Student Film Projects


Note: Jim Morrison & Ray Manzarek took part but are not credited in fellow classmate film projects.

HISTORY & EVENTS:


JIM MORRISON:

-Graduated from George Washington Sr. High, in Alexandria, VA in 1961.
-Enrolled at St. Petersburg Jr. College in Florida for the 1961-1962 academic year.
-Transferred to FSU for 1962-1963, studying sociology.
-Attended Werner Vagt's cinematography course, and majored in theater at FSU from 1963 to early 1964
-Arrested on September 28th, 1963 at Doak Campbell Stadium for "disturbing the peace by being drunk" and attempting to steal a police umbrella and riot helmet.
-Photographed while performing as Gus in Harol Pinter's 'The Dumbwaiter' on December 5th and 6th, 1963.
-Transferred to UCLA in early 1964.
-Directs a short film titled 'A Feast Of Friends' in early 1965.
-Appears on-stage with 'Rick & The Ravens' for contractual obligations, but does not perform.
-Graduated film school at UCLA in mid-1965.
-Forms an early version of 'The Doors' with Ray Manzarek in the summer of 1965.
-Returns to UCLA in December 1965 to perform with The Doors during a student film screening event.

RAY MANZAREK:

-Graduated from St. Rita Sr. High in Chicago, IL in 1956.
-Attended DePaul University in Chicago from 1956-1960, studying economics and business.
-Enrolled at UCLA for the 1960-1961 academic year, aspiring to study law.
-Studied film at UCLA from late 1961, graduating in 1965.
-Directs and parttakes as an actor in four short films while attending film school.
-Performs in groups known as 'The UCLA Trio' and 'Rick & The Ravens'.
-Forms an early version of 'The Doors' with Jim Morrison in the summer of 1965.
-Returns to UCLA in December 1965 to perform with The Doors during a student film screening event.

1965 STUDENT FILM SCREENING PROGRAM:

Contributed By: jim4371


In December 1965, The Doors give one of their earliest live performances as a newly formed group during a student film screening event at UCLA's Royce Hall Auditorium. Titled 'Op, Pop & Kicky Flicks', the screenings include an 8 minute film by Ray Manzarek known as 'Who and Where I Live' during which The Doors perform an instrumental soundtrack while the audience watches. This rare and original program profiles many of the films, including Ray's 'Who and Where I Live', 'Patient 411: A Progress Report', a film crediting Jim Morrison with cinematography, and 'Five Situations For Camera, Recorder and People', a film by Alex Prisadsky that credits Jim Morrison with sound. Click HERE to watch 'Five Situations For Camera, Recorder and People' right here on MildEquator.com!


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JIM MORRISON:



FSU: TOWARD A GREATER UNIVERSITY


FSU Public Relations Project

FILM BY: Jim Morrison/Gerry McClain
DATE: Late 1963 - Possibly Early 1964
LOCATION: FSU - Tallahassee - FL
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 15:00+
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

This black and white footage was shot in 1963 while Jim Morrison is attending Werner Vagt's cinematography course for the small film school department at FSU, and re-discovered in the FSU archives in 2005. The film was intended for broadcast on WFSU, a University station sponsored by PBS, and titled 'Toward a Greater University' after former FSU President Robert M. Strozier's goal to make "Florida State a great university". The footage gives a rare, early glimpse of an almost unrecognizable Jim Morrison before his days with The Doors.

     < Click Here To See an early photograph of Jim Morrison in Harold Pinter's 'The Dumbwaiter'!

FSU PROJECT


Unknown FSU Project

FILM BY: Jim Morrison
DATE: xx/xx/1963
LOCATION: FSU - Tallahassee - FL
COLOR: Unknown
LENGTH: Unknown
FORMAT: Unknown
AUDIO: Unknown


Info:

Another 8mm film project is reported to have been made while Jim Morrison attended FSU, although the whereabouts of this film are unknown. It appears likely that Jim was involved with multiple film projects while attending FSU that no longer exist, or have yet to be identified by researchers. This 8mm film listed here supposedly features 'guys peeking around bushes' and other obscure scenes shot by Jim.

FIRST LOVE


First Love

FILM BY: Max Schwartz
DATE: xx/xx/1964
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Silent




Info:

This silent color film was said to have been shot in 1964, but may have been shot in early 1965. Jim Morrison does not make an appearance in this film, however he is said to be responsible for the camerawork. No credits are given. The original 16mm film is still owned by Max Schwartz, who also stars in the production.

UCLA PROJECT


UCLA Project

FILM BY: Jim Morrison
DATE: 03/13/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

16mm film directed by Jim Morrison in the spring of 1965. In a later interview, Jim Morrison discusses his time at UCLA and his short film he claims was titled 'A Feast of Friends'. Although portions of this project were shown in Oliver Stone's 'The Doors', the film was in fact a re-creation that Ray Manzarek claims was very similar to the original project. Many searches, including one by Oliver Stone himself, have been conducted through UCLA's archives in an attempt to find the film, however nothing has surfaced.

