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18 C I N E M O N T A G E U N I O N M A D E By Doug Drake A lthough I grew up in the Flori- da Keys, I was born in San Diego at the Balboa Naval Hospital (my father was in the Navy). For a short time, we lived on Coronado Island, then San- ta Monica and Huntington Beach. When my grandparents bought a Florida motel in 1972, we drove cross-country to start a new life. Marathon, Florida was a great place to KEYS TO SUCCESS HE GREW UP IN FLORIDA, BUT THE LURE OF FILMMAKING DREW THE AUTHOR BACK TO CALIFORNIA live if you liked the outdoors (sport fishing, scuba diving, boating). I really enjoyed living in the Keys (played a lot of sports plus other activities), but I missed California. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Florida. I first wanted to be an architect, then changed to journal- ism. At college, I started watching lots of movies on the big screen and stayed up late watching old movies and TV shows. I became interested in film production and moviemaking sounded like a fascinating career, so I transferred to the University of South Carolina and began classes in script writing, sound recording, film production, and video editing. I made a bunch of 16mm and 8mm mov- ies and even a music video. I got so good at operating the equipment that the school's Department of Media Services hired me Doug Drake.

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