that looks
a little more professional. There's also a new ANIMATION
section showing some recent 2D/After Effects work.
you all enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts!
6, 2008 One of the nicest compliments...
charming young fellow reportedly liked my Indiana
Jones artwork so much that his dad made him a T-shirt out
of it. I'd ask for my cut in residuals if I wasn't smiling so
broadly and flattered so much.
Don't just vote "REPUBLICAN"...
28, 2008 Back from Comic-Con.
got back this morning from a five-day trip to San Diego. Comic-Con
was a lot of fun, albeit a bit lonely; last year I had friends
come out with me, but this year I went all by myself. (Though
happily I learned an old friend, whom I hadn't seen in ages,
was also in town, and he let me crash at his place Sunday night
when he saw how tired I was from the festivities.)
down, my favorite moment of the convention was finally meeting
animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman in person. Not only did
they honor my request for a photo op -- even offering to come
out from behind their booth to stand by my side -- but when
my camera's batteries had unexpectedly died (oh, the embarassment!),
an assistant was kind enough to take a picture with his
camera and email it to me. So, after all these years, at last
I have a signed SECRET OF NIMH poster, a photo with two
of my creative heroes, and a great, goofy little memory to smile
cool news: Brandon Kleyla's documentary INDYFANS AND THE
QUEST FOR FORTUNE AND GLORY, which features a small segment
on yours truly, has now secured a distribution deal and will
be available for purchase on DVD come October 7th! (For
the anxious, it should be available for preorder on August 26th.)
with last year, I participated with Brandon's "Indyfans"
panel at Comic-Con, though this time I finally mustered up the
courage to show up in costume. (As if I didn't already have
the hat and whip to begin with.) Now that INDY IV is said and
done, I'm rather sad that it's all come to an end...or
13, 2008 Color me Kubrick...
hard for me to believe that it's been almost a decade since
Stanley Kubrick's passing. The director would have turned 80
this year, and had he lived, surely could have made at least
one more film for us to ponder. (His definitive A.I.?
His once abandoned, always beloved dream NAPOLEON project?)
I never knew or met the man personally, but when the news broke
of his death I found myself driving aimlessly in my car down
the Pacific Coast Highway, feeling a strange sense of personal
loss and sadness. I was right outside of San Diego, near the
US-Mexican border, when I finally turned around for home.
Channel 4 has this
extraordinary commercial up, which recreates, in stunning
detail, the film set of THE SHINING -- including recognizable
props, 70's period costumes, fashion...even the color balance
of the film stock looks authentic.
also marks the 40th (!) anniversary of the filmmaker's seminal
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and I was fortunate enough to attend
a special lecture at the AMPAS with VFX wizard Douglas
Trumbull about the movie's groundbreaking special effects.
It was hosted by Tom Hanks
-- himself a lifelong devoted fan of the film -- and Trumbull
shared many behind-the-scenes images
from his own personal collection, most of which had never been
made previously available to the public.
I was in college I'd met Trumbull at his Ridefilm company in
Massachusetts, and later (albeit briefly) after moving out to
Los Angeles. His lecture was extraordinary, and the material
warrants, at the very least, an in-depth book or documentary
of its own. 2001 is a film that has stood the test of time,
both thematically and visually, and the achievement is all the
more mind-boggling when you consider the technical limitations
the production faced. (NO CGI! NO BLUESCREENS!) There has never
been (nor, I suspect, ever will be) a film quite like it.
12, 2008 Comic-Con 2008 update!
booked my trip and tickets some time ago, so now it all depends
on my schedule. God, I love Comic-Con. I'm not much of a comic
book enthusiast, but there's enough movie-related goodies there
to satisfy all kinds of tastes, including mine.
you're planning on going, by all means shoot me an email.
I'll be participating in the Indyfans event, set for Sunday
7/27 2-3pm. (See the gratuitous "Indy girls" photo
at right for more info.)
also planning to have some prints of my work on sale within
the artists' auction, and this time I hope it will be more successful.
I made the mistake of trying to sell originals last year,
which just aren't affordable to casual buyers. (I also learned
the hard and painful way that framed canvases are damn difficult
to carry around whilst waiting in a three-hour line.)
convention itself is quite an event, but seeing San Diego alone
makes the trip worthwhile. It really is a beautiful city, and
should I ever have the finances and opportunities, I'd seriously
consider moving there someday.
