This blog is dedicated to all things Frank – past, present and future.

Monday, May 23, 2011

"Casey at the Bat" narrated by James Earl Jones

Here's some footage I shot of Casey playing tee-ball on May 13th, 2011. James Earl Jones was kind enough to lend his voice for the project.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chloe's Thank You (2008)

This was Chloe's "Thank You" card from her first birthday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy BeeDay!

Today is Chloe Bee's 4th birthday! Here's some other people she shares it with...

Tina Fey

Reggie Jackson

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

Perry Como

Robert Morse

Frank Capra (left)

Don Martin


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Luke Duke

In 2007 I had the chance to work with Tom Wopat. We were going to use him as the announcer for Toyota. He came into the studio about three or four times to lay down scratch tracks for some demos and he was very nice and personable. He didn't mind talking about his past starring in The Dukes of Hazzard – he even brought it up – and he also reminisced about competing on Battle of the Network Stars. I told him that the Trio Network had a Battle of the Network Stars marathon and that I taped them all...because that's what I do. Tom asked if I could make him a copy for the next time I saw him. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance because of "the incident" – which I won't get into here – but that was the end of our working relationship.

I did, however, get the chance to have Tom sign a Cracked magazine I kept since 1980. I was a big fan of The Dukes of Hazzard and CHiPS. Erik Estrada... you're next.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simmons' Meteor

This is my bootleg KISS album signed by Gene Simmons. I bought the album back in 1987 when my friends and I hopped the train to NYC to hit some record stores. (I also bought a bootleg of Gene and Paul's first band, Wicked Lester, that day, too.) Simmons' Meteor is basically a live performance from San Francisco in 1977 and it's got a lot of "Hello San Francisco!" Paul-isms. The sound quality isn't the greatest but it's listenable. How I came to get it signed is another story...

My sister was working at Court TV when Gene Simmons was pitching a show there. She knew he was coming in so she offered me the chance to get something signed. I knew out of all my KISS paraphernalia it had to be Simmons' Meteor. I bet it's the only signed copy in the world. When Kathy – my sister – asked Gene to sign it he took one look at it and gave her a "What's this?" reaction. He told her the album was illegal and made without his permission but agreed to sign it only if she'd kiss him on the cheek. Kathy came through for me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Stuck In Time

It's great to be back! Wow!! Never thought I'd make it!!! I truly, truly missed you all!!!!

Let me explain... For those of you who aren't aware, I finally got my time machine working. (I know, it's been a long time tinkering, but a labor of love.) When I finished the prototype it was time to put it to the test. For the maiden voyage I decided to set the coordinates to a time I felt comfortable with – ancient times would be too foreign and the future, too uncertain. I could've (should've) set the dial to the previous day, to play it safe, but I got a little cocky and set it to 1976. I have fond memories of '76 from when I was a child – being the country's Bicentennial and all.

I pushed the button and ZAP!... I arrived safely in '76 – in California for some reason – but I blew an electromagnetic plasma thruster upon rematerialization. To build another thruster would cost roughly $7,000 dollars – $1,830 dollars in 1976 currency. The problem, I only had about $35 dollars in my pocket and my credit card was worthless – it was issued in 2010. (WARNING: If you're planning to do some time travel, make sure to carry lots of cash.)

I needed to raise the money to repair my time machine, but that proved to be difficult. Besides having only $35 dollars to my name, I didn't have proper identification. Not only was my driver's license issued in 2008, it had a birth year of 1971, so technically I was five years old. Try getting a real job without I.D. – not gonna happen, even in the relaxed '70s. So I took a job washing dishes at a taco stand on Venice beach. There I befriended the cook, Hector Elizondo (no, not the Hector Elizondo). Hector let me sleep on his couch for $20 bucks a week. He also hooked me up with his cousin who made fake I.D.'s. From then on I was Steve Chambers.

As Steve Chambers, I became an assistant to a photographer who specialized in catalog fashion. One day, on a shoot for JCPenney, the male model was inappropriate with the stylist and was thrown off set. We desperately needed to shoot the clothing line that day in order to make the presses. As luck would have it, I was the only one on set with the same build as the model. I fit the wardrobe perfectly. My career as a catalog fashion model had begun. (The photo at the top of this post was taken for the '76 Fall Fashion catalog.)

After just three shoots I had made the money to fix the electromagnetic plasma thruster. I considered staying in 1976, because quite honestly I was having a blast, but then I thought about my family and friends and how I'd be missed and how I missed them so I decided to head back to 2011.

After fixing the thruster I hit the "reverse trip" button on my time machine and ZAP!... I rematerialized in a bus depot in Flint, Michigan. (I really should fix the GPS on that thing.) I looked over the shoulder of an old man reading a newspaper and realized the date was May 9th, 2011. The same day I left on my adventure! It was like the six months spent in 1976 never happened. Luckily, I still had a few extra dollars in my pocket, just enough for a coffee and a bus ticket back to Jersey. I think my time travel days are behind me.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Chloe's Art: Oceans (April 2011)

Ocean #1 (2011) watercolor 12"x9"

Chloe's study in watercolors. She called them Oceans.

Ocean #2 (2011) watercolor 12"x9"

Ocean #3 (2011) watercolor 12"x9"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Love (1998)

Thirteen years ago today, Kim and I got married! Happy Anniversary Kim!! To document our wedding day we hired a photographer and videographer from a small business on Staten Island. Big mistake. The photographer they assigned us was pedestrian at best and the videographer was the owners goof-off brother. But the price was right.

The one thing we found intriguing about the video part was that the guy offered to film us walking through a park a few weeks prior to the wedding. He said it's a nice way to start the video – a lead-in to the actual wedding. I asked, rather than just have us walking around, could we film a little story? He was cool with it. After all, they wanted our money. So I wrote a little story, with John Lennon's "Love" as the soundtrack.

We shot the short film and the wedding ceremony/reception and we waited and waited for our video. We got the photography part of our package in reasonable time – though we weren't too happy with how they came out – but a year had past and we still didn't have our video. The guy always had some sort of an excuse. When we finally got the video, I realized how much of a hack he really was.

Besides having no compositional skills, he had no editing skills. In fact, I don't believe he had editing equipment. I think he did the old two VCR dubbing technique because the tape-to-tape generation loss was visible and the edits were just off. For example, the scene where the two of us are running in slow motion toward each other with open arms... the reveal is that we were actually running towards a hot dog cart, not each other (yes, it's a stupid joke). He has us eating the hot dogs but he butchered the shot of us reaching the cart. He cut out early! So it doesn't make sense!! I guess you get what you pay for.

Anyway, I trimmed the fat and re-cut the short film – with the available footage I had to work with – and got it to a place I feel is satisfactory.

Love you Kim!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Inside a Metal Head

I drew this in '85 or '86... the height of my heavy metal years. I remember my dad saying that as I get older my taste in music will change. It was his way of saying the music I listened to was horrible and just a passing phase. He was half right. As I got older I grew to appreciate all types of music. But I still listen to Metallica, Slayer, Motörhead and Black Sabbath on a regular basis.