Monday, October 17, 2016

RIP Ted V. Mikels

RIP Ted V. Mikels

October 16, 2016

Remembering Ted V Mikels....a very independant film maker and mentor

Ted V Mikels passed away while in home hospice at 8 AM this morning (10-16-2016). The world has lost a filmmaker who broke all the rules and had fun doing it, with a long string of B movies in the horror, adventure and science fiction realm. While still in LA on SAG-AFTRA union busness, I am saddened and am finding it hard to concentrate. We met Ted through PAVCA (the Professonal Audio Visual Communication Association) of which I was president in the mid to late 1980's. When Laura and I visited Ted last Thursday he pointed to the trophy PAVCA awarded him with great pride. I had the honor of being his Script Supervisor and Continuity on one and a half films, relearning how to splice 35mm film and stripe sound in the days before computers. Back then Ted paid us every week for our work. Since I am union I never acted in one of his films but did watch him teach actors, crew and anyone who would work with him, the art of filmmaking.

God bless you Ted Mikels.

He always wore his large tooth around his neck, kept his house decorated in a Norse tradition and wanted to finance his opus, "Beowulf". Never did that, but has made sure his most recent film is completed by another filmmaker editor.

I am saddened, as Ted was a part of our younger days, party days, for PAVCA and at Arnie Bartz's home and studio.

MIKELS, Ted V. (Theodore Mikacevich)
Born: 4/29/1929, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/16/2016, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Ted V. Mikels’ westerns – stuntman, actor:
The Indian Fighter – 1955 [stuntman]
Oregon Passage – 1957 [stuntman]
Tonka – 1958 [stuntman]
Planetfall – 2005 (President Arch Stanton)

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