R.I.P. George Carlin: 1937-2008
of my favorite American voices fell silent yesterday. I was
lucky enough to have seen George Carlin perform in late 2006,
though somehow in the back of my mind, I was fully expecting
to see him in concert again at some point.
has been said about Carlin's use of extensive profanity in his
comedy routines, but this clearly overlooks the often deeply
thoughtful and profound, always brilliantly witty meanings behind
his words. This piece, written shortly after his wife's passing,
is a strong case in point. (Footnote: Carlin's last interview,
another thing of poetic beauty, can
be read here.)
paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings
but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences,
but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more
knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke
too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive
too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired,
read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've
learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added
years to life not life to years.
been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble
crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered
outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things,
but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted
the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish
less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies
than ever, but we communicate less and less.
are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men
and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier
houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips,
disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands,
overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer,
to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when
you can choose either to share this insight, or to just
spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to
someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little
person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember,
to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that
is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it
doesn't cost a cent. Remember, to say, "I love you" to your
partner and your loved ones, but most of all, mean it. A
kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep
inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment
for someday that person will not be there again. Give time
to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the
precious thoughts in your mind.
TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight
and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why
you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle
mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only
person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be
ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family,
pets keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your
home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it
is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve,
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the
next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every
June 21, 2008
Protect artists' works -- fight the "Orphan
legislation is being developed that could have far-reaching
effects for artists and illustrators over the authorship and
royalties of their work. Even if you can't draw a straight line,
anyone and everyone who respects creative copyright should have
extreme cause for concern.
essence of the proposed "orphan works" legislation
is that any creative work you do -- be it for published commercial
work or for your own private use (even a home video!) -- must
be registered under a commercial registry in order to be protected
by copyright law. In theory, this proposal would require an
artist to digitize, register, and publish each and every
work of art in order to have them copyright protected --
an extraordinarily difficult investment for anyone to make,
in both time and money. Those works that are not registered
would be considered "orphaned", and would be more
easily susceptible to infringement.
alleged motive behind this bill is to more easily allow for
the commercial use of creative work by an artist or author who
is hard to find or identify. But the scope of the bill is so
great that it would affect everyone -- even those artists who
are alive and well...and working!!!
would actually benefit from this bill? It's surely not
the artists, but all those profiting from the "registries"
artists would be forced to go to -- and pay for! -- in order
to protect their work. Under the conditions of the bill, any
creative work not listed within such a registry could more easily
be used without the artist's knowledge or consent. (In other
words, stolen.) Worse still, this legislation would also make
it considerably more difficult for artists to pursue legal action
should their work be infringed.
the Illustrators Partnership of America: "If the Orphan Works
legislation passes, you and I and all creatives will lose virtually
all the rights to not only our future work but to everything
we've created over the past 34 years, unless we register it
with the new, untested and privately run (by the friends and
cronies of the U.S. government) registries. Even then, there
is no guarantee that someone wishing to steal your personal
creations won't successfully call your work an orphan work,
and then legally use it for free. In short, if Congress passes
this law, YOU WILL LOSE THE RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR OWN
protection and copyright are fundamental issues under American
law, and this proposed bill could irrevocably damage the very
notion of creative ownership.
June 15, 2008
Giveaway at www.IndianaJonesCollectors.com.
now I think I'm finally recovering from the Indy fever of 2008,
so if you're sick of seeing yet another Indiana Jones
themed post, rest assured that this should be one of my last
on the subject for some time to come.
you like the poster I did (right), I've donated a large 33 x
48" print to Indiana
Jones Collectors for their June prize giveaway. Check
our their site for more info. No need to thank me -- I'm a giver!
the thirty thousand or so people who've asked for my thoughts
on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,
I found much to like in the film but was also disappointed.
The first 40 minutes are on par with the best moments of the
series (even if the nuked refridgerator scene was a bit
much), but the story gets bogged down once the action moves
to Peru, and the finale feels tired and by-the-numbers. The
minor characters (Ray Winstone, John Hurt) seemed silly, as
did much of the action, and Karen Allen's return as Marion Ravenwood
was a wasted opportunity -- a far cry from the strong-willed,
Howard Hawksian heroine who held her own in the original Raiders.
