HOLLYWOOD

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HOLLYWOOD SIGN

HOLLYWOOD HAS BEEN IN MY LIFE FOREVER. IT SEEMS SO RIPE FOR MY QUEST TO SHOW THE WORLD ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING. SO WHY HAVE WE NOT CONNECTED? WE ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER.

MY FATHER HAD A FURNITURE STORE IN BEVERLY HILLS AND I WAS RAISED ON VETERAN AVE BETWEEN OLYMPIC AND PICO IN WEST LOS ANGELES.

1945 AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II MY FATHER TOOK THE FAMILY TO HOLLYWOOD BLVD, TO CELEBRATE
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GRAUMAN’ S CHINESE THEATRE ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

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DINAH SHORE, SINGER

I WENT TO THE DIANAH SHORE RADIO SHOW WITH HER NIECE IN MY 1950 SUMMER CLASS AT UCLA, STUDYING BROADCASTING. ART LINKLETTER JUNIOR WAS IN MY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS 1951. WHERE THE DOCTOR INSTRUCTOR PUT ART LINKLETTER JUNIOR IN A HEAD LOCK BECAUSE HE WAS CUTTING UP. ART LINKLETTER THE KING OF TV GAME SHOWS.

MY SISTER GRADUATED WITH ELIZABETH TAYLOR AT UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL IN 1951. I GRADUATED AT UNI IN 1955 WITH WITH ALLAN LADD JR. THAT PRODUCED BRAVE HEART AND HEADED UP FOX STUDIOS. HE NEVER SHOWING UP FOR REUNIONS. THERE IS THE 60TH REUNION IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR. I HOPE TO SEE HIM THERE AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT DOING A PROJECT TOGETHER.

THE FATHER OF A GIRL, FRIEND OF MINE WAS A BIG TIME PRODUCER, THAT HAD A FANCY HOUSE IN BRENTWOOD. SHE NOT QUITE UP TO MY STANDARD OF BEAUTY, BUT SHE HAD A CRUSH ON ME. SHE WENT OFF TO STANFORD AND I WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. SHE WAY TOO SMART FOR ME.
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ALLAN LADD JR. PRODUCER AND HEAD OF FOX STUDIOS

MY SUMMER JOB IN 1957 WAS PARKING CARS AT CHASSENS’ IN BEVERLY HILLS, IT WAS THE RESTAURANT FOR HOLLYWOOD. GRACHO MARKS, JOAN CRAWFORD, FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN, ALFORD HITCHCOCK, AND THE BIG GUY I DID NOT RECOGNIZE ROCK HUDSON. BUT THE HIGHLIGHT WAS THE GORGEOUS WOMAN IN THE EMERALD DRESS THAT RAISED HER HAND TO ME TO HELP HER OUT OUT OF GUY WINGED MERCEDES ROADSTER. THE DOORMAN INFORMING ME SHE WAS A HIGH PRICE HOOKER. SO I WAS AROUND THE MAIN CHARACTER OF HOLLYWOOD, BUT JUST A MEANS TO PARK THEIR CARS, ALTHOUGH I WAS IN ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON AT THE TIME.

IN 1962 I MET BARON WOLMAN A PHOTOGRAPHER OUT OF CHIAGO, LIVING IN LOS ANGELES AND EAGER TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT. WE STARTED A BOOK ON LOS ANGELES ARCHITECTURE AND WENT AROUND LOS ANGELES SHOOTING BUILDINGS, AT THE SAME TIME I GOT INTERESTED IN POTTERY AND HE BACKED ME TO PRODUCE POTS. NEITHER PROJECT GOT OFF THE GROUND, BUT WE ARE STILL FRIENDS. BARRY BEING THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE AT WOODSTOCK. WE ENDED UP IN SAN FRANCISCO TOGETHER AND I DESIGNED AN INTERIOR FOR HIS OFFICE, WHICH DID NOT GET BUILT. WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS AND HE STARTED A MAGAZINE RAGS AND DID NUMEROUS BOOKS ON HIS PHOTOS.