Upon completion of the project in 1965, Jim screens the finished work for his classmates and head of the motion picture division Ed Brokaw who scolds Jim for failing to properly assemble together strips of film. In later years, Ed Brokaw expressed that Jim had 'finally done it', referring to his success as an artist. For more details on the history and creation of this film, see Alex Prisadsky's comments in the listing below.

FIVE SITUATIONS FOR CAMERA, RECORDER AND PEOPLE


Five Situations For Camera, Recorder and People

FILM BY: Alex Prisadsky
DATE: 03/20/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 6:43
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Jim Morrison is credited with sound in this 16mm, black & white film by Alex Prisadsky. Various portions of the original audio soundtrack recordings are used in the film, however several portions were re-recorded by the director for the final cut. A very special thanks to Alex Prisadsky for sharing his comments here on MildEquator.com!

"Jim Morrison was the sound man on my first student film at UCLA. I asked a bunch of the crew and my friends at the housing coop where I lived to wear dark suits for the film - Jim didn't have one. That was one reason I asked him to be the sound recordist. The other was that he had shown a remarkable affinity for sound. 6 or 7 of us were in a group that took turns crewing for each other's films on successive Saturdays, in the Spring of 1965. Jim had shot part of his film the previous Saturday, in which we all played a noisy audience. A stag film we were watching broke and the screen was white with projector light. As the sounds of protest escalated, some of us made shadow puppets on the screen and yelled even louder. He had us repeat this for many takes. The experience made us literally high and influenced me to try to create that kind of crowd chaos, in my own way, in my film the next week.

In 'Five Situations', Jim's job was to record sound to go with each scene after filming of the scene was completed (the film was not shot in sync sound). For instance, after the bottle breaking scene, he had someone break some more bottles so he could mic it closely. Maddeningly, many of the bottles were bouncing instead of breaking. After awhile I yelled 'cut', but he insisted on more bottle smashes until he got what he wanted. After we finished shooting all the picture takes of the bathroom scene, we did another run through for sound. Jim decided he wanted to be in the mob, not outside it, during the jostling. He stood in the middle of the group in what was essentially a mosh pit, recording the concussions as well as everything else. When I was editing the film, I decided to try slowing down the sound to see how it "worked". The scene worked much better with the sound slowed down this way, so I transferred it and put it in. I did the same with the bottle breaking scene.

Long digression: The concept of judging an edit on whether it 'worked' or not, yes or no, black or white, was introduced to us by Edgar Brokaw. He taught the advanced editing class and the script writing class that both Jim and I took. He was to have been the advisor for our Saturday Workshop group. (Due to his illness, another professor took over.) Brokaw was harshly critical of Jim's film at the student screening because Jim had failed to 'double splice' his edits and they wouldn't go through the projector (ironically, much like the broken stag film in his project). For all that, Brokaw was among the few on the faculty who respected Jim's talent. I remember seeing Brokaw years later, probably the early 70's; he had a big poster of Jim with The Doors on the wall of his office. He said something like "Jim made it work", meaning he found a way to turn his vision into art."

Alex Prisadsky
http://www.Prisadsky.net
Copyright © 2011 Alex Prisadsky

A Special thanks to Alex Prisadsky for his contribution to this page! To watch 'Five Situations For Camera, Recorder and People', please visit http://www.prisadsky.net or click HERE to watch the film on MildEquator.com!

Screenings:

12/10-19/1965 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA (Exact Screening Dates Unknown)

PATIENT 411: A PROGRESS REPORT


Patient 411

FILM BY: Ronald Raley
DATE: 03/xx/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 9:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Described as "A faux case study of a male hustler, produced by the 'California Institute of Neuropsychiatry'" by UCLA, this student film by Ronald Raley credits 'J. Morrison' onscreen. His apparent role in the film is that of a cameraman and partial director. This film lies in the UCLA archives and is occasionally shown at public events.


RAY MANZAREK:



THE WINO AND THE BLIND MAN


The Wino & The Blind Man

FILM BY: Jose Gonzalez
DATE: xx/xx/1964
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 14:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Ray's first appearance on film. This is fellow UCLA film student Jose Gonzalez's 1964 student film, titled 'The Wino and the Blind Man'. Niko Kopp plays the wino, and Ray plays the part of the blindman.

