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How did you
end up being a Production Assistant and Location Manager?
I started off house painting. I landed my first job in film after
painting the house of a high school teacher I really respected. He recommended
me to an Industrial-films/Army, Navy, Marines films producer. I agreed to paint
his house for $80.00 per week if he'd teach me film… and he did. Then, later,
because I had family in the business, I got a bit of a kick start into dramatic
films. It was a great help that I had sumkinda background from the first film
jobs. That's how I got into film. As to the specific jobs, that's a long, boring
How did you get the assignment to be a Production
Assistant for Escape From New York?
I was friends with Jeffrey Chernov, the 2nd Assistant Director but it was
Larry Franco, the 1st AD/Producer that gave me the shot. I will always be
grateful to those two.
What exactly did you do as a Production Assistant
on the movie?
Everything. Prepared the initial call sheets and production reports,
called actors to & from the set, set background action. Even doubled for Kurt on
one night of 2nd unit filming.
How was the
experience working on the movie?
It was tough but I loved it.
What's your favorite memory or memories of working
on the movie?
Those are not memories for public consumption.
What do you think of the movie
Always loved it.
What are you currently doing and what do you enjoy
doing in your spare time?
Right now, working on re-shoots of the Nicholas Sparks movie The
Choice. I play guitar and have written some songs.
Thank you for your time, Geoffrey.
Photo By Kim Gottlieb-Walker/Provided
By Geoffrey Ryan