IN 1971 BARRY GOT ME AN INTERVIEW AT ROLLING STONE WHEN I WAS DOING THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPERE, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ENDED UP DOING THE STORY WITH JUDY STONE THE DAUGHTER OF I F STONE . I PUSHING THE SCRIPT IN 1976 AND JUDY SAID TO GO TO FRANCIS COPPOLA, WHO WAS BUSY FILMING ” APOCALYPSE NOW”.

BARRY GOT BURNED ON A HOUSE HE BUILT WITH A ORGANIC DESIGNER IN THE WINE COUNTRY NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO. IT HAD ISSUES AND BARRY ALMOST LOST HIS PILE OF MONEY. HE RECENTLY HELPED ME WITH THE PURCHASE OF JUMP START BIOMORPHIC OASIS LAND.

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BARON WOLMAN AT WOODSTOCK ( BARRY TO ME) PHOTO BY BILL GRAHAM

AFTER GRADUATING WITH A MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE FROM CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART IN DETROIT 1967, I VISITED NEW YORK WHERE I HAD A CONNECTION TO HUNTLEY AND BRINKLEY THE FAMOUS NBC NEWS TEAM. I KNEW THE DAUGHTER OF CHET HUNTLEY AND HER HUSBAND DAN ARNSMIER GOT ME AN INTERVIEW. NOTHING HAPPENED, BUT RECENTLY DAN REMEMBERING HOW IMPRESSED HE WAS WITH MY VERTICAL CITY SCHEME FOR DETROIT. JONNY CARSON TURNED ME DOWN AS WELL, NOT HIS SORT OF THING. I SHOWED THE VERTICAL CITY TO ARTHUR C. CLARK , AUTHOR OF “2001,” IN NEW YORK, AFTER HE GAVE A LECTURE TO THE AIA. ROLLING THE HUGE DRAWINGS OUT ON THE CARPET OF THE CONVENTION HALL. HE STARED, SMILED AND WALKED OFF.

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CHET HUNTLEY, NEWS CASTER NBC

MY FIRST WIFE JOANNE AND I BOUGHT A SMALL GUEST HOUSE ON MULHOLLAND DRIVE AND OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS JOHN VERNON, AN ACTOR OF SOME NOTE. A SHAKESPEARIAN ACTOR FROM CANADA MAKING MONEY IN HOLLYWOOD. A RICHARD BURTON TYPE THAT DRANK AND PROJECTED HIS VOICE IN DRAMATIC FASHION. HE BEING IN EASTWOOD MOVIES AND THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT IN ANIMAL HOUSE. I DID A REMODEL PROPOSAL FOR HIM WHICH HE NEVER PAID ME A DIME FOR. MY SCHEME MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT HE BUILT. FAYE DUNAWAY LIVED DOWN THE STREET. YES, I LIVED IN A BIG TIME AREA. EVEN AFTER I BUILT MY MONUMENT MULHOLLAND HAFID HOUSE, I NEVER GOT ANY ACTION FROM HOLLYWOOD. JACK NICOLSON AND MARLON BRANDO LIVED JUST UP THE STREET.

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IN 1970 DAVID GREENBERG OF ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS, APPROACHED ME IN VENICE TO DO A MOVIE ON THE VERTICAL CITY. I WANTED A SERIOUS MOVIE MADE. DAVID HAD NO TRACK RECORD OF MAKING MOVIES AT THAT TIME, SO I SAID NO. BIG MISTAKE BECAUSE DAVID HAD MONEY AND CONNECTIONS TO HOLLYWOOD. HIS PARTNER, ROGER WILSON’S, FATHER WAS A BIG TIME HOLLYWOOD MUSIC MAN. I WAS IN TRANSITION BETWEEN THE VERTICAL CITY FOR DETROIT AND BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE FOR LOS ANGELES. BY 1972 I WAS READY, BUT DID NOT APPROACH DAVID, HE HAD MOVED ON. IN RETROSPECT I WAS NOT READY FOR A MOVIE AT THAT TIME, BUT SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR IT.