Her relationship with Indy could have been the heart and soul
of Crystal Skull (at least it was in the Frank
Darabont draft), but instead it's criminally reduced to
little more than a mere plot point.
its own terms, Crystal Skull is a fun, entertaining movie
to watch, but it never really captures the magic, awe, or grand
sense of adventure that Raiders had -- and in spades
June 14, 2008 David Edward Byrd.
of the biggest joys I've had these past few months is meeting
a lot of people whose work I admire -- artists like James
Gurney, William Stout, producer Frank
Marshall (even if the latter was by accident!) among them.
seldom that you get to really know such an individual on a personal
level, so when it does happen it becomes a geniune privilege.
This was the case with illustrator David Edward Byrd, with whom
I talked a great deal while researching my Richard
is one of those American rarities -- an artist with a superior
talent, a personality with more than a little eccentricity.
He is always warm and gracious, and is often happy to share
tall tales of Hollywood royalty, and his own personal stories
of Broadway and showbiz personalities.
David and his partner Jolino
Beserra (a formidable artist in his own right) invited me
to their home in the Hollywood Hills, and it was amazing to
see their work firsthand. Their house itself is a work of art,
which Beserra filled with elaborate mosaic tile patterns. We
also had dinner while watching the premiere of HBO's RECOUNT,
which didn't make us feel any better about the last seven years.
work includes such iconic posters as GODSPELL, FOLLIES, WOODSTOCK,
and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Take a look at his website;
you'll be glad you did.
June 5, 2008
It's amazing what we can overlook...
INDIANA JONES charity art show.
be among the artists donating work for an Indiana Jones tribute
charity show this Saturday, May 31st, at 7-10pm, at Capsole.
Proceeds go to the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
If you decide to visit, be sure to say hello!
May 31, 2008
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
31st UPDATE: The event was a lot of fun, for a good cause, and
I was grateful for all the compliments my artwork received.
Here are photos of me and the young woman who won the poster:
May 20, 2008
The pale blue dot.
never tire of watching this.
Movie Geeks United!
director Brandon Kleyla and I were among those interviewed by
online radio broadcast Movie Geeks United to talk about
the Indiana Jones films and Brandon's upcoming documentary INDYFANS
AND THE QUEST FOR FORTUNE AND GLORY. Watch for it at www.
May 6, 2008
"INDYFANS" poster, redux.
when I thought I was out, they pull me back in! After the premiere
of INDYFANS AND THE QUEST FOR FORTUNE AND GLORY at the
Lido a little over a week ago, the Newport Beach Film Festival
has now scheduled an encore screening, this time on its BIG Edwards'
screen on Wednesday, May 21st -- immediately preceeding the midnight
showing of INDY IV!
mark the new venue, director Brandon Kleyla asked me to do a
new variation on the poster,
with a different background and additional characters. Two days
later I finished the revisions, including the cartoon jackals
you see at right.
told that by the end of the week, Edwards Cinemas will be distributing
these new posters to all their theaters in Newport and surrounding
areas in Orange County. Let me know if you see them!
WON'T be able to attend, as come the 21st I've already got my
INDY IV tickets at the Arclight in Hollywood; its assigned seating
spares me the trouble of having to camp outside the theater
hours in advance. Dear God, I hope the movie's good.
April 26, 2008
Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand Drawn Animation.
With the advent of computer animation, fewer and
fewer artists are involved in the traditional methods of creating
animated films. A new exhibition at the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts & Sciences, “Ink & Paint”, highlights the work of numerous
artists who have devoted decades of their lives to creating the
characters, storyboards, color keys, backgrounds, layouts, cels
and thousands of other process artworks that are needed to assemble
a traditional animated film.
magic of an animated film depends on the ability to bring to
life not only animated characters, but the worlds they inhabit.
Encompassing all stages of the filmmaking process, this exhibition
showcases artwork from the 1950s through the 1990s and features
such animated classics as Alice In Wonderland, Lady and the
Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Gay Purr-ee, The Secret
of NIMH, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, The Hunchback
of Notre Dame, and The Iron Giant as well as from
Oscar®-winning shorts starring such timeless characters as Mr.
Magoo, Winnie the Pooh and the Pink Panther.
exhibit opens May 16th at the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery
in Beverly Hills.
