Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lovely day on a volcano

One Sunday on my day off, I took a boat captained by a crazy South African dude that went from St. Maarten to a tiny, green cone-shaped island sticking out of the sea. I pointed, "I want to go there."

The movie location in St. Maarten was for Once Around with Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfus. Danny Aiello entertained us at the blackjack tables every night after dinner, with his Long Island Railroad shtick. I think he was once a conductor, and could do the "all aboard" and "next stop" announcements on demand, saying all the names of the stops on the Ronkonkoma line.

When I got to Saba, the very elegant little Dutch volcano island, there wasn't much to do but drink Heineken and hike around. I wound up near the top before it got foggy and I realized the snake potential. I came across the hut above. I called out. I had a cold drink.

My fiance was deep sea diving that day and I'm glad I didn't do that. I would have missed meeting the mayor of Saba, and seeing this hut, which had a piano in it, by the way.

Update: Found another picture taken on Saba that same day:

Friday, September 22, 2006

'La Bamba' Star Charged in Domestic Spat

I'm sorry to hear this. Out of all the Young Guns, Lou Diamond Phillips was definitely the nicest. Goes to show you just can't ever really know someone.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Turbo Interceptor

The Wraith was the second or third film job for me, working for John Kemeny (Quest for Fire) and Jeffrey Sudzin. At the end of this job, I put Charlie Sheen on a plane to the Philippines, where he went to shoot Platoon. The car was by far the best part of the movie. Sheen gets killed, and then comes back as a "wraith" in this car to avenge his death. The young Nick Cassavetes

and Sherilyn Fenn starred (obviously this isn't Sherilyn, I think it is Vickie Benson). Clint Howard helped me with my overheated mustang at a 7-11 once during filming, and Griffin O'Neal took care of my kitten Sedona. There was a fatal accident on this movie, during a car chase scene. Last words spoken to me by the cameraman who was killed, "here's my per diem. when my wife wakes up and comes down here, make sure she gets this. she wants to go shopping today." his entire weekly perdiem. there's nothing more to say. I later heard that his wife remarried a nice guy and that his little boy was fine.

The turbo car was an actual pace car, and these are the guys (the three on the left) who designed the wraith "suit". The guy on the right was a teamster, I forget his name.

Monday, September 11, 2006


In 1998 Miguel took me and my friend Kathleen (pictured above) to the observation deck of Number 2 World Trade Center. We went outside above the 110th floor. I couldn't imagine working this high up on a regular basis. We joked about how far a shit would have to travel once flushed from the high floors to get to the sewer. I still think about all the people who were there that day five years ago. I still think of the people who jumped, and the people who worked breakfast shift at Windows on the World. And the firefighters. And the ones who got out somehow. And the people (like my doorman) who volunteered days and nights to help out for months thereafter. I haven't really done jack shit.

Friday, September 08, 2006

does your nose itch?

because I think I might scratch it.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lord of the Flies

Working on a movie in a hurricane has its advantages. Such as working only 11 out of the first 66 days scheduled. It was Hurricane Gilbert in Jamaica. Balthazar Getty (some kind of nephew to the oil fortune) was starring in this film about adolescent boys resorting to savagery.

photo above was the "Jack's camp" set, with dolly track set out into the ocean

"Fisherman's Cove Wet People"

Movie production crew wearing stylish trash bags and rain gear. You can't imagine how impressive a light bulb can be after two weeks of candles. The following year I worked on another movie with Balth.