I HAD A CONNECTION OF JULIE GALLAS BY WAY OF JENNIER, A SECRETARY AT A.T. WILKES AND STEINBECK, JULIE A MEGA RICH WOMAN FROM PITTSBURGH. SHE DATED THE LONGSHOREMAN FATHER OF MICHAEL PHILLIPS OF THE MAMAS AND THE PAPPAS SINGING GROUP. THE HOT BLOND IN THE GROUP. I CONNECTED TO THE LONGSHOREMAN FATHER. JULIE COULD HAVE SET ME UP FOR LIFE WORKING ON MY IDEAL STUFF. INSTEAD SHE GOT TICKED OFF AT ME FOR SAYING I COULD HAVE DONE HER KITCHEN REMODEL BETTER THAN JENNIER’S SON. SHE LINED ME UP WITH A CIGAR SMOKING FRIEND OF HERS THAT WAS MUCH TOO SOPHISTICATED FOR ME. JULIE HAD A VERY LARGE HOUSE WHERE I WOULD TAKE MY KIDS TO HANG OUT ON A SUNDAY. SHE HAVING A DAUGHTER THAT ENJOYED MY KIDS. JULIE HAVING A TRAGIC TIME WHEN TWO OF HER TEENAGE HIPPIE KIDS WERE KILLED ON THE SAME DAY. SHE SPONSORED ERRO SAARINEN’S SON WITH SOME MOVIE HE WAS MAKING.

AROUND 1973, SHORTLY AFTER SCI-ARC STARTED, I HAD AN INTERVIEW WITH ROGER CORMAN AND HIS WIFE JULIE (OF B MOVIE FAME) LIKE “MACHINE GUN KELLEY ” IN THEIR OFFICE ON SUNSET BLVD. ABOUT DOING A MOVIE ON THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE. THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE, BUT ASKED ME TO BE THE ART DIRECTOR FOR DEATH RATE 2000. WHICH BECAME A CULT CLASSIC. I TURNED IT DOWN BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A SERIOUS EFFORT TO BETTER THE PLANET. THE STORY OF A CAR RACE FROM NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES BASED ON SPEED AND HOW MANY PEDESTRIANS YOU COULD RUN OVER. ROGER WAS PROUD OF THE FACT IT WAS HIS IDEA TO RUN OVER PEDESTRIANS.

THEY ALSO ASKED ME TO REMODEL THEIR HOME DONE BY ARCHITECT CLIFF MAY. I SAID I WOULD. BUT I NEEDED TO TALK TO CLIFF MAY FIRST. IT WAS THE PROFESSIONAL THING TO DO. THAT SEEMED TO TURN THEM OFF, BECAUSE I DID NOT HEAR FROM THEM AGAIN. THE CORMANS BECOMING THE KING OF B MOVIES AND GIVING JACK NICHOLSON AND FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA THEIR STARTS. THEIR STUDIO JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM ME WHEN I LIVED IN VENICE.

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ROGER CORMAN, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER

I DID A COUPLE OF LOCAL LOS ANGELES INTERVIEWS ON TV ABOUT THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE. ONE WITH THE LOCAL BROADCASTER RALPH STORY AND STEPHANIE EDWARDS. (STEPHANIE STILL AROUND DOING THE ROSE PARADE ETC.) THAT WENT WELL AND THE FOLLOW UP WITH REGIS PHILBIN. REGIS COULD NOT SEE ANY MERIT IN MY BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE. REGIS TURNING INTO THE HEART THROB OF AMERICA WITH HIS TALK SHOWS .

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REGIS PHILBIN TV INTERVIEWER

DANILO BACH A HOLLYWOOD SCREEN WRITER WAS A PARTNER AND NEIGHBOR ON THE IRVING GILL RESTORATION PROJECT, BUT HE CAST THE SCRIPT OFF AS BEING A PLATO’S PHILOSOPHER KING MODEL. WHICH IS OK WITH ME. DANILLO KNOWN FOR BEVERLY HILLS COPS. I ALWAYS THOUGHT WHAT A WASTE OF TALENT, AND TALKING TO HIM A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT THAT, HE SAYING HIS BETTER STUFF TURNED DOWN.