April 8, 2008
wonderful it is to receive compliments from those whose work has
inspired you. Such was the case with Don
Bluth and Gary Goldman, the animators behind The
Secret of NIMH, who recently received a glicee print
of some artwork I had sent them.
was told that when Mr. Bluth saw it, he said, "Ah, very
nice!" Mr. Goldman also just informed me that they are
having the artwork framed, and plan on hanging it in a prominent
place! This particularly touches me, as I have a small collection
of original NIMH cells prominently displayed in my living
April 3, 2008 INDYFANS debut at
Newport Beach Film Fest.
finally announced it, so I'll pass the news along: What
The Force Among Us did for Star Wars, and Trekkies
did for Star Trek, Indyfans does for... well, take a
World Premiere for INDYFANS AND THE QUEST FOR FORTUNE AND
GLORY will be taking place on April 27th, 2008 at 2:00pm,
as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Tickets go on sale
at 12 noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, April 3rd. The documentary
features an impressive list of interviews, including Raiders'
costume designer Deborah Nadoolman-Landis, Tony Baxter,
Tim Kirk, along with legendary stuntmen Vic Armstrong and Wendy
Leech...and, of course, a bunch of self-professed "Indyfans".
(Including a profile of yours truly.) Visit
for more info.
film is written and directed by Brandon Kleyla (above right),
an extremely enterprising and talented young man. Though he
wasn't even alive when RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK came out, he's
been working in the industry for a number of years now, most
notably as an actor in such films as FREE ENTERPRISE and GODS
AND MONSTERS. (In the latter he played a young James Whale,
the Frankenstein director who, I just remembered, I wrote
a thesis about back in college. Cute little trivia fact.) When
I first met Brandon about the INDYFANS project, he told me that
while he was in high school he had printed some
Indiana Jones artwork I'd done and stuck it on the cover
of one of his notebooks! One could say it's a small world we
live in, but I still feel very lucky and grateful to have been
a part of Brandon's project. (Hey Brandon: Thanks, man.)
the poster, but can't get to Newport Beach? I'll be making a
special limited run of signed posters after the festival's over.
Click here for
19 , 2008
R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke.
a very interesting coincidence that [a] mutual friend
mentioned you in a conversation we were having about a
Questar telescope. I've been a great admirer of your books
for quite a time, and have always wanted to discuss with
you the possibility of doing the
proverbial 'really good' science-fiction movie.
main interest lies along these broad areas, naturally
assuming great plot and character: 1.) The reasons for
believing in the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial
life. 2.) The impact (and perhaps even lack of impact
in some quarters) such a discovery would have on Earth
in the near future. 3.) A space with a landing and exploration
of the Moon and Mars.
you consider coming to New York for a meeting? The purpose
of which would be to determine whether an idea might exist
or arise which would sufficiently interest both of us
enough to want to collaborate on a screenplay?
Stanley Kubrick, in a letter to Arthur C. Clarke. March
March 7, 2008
Raiding "Indy IV"...on location in the jungles of Pasadena.
To all who emailed me about my coverage of those
pickup shots for INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL
SKULL, I reported pretty much everything I saw. Though
it was only the exterior of a house that was being filmed, it
was a really exciting experience for me. Considering that I was
an uninvited guest, Frank Marshall and the crew (at least the
dozen or so who were there) were all extremely courteous, welcoming
I completely forgot... I promised a charming lady named Kelly
that I'd give her another print of my artwork. Unfortunately
I didn't get Kelly's last name, and don't know how/where to
reach her...so on the off chance that an INDY IV crew member
reads this and can put us in touch, I'd sincerely appreciate
it. (Kelly helped coordinate all the 50's period cars for the
Site hits & rediscovering "Vince Germain"...
Thanks to everyone for their kind words about
my Richard Amsel tribute. It received
almost 500 unique visitors yesterday alone ... quite a big number
for my little site.
I watched an old student film I worked on, way back in 1996:
IN DIVINE INTERVENTION". Revisiting it after all
these years is a surreal, bittersweet experience (largely due
to personal reasons),
and while I still can't make head nor tail of its plot, I found
myself laughing out loud at a lot of it...and in a good way,
too. It's fun and was a lot of fun to make. I served as the
cinematographer, and had a blast playing with pseudo-film-noirish
shadows and camera angles. (The producer
handled some of the obvious, inconsistant insert shots, either
because I wasn't available or because he not-so-secretly wanted
to take over the camera duties.) It's a big, silly, goofy detective
film, whose titular character has quite an
illustrious history. Here's hoping more of Mr. Germain's
adventures may at some point see the light of day.
