Allen Daviau beside motion picture camera on set.

A Tribute to Allen Daviau

How does a person go from camera store clerk to world-respected ASC cinematographer? With a little encouragement from friends, of course.

Line drawing illustration movie cameraman and sound recordist on set.

My Brilliant Career –The Beginnings

— an excerpt from my Steady Ender essays — The summer after college graduation, I was faced with getting a job. I had turned down a high school teaching assignment in a New Jersey farm area. That NYC skyline called out to me ever since I could remember, and I had to go for it. “It” was the unknown. My resume was verbal. If there was any opportunity at all, my approach was, “What are you looking for?” I had … Read More

Tourists climb the very steep steps of Plaza de la Pirámide de la Luna, at Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Mexico and the Torticos Man

Mexico and the Torticos Man Or Buzz and the Pyramids This all happened way back in the day when I was producing TV commercials. While I got some pretty bizarre requests from clients, this one remains at the top of the heap. Torticos was a brand of corn chips, much like Fritos or Doritos. But before I started putting this story together, I tried to find out if the brand still existed, since I’d never heard of it either before, … Read More

Older gentleman embraces two ladies, all three dressed for going out.

Tribute to TC

A Tale of Two Careers Tim Considine, my long time friend and film making partner, passed away on March 3, 2022. Tim was 81 years old. Nevertheless it really came as a shock because we just had lunch together, after a long hiatus. But what made it even sadder, we both thought the hiatus was finally over, and had been talking about our next lunch. Tim was always TC and I was always PV. It was from the fondly remembered … Read More

Some Adventures in Mexico – Kool Shooting

The year was 1984. I was Exec. Producer for a production company in Hollywood. Like all good adventures this one began with a phone call. It was from a mid-west advertising agency whose  producer was calling me. A nice guy by the name of Chuck Bauer, with whom I’d worked on previous jobs. He wanted me to bid on a package of TV commercials for their client, Kool Cigarettes, which were slated to run in Mexico, as well as Latin … Read More

Mort n’ Curley

Following the Paths of Two Extremely Talented High School Kids I was two years behind both Mort and Curley when I entered North Hollywood High School. They were both seniors while I was just beginning the 10th grade. But it didn’t take long before I learned about these two very talented individuals. Mort Subotnick played the clarinet and Curley Williams the piano. While I never got to know them personally, I always assumed that they were friends since they shared … Read More

John Wayne and the Alabama Hills

This is a funny story involving the famous actor, John Wayne, and could only happen once in a life-time.

Don Lusk on set dressed like a film noir gangster.

“My Search for Don Lusk!”

When I knew Don Lusk he was a U.S. Marine, an Animator for Walt Disney and my childhood idol. Although it was a brief period in my life, it was responsible for some of my fondest memories, and a story worth telling, especially my search for him 70 years later . . . ! But let’s start with the back-story. Way back in the day when I was in grammar school, a group of us were in the Cub Scouts; … Read More

Ruth Levy Raymond aka “Mamaroo”

The Passing of a Dear Friend Ruth Levy Raymond was a woman of many talents. She was an artist, a cowboy poet, a singer, and an author of children’s books. But beyond that, she was best known as a world class race car driver and competitor in a man’s sport. She was also a very dear friend. Sadly, Ruth passed away just two days before Christmas, last December 23, 2014. This is not the usual context from which I blog, because this time I’m coming from the … Read More