Screenings:

05/21-22/1965 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA (Exact Screening Dates Unknown)

EVERGREEN


Evergreen

FILM BY: Ray Manzarek - 'Raymond D. Manczarek'
DATE: xx/xx/1964
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 12:32
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Ray's UCLA student film from 1964, starring Dorothy Fujikawa, and Henry Crismonde (aka Hank Olguin). At the start of The Doors career, Hank allowed the group to use his piano and living room for their very first rehearsal in September of 1965. The Whisky A Go-Go can be seen in this film, two years before The Doors make their performance debut at that venue in 1966. An artist by the name of 'Billy Lee Riley' is performing at the Whisky during this time period, and in very early 1965 a live-at-the-Whisky album is released, indicating that this student film was likely shot in late 1964. The first known UCLA Screenings take place between May 21st and 22nd, 1965. This film was officially released on the 'Collection' DVD.

Screenings:

05/21-22/1965 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA (Exact Screening Dates Unknown)
01/06/1968 - Cinema Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

INDUCTION


Induction

FILM BY: Ray Manzarek - 'Raymond D. Manczarek'
DATE: 04/xx/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 15:04
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Ray's second U.C.L.A. film shot during the spring semester in 1965. A showing of 'Evergreen' can be seen in this film, as well as Jim Morrison and fellow classmate Paul Ferrara who appear briefly in the party scene. Also shown is the 'Lucky U Cafe', a UCLA student hangout where The Doors would later enjoy meals. UCLA student film screenings are scheduled to take between May 13th and May 28th, 1966. This film was officially released on the 'Collection' DVD. Click HERE to see a screenshot featuring Jim Morrison's appearance.

Screenings:

05/13-14,20,22,27-28/1966 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA (Exact Screening Dates Unknown)
09/11/1971 - Cinema Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

WHO AND WHERE I LIVE


Induction

FILM BY: Ray Manzarek - 'Raymond D. Manczarek'
DATE: xx/xx/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: Color
LENGTH: 8:00
FORMAT: 8mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

'Who And Where I Live' is an 8-minute, 8mm color design film by 'Raymond D. Manczarek' featuring Dorothy Fujikawa. At UCLA's Royce Hall, the project was used as a stage film in which The Doors are said to perform a musical 'soundtrack' while the audience watches on. Known UCLA screenings of this film presumably take place on December 10th and 11th, 1965 with The Doors providing music, but may have been shown on later dates (December 17th, 18th and 19th). This film has never seen an official release.

Screenings:

12/10/1965 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA
12/11/1965 - UCLA Royce Hall Auditorium - Westwood, CA


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THE END OF SUMMER - PAUL FERRARA


End Of Summer

FILM BY: Paul Ferrara
DATE: xx/xx/1964
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 15:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

A UCLA student film by The Doors official photographer and 'Feast Of Friends' director Paul Ferrara. This film starred Richard Blackburn and Jeannie Appel.

Les angeS Dorment - FELIX VENABLE


Les angeS Dorment

FILM BY: Felix Venable
DATE: xx/xx/1965
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&w/Color
LENGTH: 9:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

Properly titled 'Les angeS Dorment', this UCLA student film by Felix Venable was shot in 1965. Jim Morrison is thought to have taken part in the production of this film, however details are unknown. Mary Morhoff is also credited along with Felix. The film is described as "A series of vignettes set to varying scores are exemplified by highly refined and intuitive camerawork and editing. This influential film is intensely and quietly psychedelic, suggestive of acid experiences and a shifting sense of fragmented consciousness."

"I remember Felix telling stories about his years of living in Berkeley, attending U.C. Berkeley and then driving a bus for a living. Felix was an undergraduate transfer into UCLA. A great storyteller. Also a consummate bullshitter. Two personality traits that worked well together in Felix. He has been mythologized as Mephistopheles to Jim's Faust. Maybe so, but life is always more complicated than a literary analogy. There was a third running buddy in those UCLA film school and (drug fueled) post-UCLA film school adventures - Phil O'leno. Phil's still alive, somewhere in Northern California. Felix had applied to, and been accepted into the UCLA Film School Graduate Program, beginning in the fall of 1970, when he died of stomach cancer on November 14th, 1970."

By David Thompson, UCLA Film School Graduate & Hollywood Bowl Cameraman

A Special Thanks to David for providing his commentary to MildEquator.com!

ZEN MASTER - FRANK LISCIANDRO


Induction

FILM BY: Frank Lisciandro
DATE: xx/xx/1966
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 3:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

A UCLA student film by Frank Lisciandro, friend and photographer of The Doors. This film is said to have been shot in 1966 and runs at 3 minutes.

CALL IT COLLAGE '66 - NETTIE PENA


Induction

FILM BY: Nettie Pena
DATE: xx/xx/1967
LOCATION: UCLA - Los Angeles - CA
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 13:00
FORMAT: 16mm
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

A UCLA student film by Nettie Pena that includes recordings and photographs of The Doors from their first performance at the London Fog. Original screening programs describe this film as "An advanced design project". Nettie's 1965 film is titled 'Cum Joyn Us' and another 1966 film is titled 'The Wonderful World Of Wigs'.