A tribute to artist Richard Amsel
in time for the release of the new INDY IV trailer, I'm finally
able to post my tribute to the late
Richard Amsel. Amsel was the illustrator behind the movie
posters for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, as well as over 40 covers
for TV Guide.
has been written about the artist's life and career thus far,
so I took it upon myself to create a fitting tribute. This includes
an extensive gallery of Amsel's work (several of which have
rarely been seen), along with revealing interviews with two
of his best friends -- Dorian Hannaway, the director of late
night programming at CBS, and David Edward Byrd, the legendary
artist behind the posters for GODSPELL, TOMMY, and WOODSTOCK.
February 11, 2008
Matte painting exhibit at the Academy!
painters' visionary works and amazing powers of illusion have
enabled filmmakers to transport audiences to places and times
impossible to travel to, too costly to re-create or open only
to the imagination. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts &
Sciences has a new exhibition focussing on the life and work
of matte painting masters such as Peter Ellenshaw, Albert Whitlock,
Matthew Yuricich, and others. Admission is free!
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hours: Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., and whenever Academy public
programs are hosted at the Dunn. The exhibit ends May 31st!
February 9, 2008
Ah, San Diego...
Last week I treated myself to a little vacation
by visiting San Diego. I was there last summer, but wanted to
go back to visit a friend and see some of the things I'd missed
the first time around. It's such a glorious city, with a strong
appreciation for the arts and wonderful cultural flavor.
long, long last I managed to go to the Coronado
Hotel, and tried recreating some moments from SOME LIKE
IT HOT. (My Cary Grant impression doesn't come close to Tony
Curtis', but at least I got a cool pic of their
pretty chandelier, and got stared down by this
creepy looking bird.) We also visited a lighthouse overlooking
the bay (pic 1, pic
2), and Balboa Park, with its beautiful botanical
gardens and expensive restaurants. (What else are credit
cards good for?)
lifelong fan of artist William
illustrations, I was especially interested in seeing his
new prehistoric murals at the Natural History Museum; they're
quite a thing to see up close. (Take a look: pic
1, pic 2, pic
3, plus the thumbnail below.) While I was there, I was also
happily surprized to run into the artist himself, who by coincidence
was making his own trip to the museum.
Positive review of "HEAVEN SPENT"
been so busy I kinda forgot about this... Though I'd like to
say I'm simply trying not to gloat.
this time last year, Hollywood blogger "THE
UNSUNG CRITIC" wrote some kind
words about an animated feature script I wrote called IN
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THADDEUS THACKERAY. Now he has a few
things to say about HEAVEN SPENT, a script I actually
wrote years before (and was the basis for HOW TO SUCCEED
IN HEAVEN WITHOUT REALLY DYING).
can read the full review by clicking
here. And I hope you will. I need some positive and happy
thoughts this year. A script sale would be nice, too.
really fun highlight was NYC's F.A.O. Schwartz toy store, where
a certain movie character was sculpted, life size, in Lego.
Yeah. I know. I'm pathetic...but it's a good segue into another
topic, this one concerning my art work.
been trying, albeit slowly, to get my foot in the door in the
art world. Until now I've had a few sporadic commissions here
and there, and while I get compliments, I never really thought
of myself as being good enough for a "professional" career.
I'm happy to say, then, that one of my INDIANA JONES pieces
is going to be used for an upcoming magazine article about the
fourth "Indy" film!
good news is that the publication is expected to have a print
run of just under 100,000 copies -- the widest audience my artwork
has ever had beyond the web. The bad news is that you'll have
to visit Brazil to get a copy.
your eyes peeled... (or, as they say in Spanish, "estar pendiente
de"...or, as they say in Portuguese -- crap, I can't find an
English-to-Portuguese translator.) ...for the end of the year
special issue of “Revista
da Semana”, your source for all things Brazil, save Terry
Gilliam's film of the same name. (You should check that one
out, too. It's one of my favorites.)
9th UPDATE: With more and more events piling up in preparation
for the next Indiana Jones film, I'm delighted to have my art
help promote two different festivals in the months to come.
And hours ago I was interviewed -- and in the process not-so-deliberately
made a complete dork of myself -- for a small feature about
my artwork for inclusion in a new "Indyfans"
documentary due out later this year. (I'm no good in front of
a camera, nervously babbling and stumbling over my words. Triumph
the insult comic dog would have had a field day with me
to poop on!)