Film documentarian Damon Molloy is seen here with artist G. Mark Mulleian.
Film documentarian Damon Molloy is seen here with Mark Mulleian surveying land's end at
San Francisco's Sutro Park for the dramatic sunset scene which ends the documentary.
San Franciscos Sutro Park, a place of solitude to collect his thoughts and reflect under the stars. Many of Mulleian’s known paintings were conceived here, paintings such as The Orphan, Dies Irae and Atlantean Pharaoh.
Now after thirty years Dirksen – Molloy Productions completed one of the most dynamic and comprehensive biographical television documentaries on Mulleian to date, entitled "An Artist's View". Noted author Leonard Roy Frank brings together an insightful profile of the artist and his work in an interview in which he talks about Mulleian and public reaction to the artist and his works. And Paul Deegan, author of "Analysis and Revue of an Artist's Work", introduces Mulleian’s paintings, starting with a cosmic explosion through a time portal, with the 1987 work entitled Dies Irae.
The piece is narrated by legendary Jazz vocalist-songwriter and singer Faith Winthrop, is featured here in an explosive, dramatic Gallery sequence, unfolded by her elegant voice, unlocking the story behind Mulleian’s paintings.
Promoter Dirk Dirksen discovered Mulleians work in 1974 and invited the artist as a special guest, along with Melvin Belli, for an interview on the San Francisco Viacom Cablevision weekly newsmagazine, which started off a thirty-year relationship in the artist career.
Damon Molloy is seen here with Mark Mulleian surveying Land's End at San Francisco's Sutro Park for the dramatic sunset scene, which ends the documentary.
This was one of the most difficult and unpredictable shots for any filmmaker to take on. Impressive sunsets are strictly in the domain of nature and no one else, particularly when you are shooting in a part of the world were they don’t often occur.
After months of waiting for the right time of the season and weather conditions, the Dirksen-Molloy crew finally headed out to capture this climactic sunset shot to be used for the dramatic scene which ends “An Artist View”. The scene was shot from the pavilion were once Sutro’s house stood, looking out over the Pacific Ocean below Sutro Park. The crew waited three hours in anticipation of a break in the fog and right lighting conditions. Molloy adjusts his camera. As the evening begins to glow from a shifting sun and the ocean begins to shimmer in amber sparks and opening skies flood the water’s surface with intensifying light. Within an hour clouds part to unveil one of the rarest west cost sunsets captured on film, radiating into an ever-deepening golden crescendo. The waiting paid off.