John Boorman for his personal vision and artistry: Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, The Tailor of Panama, The General.
Mario Bava for his endless visual ingenuity and defiance of everyday logic. And for making his dreams his cinema: Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, The Whip and the Body, Lisa and the Devil, Operazione Paura.
Ken Russell for his use of music and his madness: Women in Love, The Devils, Crimes of Passion, The Music Lovers, Mahler, Altered States.
Bill Forsyth for Local Hero - the perfect assemblage of art and heart.
Ennio Morricone for his lifelong search for the poetry in every emotion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Mission, Once Upon a Time in America, Danger! Diabolik & hundreds more.
Queen for their explosive, logic defying spirit, their sonics and their attention to every detail: A Night at the Opera, Queen II, Killer Queen, Innuendo.
Harry Nilsson for his humor, his fragility, heart. And his voice: Aerial Ballet, Duit on Mon Dei, That’s the Way it is, Knnillssonn, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night.
James Needs ~ the first editor I ever noticed. A prolific, deft craftsman.
Craig McKay for his transparent, unimpeachable mastery of the art.
Ralph Rosenblum for his work, his invention... but especially for his book -- When the Shooting Stops. It made me want to become an editor.
My Classmates and Professors from the University of Bridgeport Film Studies Program. They are and have always been an inspiration to get out there and just... do it.
➨ Follow this link to see Exploration on the Cheap, a film I made in 1981 as a student at the University of Bridgeport. It chronicles the last days of The Reactors, a notorious NY-based punk rock band.