But let's back up to almost a year ago:
I met the fabulous artist Steve Heller and his wife, a writer, Martha Frankel, last March when I visited their shop called Fabulous Furniture in Boiceville, New York which is just outside of Woodstock. If you ever have a chance to visit the place it will be worth the trip. I was looking for an idea - I wanted to find someone I could develop a television show around. I had seen an article in the New York Times about Steve's latest creation - a custom car deliciously named "The Marquis Desoto" which had just garnered the award for the collectible car of the year. Hmmm. I thought, "I love cars and here is a unique and gifted custom car builder right in my back yard!" So I introduced myself to him and after about a half hour of talking to Steve I asked him if he had been contacted by anyone about a television show. He said no, which I was very surprised to hear. My mind immediately went to work questioning whether he was a good candidate for a television show and I soon realized I had struck gold!
Steve is a character. He is also warm, and loves to laugh and he is incredibly creative. His artwork is amazing. It's humorous and beautiful. I think of him as a gentle old hippie and he and Martha sure did live that life back in the good old days when most drugs just made you happy, when free love wouldn't kill you, and life had no cell phones or computers to distract you from gazing at your navel. His wife is a hoot! A wonderful writer and someone who knows EVERYONE! She is producing what looks to be like a great weekend for writers this winter called the Woodstock Writers Festival. I was recently her guest at the Woodstock Film Festival where she plays an important role as a moderator and I met so many people because of her. I have grown incredibly fond of these two people. Steve has an assistant named Mike who works hand-in-hand with Steve and is a talented guy, obsessed with creating, designing, model building and WWII.
I started shooting sequences for a promotional video last March and I have been shooting ever since. Along the way I have edited many different versions of the video and finally now have something I am very satisfied with. I think it captures the spirit of the show beautifully and I am confident that it will help sell this show. My talented friend named Lucas Able has been designing the most incredible graphics for me and tonight and tomorrow I will be getting the final ones to complete the promo. On Monday I will ship the promo to another friend named Kelly Hurd to do the color correction and that will be the final version for all to view. As soon as it is finished I will include a link here and on the website. Tell me what you think - would you want to watch this show?
I'll have my first meeting next week with the head of a large cable station....fingers crossed! Over and out.