Neal Fredericks' Birthday!!!
People! My people!
Sorry we've all been out of it for so long, but we've been going through some things over here, things that I can't really talk about yet, but things that will make you glad youâ€™re not a filmmaker, if you arenâ€™t a filmmaker, and if you are a filmmaker, things that will make you very glad that youâ€™re not us. Weâ€™ll hopefully be able to talk very soon.
In the meantime, itâ€™s NEAL FREDERICKâ€™S
Birthday today, and to honor our friend and collaborator, Iâ€™ve put up a few pictures here that I just found in a box of his old junk in my basement.
Above is Neal at Towson, trying to look cool. He didnâ€™t smoke, so Iâ€™m not sure what was going on here.
just came out on DVD and I think itâ€™s Nealâ€™s greatest work of cinematography. Check out the website (another KARCHER
work of genius) and rent or buy the DVD. Itâ€™s on NETFLIX
, HOLLYWOOD VIDEO
. Itâ€™s a pretty cool movie and be sure to check out the doc that is on there, which I think is one of the best making-of films I've ever seen.
Above, Neal in his luxurious room in Orlando that he shared with Mike Monello
. We were editing GABRIELâ€™S DREAM
and broke but having the time of our lives.
This one brought me back to a time when I had a ridiculous amount of hair and we all couldâ€™ve used some fashion consultants. This was in 93 or so, at the premiere of a film called OSCEOLA SHERIFFâ€™S OFFICE
, but later changed to MIAMI BEACH COPS
, even though it had nothing to do with Miami AT ALL. Neal
worked their asses off on this film and got nothing except a close run-in with a runaway van and a massive fire-ball that almost killed them. Other than that, it was a great shoot.
From left, thatâ€™s right, thatâ€™s Dan Myrick
, looking quite frosty-haired and all, our man Neal
, my then girlfriend and now wife Stefanie
, me in the back, looking all...hell, I don't know, my in-laws Billy
and Tina Plank
, a long-haired Mike Monello
behind them, a very young BLAIR WITCH
composer Tony Cora
, Stefâ€™s sister and BLAIR WITCH
PA Carolyn DeCassan
, and our good friend from Montgomery College and UCF, Pete Rohan
. Man, that was quite a while ago.
Anyway, Happy Birthday, Neal
! We miss you and your stinky pinky every day, my friend! I love you, man.