During the course of our conversation, Happy shared that this is his first interview after the passing of his brother, to whom the book is dedicated. I would say it covers a good 20 years.
Actually the core group of photographs were from to In the preface you explain your love for the Polaroid, and how it was the first thing you packed to take on-set. But people were like: The book is more a story I want to tell about the life of a set designer. Even though I took many pictures of sets, props and locations, it was what was the behind the scenes that I often found more interesting. Some are while scouting, some are references, and many other things. The title of the book is misleading in that you think you're going to be seeing a lot of pictures of my designs, sets, construction and all of that, when in fact, it's more a journal, a photographic essay if you will, of a year span of my life while traveling the world on film productions.
And about someone who really loves his job and doesn't draw a line between downtime and scouting. It's also a book about getting lost and having strange encounters. For example, can you tell us a little bit about Vila Mimosa? I flew to Rio for a commercial, and got there a few days before the rest of the crew to do some preliminary work.
He kept taking me to samba bars. I love samba, but after the third or fourth bar, I was like okay, enough with samba. Later that night, as we were walking around, we ran into this half homeless guy that he knew, and they start talking in Portuguese and the words Vila Mimosa kept coming up.
I'm like, "What is Vila Mimosa," and he goes, "Oh, you don't want to go there. It's not for tourists. There's no electricity, no nothing.
I see this three legged mongrel hop down the street. Yeah, it was very promising [laughs]. We make a left and there, there were two blocks, completely lit up in the colors of the photographs. Turquoise and oranges, Christmas lights strung everywhere, jukeboxes on the balconies blasting music. In the distance, I see this guy tattooing another guy's back. His inks were laid out on a working Pacman machine laying on its side. At one point, the tattoo guy senses me behind him, he turns around and looks up. He has a patch over his eye.
It was right out of a David Fincher movie. Basically, Vila Mimosa was a street a couple blocks long, with prostitutes but just for locals. I was the only gringo there. It didn't feel sleezy though. Girls were sitting on mens laps, were laughing and everyone seemed to be having a good time. There was a great vibe about the place, maybe because nothing was out in the open. I did take a picture of one of the rooms they would used to fuck in, and it was pretty depressing and gross, but there was still something about this street, these two blocks that felt safe and magical.
Oh, and there was also this one guy walking around with a stack of clothes in his arms that the girls buy off of him.
Old t-shirts strategically torn, super short cut offs, stringy apparel. It was all his own fashion. The girls modeled it form him. It felt like a great party. It was in Chicago doing a Nike commercial with the director Mark Romanek. We built this set within the United Center, so it's not a real gym. The late Harris Savides was the cinematographer, and his sets were always beautifully lit.
I just caught this moment of Michael Jordan, by himself, sitting, pensive on the end of a bench press. I just walked in to the room with other people in it doing their own thing, found this angle, got on my knees, took the picture, and then just walked away.
Fabien decided to put the wider shot in as well next to it. I was doing this job with a dear friend of mine, Jake Scott Ridley Scott's son.
We were doing this music video for Blind Melon, a sort of grunge-rock band, from New Orleans. The singer was Shannon Hoon. I remember my assistant saying at one point, "This guy is not going to live through the end of the year. Jake wanted a sorcerer in the video, and he got Leary to do it. It's like the day I had the opportunity to work with David Lynch. It's one of those very rare moments, but thats another story… The pictures of Timothy Leary were actually continuity pictures as the set was fairly involved with a lot of moving parts. It was a science lab.
He was such an icon, an underground celebrity of the counter culture, the man who invented L. I feel very lucky to have met him, and have him in my book. Oh, the airplane crash. That's a movie set, but not one I designed. I was scouting with a director and a producer and I'll never forget, we were driving through Malibu Creek on these winding roads in and out of coves.
At one point we go around a bend and Michael the director and I see this plane crashed into the side of the mountain. Our producer Jim didn't notice it. I remember saying to the producer, "Hey Jim, is there an airport around here?
The tone of the conversation was so matter of fact it was pretty funny. I think you had to be there in the car with us. Paperback , pages. Published December 10th by Despoina Publishing first published December 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Diary of Mimosa Creek has 9 ratings and 2 reviews. Michaela said: This, as mentioned earlier, is not a feel good story. It's not happy, or pretty. My mom. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. E.M. Knowles lives in historic Cook County, GA with a Look inside this book. Diary of Mimosa Creek by [Knowles, E.M.].
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This, as mentioned earlier, is not a feel good story. It's not happy, or pretty. My mom would hate it. This is a dark er book, with a headfirst descent into insanity, one that I appreciate as feeling very real, mostly due to the inability to track the main character's fall in any incremental way.
Is she mad, is she high, is she completely sober and telling God's own truth? The setting is historically interesting, and based on my hands-on experience with Georgia history, seems pretty This, as mentioned earlier, is not a feel good story. The setting is historically interesting, and based on my hands-on experience with Georgia history, seems pretty accurate.
The lonely Civil War era lends itself well to strange happenings and decisions, and once you get caught up in unraveling the threads to get to the bottom of things, you won't be able to put it down. An absolutely riveting book, nothing less than I'd expect from E. Mar 25, Amanda Johns rated it it was amazing. This is a powerful story that follows a woman's battle with herself as she struggles with the harsh realities of a difficult and desperate time.
The main character is complex yet relateable. This is not a feel good story. It's packed with emotion and many twists and turns. As you read the personal journal entries you can sense the slide into insanity but its not always clear if its her choices or circumstance that are the contributing factors - and that adds to both the mystery and the intrigue.
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