Our good friend, Kieth St. Claire of the San Francisco Nieghborhood
Arts Program, said, "Bill, you can shoot your movie in our big
center hall if you want."
Well, that's just what I wanted, and we set to work planning our big
Science Fiction Epic, "Rocket To Mars."
It would be a big send-up of those black-and-white sci-fi flicks of
my childhood, like Flash Gordon, below.
The first days shooting, however, took us to the Fort Mason sand
dunes on the Pacific Ocean beach of San Francisco, dubling in for Cape
Canaveral and our rocket launch pad.
The director is always the one pointing his finger.
The extras got to select their own costumes.
The mighty rocket ship, Fury, is hoisted onto its own ... petard (?).
"Ready for Blast Off, Captain."
The script girl, Betty Wilkenson, makes sure everybody looks great.
The Major General of the Army is ready.
The watchman is on guard in his look-out station.
The soldiers are standing at attention.
"Here they come!"
"Good luck, Captain Buzz!"
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Meanwhile in the big Nieghborhood Arts Center our giant rocket ship interior
is taking shape. Soon all is ready for principle shooting.
Our 8-millimeter camera is one of the smallest ever developed.
Cameraman David De Montluzin would often be lost in the
Our wonderful actors are gave it their all!
I helped our space traveler Sandy with her reaction to seeing
Robbie the Robot's metal penis.
She did a good job.
In the elegant Martian Hotel, I had to coach our spaceman Buzz on
his upcoming sex scene.
Even the Martian hotel maid gets special instructions on how to
discover Buzz and Sandy screwing on the floor and turn out the light.
She got it right away.
In the big "Splendors of Mars" scene, everybody gets in on the action
and has a good time rehearsing their parts.
I made sure the Queen of Mars was ready to make her grand entrance.
She was magnificent, of course!
All that fun we had shooting our movie can clearly be seen in the
wonderful performances of all our talented cast!