IN SUMMER OF 1976 RALPH MURSINNA, A FORMER STUDENT OF MINE AT SI-ARC MADE A MOVIE TITLE THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE. RALPH HAD A SUPER 8 CAMER THAT HAD ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES. OUR BUDGET WAS TIGHT, BUT RALPH MADE THE MOST OF WHAT HE HAD. A CREATIVE GUY. OUR SOUND MAN MORT NEKRUG. IT HAD A FEW SHOWINGS, ONE WHERE PETER COOK SAW IT. LUCIA USED PARTS OF IT IN HER MOVIE. THE AUDIENCE LOVED RALPH’S SHOTS. ESPECIALLY ME GOING INTO A TUNNEL AND FLYING INTO THE HEAVENS IN MY SILVER CARMEN GHIA CONVERTIBLE.

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IN 1981 TODD FISHER, THE SON OF EDDIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND THE BROTHER OF PRINCESS LEIA OF STAR WARS FAME, CARRIE FISHER. TOOK MY SUMMER CLASS AT SCI-ARC. AFTER CLASS WE WENT OFF TO SEE INDIANA JONES. I SPENT TIME AT HIS HOUSE. HE WAS SMART AND RELATED TO MY WORK. NOTHING CAME OF IT. TODD WAS SKILLED AND LEARNED FAST, AND INITIALLY DID WELL. WE WERE DOING TWO HOUSES A WEEK. THE CLASS WAS DEMANDING AND TODD BROUGHT IN A MODEL OF QUESTIONABLE MERIT. HE ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT? I SAID IT WAS NOT UP TO STANDARD. HE TOOK OUT HIS WALLET AND THREW A HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL ON IT. HE ASKED WHAT DID I THINK NOW? I TOLD HIM IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. HE KEPT THROWING $100 BILLS UNTIL IT REACHED A THOUSAND. SOME KIDS WERE POOR IN THE CLASS AND LIVING UNDER THEIR DRAFTING BOARDS. IT WAS A SURREAL ACT. FUNNY IN SOME WAYS, BUT A TRAGEDY .

HE AND HIS BUDDY OF THE ITALIAN FIAT FAMILY SPENT GOBS OF MONEY IN MY NATURAL STUDIES CLASS. THE LAST ASSIGNMENT BEING A KINETIC PROJECT. THEY TOOK A MOTOR HOME MODEL ABOUT 16″ LONG AND 8″ INCHES HIGH AND HAD THE CLASS COME OUT TO THE PARKING LOT. THEY DROVE IT AROUND WITH REMOTE CONTROL AND THEN THE TOP OPENED UP AND A ROCKET POINTED UPWARD THAT WAS BLASTED SKYWARD A THOUSAND FEET. NOW THAT IS HOLLYWOOD.

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TODD FISHER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR

IN 1976 I WROTE A MOVIE SCRIPT CALLED THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE. SEE BLOGS 1 2 3 4 5 6. IT HAD ALL THE DRAMA OF LOS ANGELES GOING TO HELL WITH FIRES, EARTHQUAKES, SOCIAL UNREST AND SEEKING A WAY TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT ECOLOGICALLY, SOCIALLY , AND ENVIRONMENTALLY. THERE WAS THE DRAMA OF THE STRUGGLE OF MAKING THIS HAPPEN, THE CHARACTERS NEEDED : THE BIG DADDY, ANTAGONISTS ETC. THE ROGUE ARCHITECT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, MODELED AFTER ME. THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER A TEAM OF SIMILAR MINDS SETS IN VARIOUS FIELDS FROM FOOD TO GOVERNMENT. A GOOD SCRIPT WRITER COULD HAVE USED MY SCRIPT TO MAKE IT ENTERTAINING AND RELEVANT. THUS SHOWING THE WORLD WHAT COULD BE POSITIVE VS. THE POPULAR DOOMS DAY APPROACH OF THE FUTURE .

I KNEW EDWARD BELL A HANDSOME ARTICULATE ACTOR THAT KNEW THE PARTNER OF SAUL BASS A RESPECTED FILM MAKER. THE PARTNER REJECTED THE SCRIPT AND WAS VICIOUS ABOUT IT. TELLING ME I NEEDED TO TAKE A WRITING COURSE AND SAUL WAS A FRIEND OF SOLERI. BUT THAT IS HOLLYWOOD, A LOT OF REJECTION.

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EDWARD BELL, ACTOR PHOTO BY FREDERICK M BROWN / GETTY IMAGES.

