Ray Markham

Art Director Ray Markham says "hi to all who worked at APC from 1960 TO 1966."  Ray provided a 1963 APC Studio Directory that added a lot of names and job titles to the Personnel Roster.  He also provided some photos listed under Images of APC: European StreetBeyond the CallLate 1940s setAnimation DepartmentSurvivor Set, and Celeste Holm., as well as some excellent views of work on the Main Stage in 1959.

Wow!  What a web site.  So much information.  I need to know if you would like to include some of the civilian workers that I worked with from 1960 to 1966.  (YES!)  I have a studio telephone directory from 1963.

As for me, I was one of the two art directors.  A few people like Fred Hemehead of Scenic & Paint Department and Wally Ketchum (painter) worked in vaudeville, Broadway, feature films, APC.  The supervising art director worked to Cosmopolitan Pictures (Hearst) a long time ago. 

Well, I will write more details later when I hear from you.

I moved back to my home in '66 (Hollywood), and after many movies later was the art director on "Knots Landing" (for 14 years.)

- Ray Markham

Posted December 11, 2002

Ray added:

When I went to work for APC, I was 26 years old.  I was the associate art director for two years.  Then my boss retired, and I was made "art director in charge."  I then hired someone to be associate art director.

One day, as the boss, I realized that the guy I hired as about 15 years older than me.  Then I began looking a litt more carefully at the other supervisors.  I shocked myself by realizing I was the youngest supervisor there.  As I recall, the closest supervisor to my age was 43 years old.  I can't count the number of times people came into the Art Department and started taling to the older guy at a drafting table, and he had to direct the person to me at the other drafting table.  It's only human nature.

Posted July 27, 2003

(Page updated September 16, 2020.)


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