Gaffer posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago
A rather interesting thing happened recently which I’ve mentioned to friends a few times and they have all said you should write it all down properly. So I was born in Los Angeles on August 8, 1928. Like most youngsters, he had a favourite playground: it happened to be the old Warner Bros. Studio on Sunset Boulevard where my uncial worked as a production manager, I working as a darkroom accent on Sunset Boulevard for, Consolidated Film Industries in Hollywood, where he worked for four years.
After graduating as an electrical engineer from California Institute of Technology I was hired by Byron Haskin, ASC, and head of the Warner Bros. Special Effects Department on Stage 5 in Burbank. Since this was the largest such department in the movie business, I was able to work with some of the top cinematographers in the effects field, such as ASC fellows Edwin DuPar, Hans Koenekamp and Warren Lynch. When Warner Bros. purchased First National’s studio in Burbank, California, I signed a contract and remained with the studio on and off for the next 40 years.
I also had a job as a Unit Stills Photographers I have created two kinds of images. The first one the making of the movie and the second Stills includes close-ups of the actors and crew, wide shots of the crew shooting the action, this work ran side by side with my movie work.
One of friend recently, said to me that I should take my time and look through all my work over the last 50 years. I must have taken photographs using all types of film. And when I turn in a mixed collection of film types for processing unless I take great care in marking the film packages when I get them back from the processor what type of film is in which package is unknown. This can be a problem when you need to know what type of film was used to do a correct print.
When I was sorting out rolles of film I came across over 30 rolls of old 120, 220,620 and 35mm format film. The films however were even more intriguing because they were used but undeveloped and had ‘develop by’ dates of over 50 years ago. All were black and white rolls of 120,220,620 where all Kodak Verichrome dated July 1948! Up to May 1955 the 35mm dated up to 1968. I’d already been looking around for somebody to develop the film for me.
So went down to Warner Bros. Photo Lab on the Burbank lot, I had to pull my finger out and got the job done. After a couple of false starts I found and contacted David Dawson at Warner Bros. Photo Lab oh got all the film procesed and the neg’s checked and printed. I hope to brings together the stories of One Old Man’s time behind a film camera, an show you some of my personal still photos taken over 50 years in the film industry.