Sunday, March 31, 2019

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Hervé Lavandier

Hervé Lavandier was born in France on May 8, 1945. His film career as a composer started with his score for the French film “La passerelle” (1988) directed by Jean-Claude Sussfeld. Since then  he’s contributed scores for over 35 films and TV series.

He was the composer for 4 animated Euro-westerns 

LAVANDIER, Hervé [French] – composer, musician (piano, keyboards).
The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (TV) – 2001 (co)
Yakari (TV) – 2005-2014
Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure – 2007
The Daltons (TV) – 2010

Special Birthdays

Tina Pica (actress) would have been 135 today she died in 1968.

Heinz Geitz (composer) would have been 95 today, he died in 1989.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

RIP Paloma Cela

Veteran Spanish theater, film and television actress Paloma Cela died in La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain on Saturday March 30, 2019, She turned 76 on March 4th of this year. Born  María Luisa Cela Molinero, she began her career as a model of leading figures such as Balenciaga or Asunción Bastida, before making the leap to film with Ozores in films such as “Operación Secretaria” (1966) and “Operación cabaretera” (1967) ), both with José Luis López Vázquez and Gracita Morales. Her relationship with the Madrid director would be extensive and would lead her to participate in other titles such as “Operation Mata Hari” (1968) or “Objective: bi-ki-ni” (1969).  Cela also acted along with other directors like Giulio Petroni “Terepa ... Viva la revolución”, (1969), Basilio Martín Patino “Del amor y otros soledades”, (1969), Robert Parrish “A Town Called Hell, (1971) and more recently, Santiago Segura “Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella”, (2001).

French students shoot a short Western fiction in Oasys Mini Hollywood in Tabernas

Vocational students CFA / UFA of the IUT of Beziers with the collaboration of the University of Montpellier and the region of Occitania record this film.

Diario de Almeria
By D. Martínez
March 18, 2019

The CFA / UFA professional training center of the IUT of Beziers with the collaboration of the University of Montpellier and the Region of Occitania, is filming a film in Oasys MiniHollywood.

The students of the Professional Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Internet (MMI) trades have moved from the vicinity of Montpellier in France, to Oasys MiniHollywood in Tabernas to complete their practical project, after having prepared themselves in the training center.

Two professional actors have joined the project in a totally altruistic way, to motivate these young students, all of them aged between 18 and 20 years, to promote this new formation that will help them in their academic future.

Most want to work as audiovisual technicians, sound and image, special effects, etc. The main idea is to give them the chance to see all the theory learned, applied in a real professional environment, using the practical resources that the Oasys Mini Hollywood park offers them, with professional specialists working daily, negotiating with the professionals who will work, and use the resources they have in the most effective way.

Oasys Mini Hollywood offered the optimal conditions to develop this project, adapting to the needs of the educational center, providing professional resources of clothing, logistics, responding with a great involvement in the project, so that these young people would give the best of themselves and get involved in greater measure in the development of this educational project, which perhaps later will be useful for new sponsors to get involved and allow the next students to carry out a more ambitious practical project.

The project is focused on a post-apocalyptic environment, on a Western desert stage, with few people, and they will film a fiction short film in our facilities. To complete the project as well as filming the short, interviews will be carried out with professionals from the sector in Almeria and with teachers specializing in the environment.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ “The Big Gundown”

We continue our search for film locations for “The Big Gundown”. After Brokston’s death Corbett turns to the Don who declares enough blood has been shed and rides off with his men. Corbett and Cuchillo saddle off and ride off with Corbett riding north and Cuchillo going south. 

The final scene was filmed in the sand dunes of Cabo de Gato, Spain

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations