Now that my house is back to normal, I want to catch up on the all things I have been doing for the past month.

Shoot #1:  Three weeks ago, I traveled to Los Angeles to shoot some commercials for AIDS Day (December 1st). We filmed near Santa Clara in a fantastic location, an entire Mexican village that was built just to be used as a set. It has a half-dozen streets lined with bars and churches and various hovels, all uninhabited and weathered in the hot California sun. I’ve used it as a stand in for West Africa twice now.

The new sherriff in town.

The town doctor.

Filming in our traditional African village. Tortillas on the side.

My limo awaits.

Back in LA, we shot in an abandoned hospital which was still full of equipment and supplies. It was like something from “The Walking Dead,” and filled me with an eerie feeling that resurfaced during last week’s power outage in New York.

This emergency room needs an emergency room.

Spell check. Stat!

I napped in here.

This left me in stitches.

A good subject for a drawing.

The shoot went very smoothly (I’ll post a link to the commercials when they’re done) and then I flew back to New York and immediately went into production for another client, shooting around the city and environs. More on that in my next post…


  1. Darlene K Campbell

    Ahh, I want to do this too. (Captive photos)

  2. Jane LaFazio

    love the update, thanks! and glad you’ve got electricity again.

  3. pollyw

    I love behind the scenes stuff! Why is the hospital abandoned with all of the equipment in there — is it always used for tv shows?

  4. judyblankenship

    Are these polaroids, or, if not, how do you get the square format?

  5. Priscilla Read

    Beautiful photos. Love this captions and humor that call attention to a serious issue. I look forward to seeing the AIDS day commercial. Thank you for doing this!

  6. Nikita

    The “new sherriff ” looks great/fit! So glad to hear from the single person I “know” in NY!
    Looking forward for more posts and for your books too!!!!

  7. Brenda Swenson

    Great photos, Danny! I can’t wait to see the commercial.
    Sounds like you were at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita. The area is often used for Westerns. There is an old street with a jail, saloon, general store… Every Spring Melody Ranch comes to life for three days. People wander the streets in authentic western attire, the stores, restaurants, post office are open. I have had more fun sketching there.
    Next time you are in my neck of the woods you are more than welcome to join us for a home cooked meal.
    Happy Sketching!

  8. Joyce

    Great stuff! The hospital is creepy…surely, you did NOT really nap in that operating room :P You are looking fit and trim…good for you!

  9. broworkshop sketching

    These scenarios are really impressive! I felt a cool on my skin seeing the stitching ropes don’t know why.
    Looking further to see one of your sketches on the cameraman…

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