We’re going to be in Pictures


48 Hour Filmmaker: San Diego 2012

That’s right – the LGA is fielding a team for the San Diego 48 Hour Film Project.  I’ll be directing, and my esteemed colleagues, Col. Andrew S. Trimlett and Mr. Justin D. Lieberknecht will be producing. In just a few hours, we’ll receive our film genre, a line of dialogue, a prop, and the name of a character, and have just two days to make a 4 to 7 minute film. Just the sort of wild slapdashery this League prepares its Gents to face!

The Best Damn Martini I Have Ever Had

Gin. Dry Vermouth. Shaken (or stirred) with ice, then strained into a stylish though somewhat impractical glass, with either an olive or a twist of lemon peel dropped in at the end.

With such a brief recipe, could the quality of the Martini Cocktail actually vary that much from establishment to establishment? The answer is, of course, “GOD yes!” And the martini served at Los Angeles’s venerable Musso and Frank is the finest I have ever had.

We were celebrating my recent graduation from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, whose founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.  While I was studying there, I also received a bit of financial help from the Mary Pickford Foundation.  Pickford, Griffith, and Fairbanks, along with Charlie Chaplin, founded United Artists 1919, and they were all regulars at Musso and Frank, which opened that same year.  Chaplin’s favorite dish was the grilled lamb kidneys, and an “oft-repeated, but unverified story1  has Douglas Fairbanks racing Rudolph Valentino down Hollywood Boulevard on horseback to get to the famous bar and grill.

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The Wildlife of Los Angeles

One of the great things about living in Southern California is the proximity of open space to just about all developed areas. I live in Los Angeles, and am rarely more than a 30 minute drive from a solid hike in the backcountry. Today, the hiking destination was Las Virgenes Canyon, a hilly area on the west side of the San Fernando Valley.

For much of the year, the SoCal backcountry is yellow, dry, and crunchy, but for a couple of months in the spring, after the winter rains but before the summer heat, there’s a little water and the hills are green flecked with yellow mustard grass.

On today’s hike, I encountered all sorts of creatures – frogs and swarms of tadpoles in small seasonal ponds,hawks, small mammals, and even a very large rattlesnake poking his head out of the bushes on the side of the trail. There’s nothing like almost stepping on a rattlesnake to liven up the senses. From then on, every stick lying on the trail becomes a potential snake…