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SAUL BASS FILM MAKER

I KNEW A CAMERA MAN NAMED PARKER THAT SHOWED THE SCRIPT TO STEVEN SPEILBURG THAT WANTED TO TAKE AN OPTION ON IT AFTER SEEING THE VISUALS. THE CAMERA MAN PARKER WANTED MORE OF A COMMITMENT AND WALKED AWAY.

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STEVEN SPEILBERG, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER

STANLEY KUBRICK DID WRITE ME A NICE LETTER, BUT WAS BUSY WITH OTHER PROJECTS

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STANLEY KUBRICK , DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER

ROBERT REDFORD’S OUTFIT WILDWOOD WROTE A LETTER STATING THEY AGREED WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER, BUT DID NOT CHOOSE TO CONVEY THEM THROUGH MY SCRIPT.

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ROBERT REDFORD, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

EDWARD BELL ENDED UP MARRYING ESTER WILLIAMS , THE KNOCK OUT BEAUTY OF ALL THE SWIMMING POOL EXTRAVAGANZAS IN THE EARLY FIFTIES. WE TALKED A BIT ABOUT ENLARGING HER POOL, BUT NOTHING CAME OF IT.

A STUDENT OF MINE AT SCI-ARC WAS CLAIR POLLACK, THE WIFE OF SYDNEY POLLACK THE FAMOUS DIRECTOR,

PRODUCER AND ACTOR. SYDNEY READ THE SCRIPT AND CALLED IT A TREATMENT, AND SHOWED NO INTEREST.

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SYDNEY POLLACK, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

AROUND 1987 ANOTHER STUDENT AT SCI-ARC KNEW A PRODUCER AND I ENDED UP GIVING A PITCH AT HIS HOUSE IN BEVERLY HILLS. THE COVER OF THE SCRIPT BEING 40 COLOR SLIDES IN PLASTIC JACKETS SHOWING THE VISUALS. NOTHING CAME OF IT.

YEARS LATER IN 1995 GREG DAVIS THAT HAD BEEN A STUDENT OF MINE AT SCI-ARC THOUGHT WE SHOULD APPROACH HOLLYWOOD WITH THE SCRIPT AGAIN. SUGGESTING WE REWRITE IT IN TREATMENT FORM. WE GOT AN INTERVIEW AT DREAM WORKS AND WE PITCHED THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE SCRIPT. THE REACTION WAS THAT IT SHOULD BE A DOCUMENTARY AND NOT A DRAMA. GREG HAD A CONNECTION WITH GOLDIE HAWN AND PARTNER KURT RUSSELL. THE CONNECTION WANTING ANOTHER ACTION FILM, SO WHY BOTHER ABOUT PITCHING A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CITY?

A NIECE OF ED ASNER, “ALL IN THE FAMILY FAME” THE ULTIMATE LIBERAL WAS IN MY DESIGN CLASS, ED SHOWING UP IN NICARAGUA WHEN I WAS THERE. I INTERRUPTING HIM ON HIS GUIDED TOUR, INTRODUCING MYSELF AND SAYING HIS NIECE WAS MY STUDENT AND I COULD GIVE HIM A BIT OF INSIGHT ON NICARAGUA, HE SEEMED INTERESTED BUT WAS WHISKED AWAY BY HIS TOUR GUIDES. EVERYTHING WAS ORCHESTRATED BY THE GOVERNMENT INCLUDING MY TIME THERE.

My Father, The Genius a film by Lucia Small – Dreams for a better world in face of reality. 2001 small angst films. All rights reserved.

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IN ENTERS MY DAUGHTER LUCIA SMALL IN 2002 WITH HER FILM “MY FATHER THE GENIUS.” I ASKED FOR A FILM ON MY WORK AND SHE MADE A FILM ON DIVORCE AND MY WORK. SHE GOT RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE FILM AND A NUMBER OF AWARDS, BUT I GOT PANNED AS A FATHER BY IMPORTANT NEWSPAPERS AND FILM CRITICS. LUCIA MADE A COMPLEX FILM BUT REVIEWED IN A SIMPLISTIC WAY. ALL NEW TO ME SINCE I HAD NEVER HAD GOTTEN BAD PRESS ON MY WORK. THE FILM DID EXPOSE MY WORK TO THE WORLD AND I DO GET GUSHING LETTERS EVERY FEW MONTHS STILL. BUT NO FILM MAKERS RELATING TO MAKING A SERIOUS MOVIE ON THE WORK. LUCIA INITIALLY THOUGHT FILMING FOR MY FATHER THE GENIUS II, BUT NOW IS NOT WANTING TO GO AHEAD. SHE SAID IT IS TOO PERSONAL.

