Thursday, February 22, 2007

Skiing with Kiefer

The film crew photo is a genre all it's own. There is the full crew deal, where everyone is summoned away from their lunch to an area of the set that seems appropriate, and the stills photographer takes a few, which are then printed and distributed. It's often at the tail end of a shoot, when most, if not all of the important actors have wrapped and gone home. There is also the inner circle crew photo, usually just of specific departments. Before digital cameras, the polaroid was king of the set, at about a dollar or two per photo.

Here we are after skiing on the Sunday off, with Kiefer Sutherland (purple in center), me, a young Balthazar Getty (front, with bag of chips), the location manager Michelle (pink), some art department guys (and gal, Patricia), the TomKats catering guy (red sweater), and some grips. Kiefer is an example of a famous actor who doesn't need rehab. Totally professional and nice to everyone.

His assistant was not a hot young girl, but rather a hand-me-down who had worked for his father, Donald, for many years. Maurice Dunster, Kiefer's man-assistant was an older British bloke who spoke in cockney rhyming slang all day (mind your plates!). Maurice must have done a good job taking care of everything, because I never had to do anything annoying or special for Kiefer. Too bad that show he's on now glorifies torture. That is a drag.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Is it love? Or just a dopamine rush.

Few artists have provided more target practice for cupid since the mid-60s than Jim Dine. Above, a crane lowers a 4,500-pound bronze heart, half of Dine's Two Big Black Hearts at the Hirshhorn in 1985.

For someone who has had some miserable Valentines days over the years, I am still obsessed by love, or as the scientists say, that chemical reaction of receptors and neurotransmitters that create the energy and motivation to not only be with someone, but to do things in daily life with that extra focused attention and exhilaration that you have when you are under the spell.

How to make love stay? Tom Robbins had list of tactics in Still Life with the Woodpecker, all involving superstitious potions, cheesecake from Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue, and peeing out your bedroom window.

I think love notes are key. Words for me are very seductive. Some of my favorite love notes from the past and present...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love will be there in the morning.

Friday, February 09, 2007

troubled soul

People thought Griffin O'Neal (center) might have talent after he starred in Caleb Deschanel's The Escape Artist. I found him to be kind of tender-hearted, even if fucked up, and I got the impression that the only person he cared about (really), was his sister Tatum. I also got the impression his father was totally toxic. I never had any problems with him during production, just a sweetie, I thought. Photo-- by the pool on a day off from Killer Bimbos, with David Sherrill and Jamie Bozian. I hope he gets his shit together.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

From Paper to Screen

from paper to film a museum in Reno(!)

The most interesting part of working on media-related projects, for me, has been the chance to make something large from something small. The realization that a piece of paper--a half-assed idea in someone's mind or on their computer, can be blown up into a tangible object, or into an image that might be seen or heard by millions of people. The first time I realized this concept was in fifth grade, when we moved into a house that my dad built with his friend Pete, a Yaqui Indian, that I had seen being worked out on paper on the kitchen table for a long time, but then there it was standing there. And again, after choreographing a routine in my bedroom junior year of high school, that was later performed by a line of dancers at a U of A football game. Seemed funny to me, being on the giant field doing that routine to Superstition on loudspeakers, more or less the same thing that was figured out on the rug at home, with the cassette player. From small to bigger.