I started Under the Hollywood Sign in February of 2009 to help publicize my documentary of the same name. It soon became far more successful than the film, no doubt because WordPress is free. Though stubbornly unremunerative, my blog has allowed me to explore not only the topics my documentary, but life in Los Angeles, Japanese films and filmmaking in general, and I am glad for it.
Though it wasn’t always apparent to me when I was working on them, my writings and films have a theme: the history of misunderstood places and people. I felt this blog should do the same, though more expansively than was possible in film. More than five years later, I’m amazed at how much research and writing I’ve done on local history, but even more surprised at how much I’ve written about current events in Beachwood. The latter was prompted by the huge increase in tourist traffic to the Hollywood Sign, thanks to GPS and the advent of small tour vans.
For those readers who might be interested in my work, “Under the Hollywood Sign” is available on DVD at www.underthehollywoodsign.com A new DVD, “Peg Entwistle: The Life and Death of an Actress” contains my two short films on the actress and is available at http://hopeandersonproductions.com/?page_id=3361: Coming in the fall of 2014 is a new version of my first documentary, “Jim Thompson, Silk King,” with new narration, additional images and music, and a DVD extra on Thompson’s disappearance.
My two eBooks, On Blade Runner: Four Essays and Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign, both of which contain essays first published here, are available for sale at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other ebooksellers. The multitudes who come to my blog via Internet searches for “Blade Runner” and Peg Entwistle would find satisfaction in them, if they could stand to pay $4.99.