Boulevard of Broken Dreams
I was back at my Hollywood go to and then it was back to Venice.
Over the Hill
I grew up in the Valley and didn't love it. In fact I left as soon as I could. However I still have friends and memories out there. So I made a day of it.
History for Hire
One of the reasons I made the trip out to LA was to revisit the prop houses and studios that used to be my homes away from home as it were. I had hoped to knock out two birds with the whole work thing, and while I did get to work at a one of the more historic studios in Hollywood, it wasn't one that was so relevant to my personal journey, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal all had significance to me and I would have liked to visit each of them, however that was not meant to be or at least it became obvious to me that the effort it would take given how little time I had left was not worth it.
That said, I decided to head over to one of my favorite prop-houses, History for Hire. It's like a beautiful museum and one of the owners Pam has always had a soft spot for me and I for her.
She helped me with a homeschool field trip, also a huge support when I was deeply involved with SDSA (Set Decorator Society of America) and just an overall wonderful person.
Was she there when I went to visit?
Of course not.
But I wandered around and took a ton of pictures.
I forgot about the amazing resources available to filmmakers in Los Angeles.
SDSA lives in this wonderful prop-house.
I have spent many a night at meetings there. One reason I managed to make it there was that it was right around the corner from History for Hire, yet another reminder of the amazing infrastructure that exists in Hollywood...at least for now.
Deep in the Valley
After my prop house visits and the decision not to hit Universal and WB, I met up with a dear friend and then cruised down Ventura Blvd., checked out the house I grew up in, where I went to High School, and eventually went out to sushi with another long-time friend, at a restaurant I'd been going to since I was a kid, for like 30 years.
That's the name of the restaurant
For all practical purposes that was the end of my LA Tour.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.