MICHAEL PHILLIPS SHOWS UP IN 2002 AS A JUDGE IN SAVANNAH GEORGIA IN A FILM FESTIVAL GIVING AN AWARD TO BEST DOCUMENTARY TO “MY FATHER THE GENIUS.” AND SITTING NEXT TO ME ON THE PLANE HOME. SHE SAYING SHE WILL PUT US TOGETHER FOR A PARTY IN LA. I AM STILL WAITING. Frederick M. Zollo THE PRODUCER OF MISSISSIPPI BURNING, ANOTHER JUDGE, WAS GUSHING ALL OVER ME AND ACCORDING TO MY DAUGHTER LUCIA WANTED TO BUILD SOMETHING LIKE THE FLYING HOUSE. NEVER HEARD FROM HIM. HIS WIFE MAKING JAMES BOND MOVIES.

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MICHELLE PHILLIPS

SYDNEY POLLACK SHOWING UP IN THE SAME FILM FESTIVAL AND SCARED TO DEATH OF ME WHEN I ASKED THE TOUGH QUESTION OF WHERE HIS MONEY CAME FROM TO GET STARTED AND IF HE WOULD DO AN HONEST PIECE ON FRANK GEHRY? WHICH HE SAID HE WOULD, BUT DID NOT. THE EDITOR A PERSONAL FRIEND OF MY DAUGHTER LUCIA THAT MET A TRAGIC DEATH RECENTLY.

IN 2008 FLYING BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO FROM LONDON AND ABU DHABI, I MET MONTY NORMAN AND HIS WIFE, WHO WROTE THE ORIGINAL THEME SONG OF JAMES BOND. HIS WIFE ALL OVER ME WITH COMPLIMENTS ON MY WORK AND TURNING TO HER HUSBAND AND SAYING HE IS SO CREATIVE, WHEN MARRIED TO A CREATIVE GENIUS COMPOSER HERSELF. I FELT SORRY FOR HIM. I NEVER HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN. BUT LOOKING UP HIM UP I CAME ACROSS THE SIMPLE ENGLISH GOOD TASTE FLAT THEY LIVE IN ENGLAND, NOTHING CREATIVE IN IT EXPLAINS HIS LACK OF FOLLOW UP.

IT IS NOT LIKE MY WORK IS HIDDEN, I HAVE HAD A BLOG FOR 5 YEARS THAT SHOWS THE WORK — NEW, OLD, AND ALL THE IN-BETWEEN STUFF. IN LOS ANGELES I HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF LOCAL PUBLICITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN AT SCI-ARC, SO I AM OUT THERE. HOLLYWOOD HAS PEOPLE IN SEARCH OF IDEAS, SO THEY HAVE PASSED ON ME TO DATE.

IN 2014 CHRISTIAN CAMARGO AN ACTOR FILM MAKER IN JOSHUA TREE TAKING AN INTEREST AND PROPOSING A GALLERY SHOW IN CULVER CITY WITH A CASTING DIRECTOR FRIEND OF HIS. HE NOW HAVING TO TAKE A BREAK FOR PERSONAL REASONS, BUT HOPEFULLY WILL BE BACK.

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CHRISTIAN CAMARGO, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER,

IN 2015 KRISTA CHAEL A PRODUCER FOR LIVE REALITY SHOWS, RECENTLY FILMING AN EXTENSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ME . A SHORT PEICE TO CREATE SOME INTEREST IN ME FOR KICK START ETC.

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PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR, FILM-MAKER

WHERE ARE THE VISIONARY PEOPLE OF HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE PLUS STORY ON THE DOCUMENTED OUTSIDER GENIUS THAT NOBODY KNOWS. HOW HARD IS THAT?

I NOW IN THE JOSHUA TREE PLAYGROUND FOR HOLLYWOOD TO EXCAPE TO. THE HOLLYWOOD LIST IS ENDLESS HERE AND GROWING.

