Monday, November 07, 2005

George Gould was the Technical Director of a crew that worked on the Studio One shows at the beginning of the fifties. He had an inventive mind especially the potential and electronic possibilities of this infant medium.
He came up with the idea of electronically matting in the actors to provide the outer space look. He did not provide the technical expertise, but would present the idea to technicians he respected at CBS. The finished products were primitive, but he had the faith to utilize them, perhaps envisioning the high quality computer graphics of today. This doesn't answer your inquiry about "Rod Brown Rocket Ranger", but provides some insight as to how George developed as a pioneer in our business.
In 1958, he purchased 2 brand new AMPEX 1000A videotape machines, 4 GPL cameras, sync generators ,et al, from CBS and ABC. He called his production facility "TELECOLOR PRODUCTIONS", needing only a technical crew, lighting director, stage hands, office staff, etc. He rented space at TIMES SQUARE. He utilized per diem workers and built a staff of full time employees. I was one (leaving CBS) to see where this new fangled VIDEOTAPE would lead. We learned together, laughed at our newness to each other and the challenges this new medium presented. It was a fun time, it was hard work time, it was a sad time when TELESTUDIOS closed its doors in 1965. During that time, George conceived the idea of the first TV COMMERCIAL remote shoot for Kelloggs. He hired Warren Smith and Joe Pytka to develop the optics for GEMINI, the mating of a 16 mm and TV camera to provide any reluctant agency rep who was comfortable in film an exact copy (well CLOSE) of the tape product. Lest we forget, not all stations had tape playback facilities. He used to say, "if we could only get 7% of the filmed commercial income we'll do fine!"
Just a small look at WHAT GEORGE HAS WROUGHT! Were we the first ROCKET RANGERS? He was a true genius. Unfortunately, he passed away some years ago, but recognition has been long due from his colleagues in TV .

Frank Novack