What a mess! Me, not Marilyn. Well, maybe Marilyn, too. I remember what I felt like this hungover morning when my friend Artie picked me up (at the Chateau Marmont, if you please, which has seen its fair share of hangovers and overdoses) and kindly took me on a tour of the must-see spots in Los Angeles and environs. By the time we got to Venice Beach later that afternoon, I was back to normal. Or whatever normal was in those days. And ready to start in all over again. The past.
August 31, 2014
I love this shot of my creative colleagues, eyes on the monitor, checking out the video that had just been shot by the director of photography (red baseball cap). We were in LA, working on a TV commercial for Bose headphones. I miss working with these wonderful, inventive friends. But I don’t miss a lot of the power-play shenanigans of other, less-talented, fear-based folks.
August 30, 2014
I have been dealing with woodchucks ravishing my garden. On the advice of a friend, I bought a Havahart trap. (I had planned on toxic-smoke bombing the critter in its burrow.) And since that day two weeks ago, I’ve caught a rat (mercifully dead by the time I found it), two raccoons (both of which lunged and hissed at me, one of which also barked) and a woodchuck (which I drove 13 miles away and released in conservation land. Like a good boy.) The following day, I saw another woodchuck in the garden, so I set the trap again. After several days of nada, I awoke this morning to the sight of two raccoons. One in the trap (seen here) and its companion standing guard and staring me down as I approached. Cute, but nasty. You know the type.
August 29, 2014
No trip to Los Angeles is complete for me without time to walk down Hollywood Boulevard, stepping on the sidewalk stars in the Walk of Fame, marveling at the ornate extravagance of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, seen here. (Yes, it’s called Mann’s Chinese now, but I hold onto its original name from Hollywood’s Golden Age.) It still functions as a movie theater. I saw ‘Mommie Dearest’ here one tipsy night, I think, a long, long time ago.
August 28, 2014
We were shooting a TV commercial for Bose headphones here in this Los Angeles park, but I kept getting drawn to some of the colorful architectural details that never made it into the video. Like these spheres. And the facets and cutouts of the yellow building. The pebbled floor of the fountain. It was a beautiful day. And then it wasn’t, as thunderstorms blew in just as we were finishing our 13-hour ordeal.
August 27, 2014
On a production sound stage outside of Los Angeles, shooting video for a TV commercial for Bose headphones. The guy in the chair was positioned for a lighting check. I remember people saying how cute they thought he was. The next day, an outdoor shoot, he wore his glasses instead of his contacts...and few recognized him. So fickle these “industry” types. Still, I like the silhouette.
August 26, 2014
I like this photo because it suggests any number of scenarios without giving the viewer much information at all. A circus performer? A man swinging on a rope? In fact, it was a cute stagehand on a video shoot for Bose headphones that we spent two 13-hour days working on, indoors one day, outdoors the next. Grueling work, tedious. But the crew, who do this all the time, were upbeat and fun. Like this guy. Californians.