HOLLYWOOD A SHORT DRIVE AWAY.

IN COMPARISON TO ME, MY FELLOW ARCHITECT FRIENDS OF MINE HAVE DONE QUITE WELL WITH HOLLYWOOD.

BAKEN ARRIGONI AND ROSS, A FIRM OUT OF SAN FRANCISCO. ALL WERE CLOSE CLASSMATES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON AND LATER HOOKING UP WITH ME WHILE WORKING IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR TWO YEARS. THEIR CLIENTS ROBERT REDFORD AND GEORGE LUCAS.

ED NILES THAT WORKS OF OUT MALIBU DOING JOHNNY CARSON’S HOME AND A BUNCH OF THE STARS’ HOMES. WE WENT TO JUNIOR HIGH TOGETHER AND HOOKED UP AT CAL POLY POMONA TEACHING. AND HAVE STAYED FRIENDS.

DAVID GRAY ARCHITECT BEING THE ARCHITECT FOR DUSTIN HOFFMAN. HE RECENTLY CATEGORIZES ME AS THE FUTURIST ROMANTIC DREAMER. HE NOW IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IN SOME REMODEL BUILDING HE BOUGHT. HE WORKED WITH FREI OTTO ON EXPO 67, I PROJECTED HE WOULD BE DOING WAY OUT STUFF NOW.

YOU WOULD THINK, ACTORS WITH A BUNCH OF FUCK YOU MONEY, WANT TO SEEK OUT SENSUOUS ECOLOGICAL OASIS ENVIRONMENTS DONE BY AN OUTSIDER ARCHITECT. THEY HAVE NOT COME KNOCKING. I AM WAITING. AT 77 THEY HAD BETTER HURRY UP.

BESIDES THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE SCRIPT, THERE IS THE LIFE OF GLEN HOWARD SMALL THE MAVERICK. NOW THAT ONE IS ALREADY WRITTEN WITH OVER 100 BLOGS TELLING IT ALL AND ADDED TO EACH MONTH. A SERIAL THAT CONTINUES WITH EACH PASSING DAY.

MY CONCLUSION BEING, “HOLLYWOOD IS JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE THAT HAVE A FANTASTIC JOB”, JULIE ROBERTS SAID THAT. THEIR ARCHITECTURAL VALUES MOSTLY PROSAIC. THEIR HOMES IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, COSTLY ABODES THAT PROJECT THE PAST. THEY ARE NOT CUTTING EDGE, JUST FOLLOWING THE MOB WHEN IT COMES TO ENVIRONMENTS.

GLEN

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6 comments

    • RALPH MURSINNA,

      I APOLOGIZE, I FORGOT ABOUT THE FILM YOU MADE ON THE BIOMORPHIC BISPHERE. I HOPE YOU STILL HAVE A COPY.
      TALK ABOUT A FILM UNDERFINANCED, BUT STILL CREATIVE, THAT WAS THE ONE. AND LUCIA TOOK PARTS OF IT AND INSERTED IT IN HER FILM, MY FATHER THE GENIUS. I WILL UPDATE THIS BLOG AND INCLUDE YOUR FILM.
      WE HAD FUN MAKING IT.

      SORRY ABOUT THAT,

      GLEN

  1. I am afraid I have a low opinion of Hollywood. It seems to be all about power, big business, and satisfying the whims of the mass market. I can think of no group less likely to take a real interest in your work, Glen. You need support from thinkers, not artificers.

    However, within the ranks of the Hollywood power elite there are sure to be imaginative, creative and responsible folks who would understand what you’re trying to do. Perhaps it’s about separating the Hollywoodies from Hollywood?

    • TIM

      THANKS FOR YOU WORDS OF WISDOM.

      I JUST HOPE A LOT, AND AS YOU POINT OUT HOLLYWOOD PRODUCES VERY LITTLE OF CONSEQUENCE. ESPECIALLY IF ANY ORGINALITY IS REQUIRED.

      THE SOCIETY HAS NO WAY OF KNOWING ALTERNATIVES TO THE PRESENT MIND SET OF DEVELOPMENT. HOW SAD.

      GLEN

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