Last year a man by the name of Norman Skul emailed me about working with him on some projects about famous Chicago columnist Mike Royko. He fell in love with my work and wanted me to bring to life some of Mike’s columns as short films.
In December I made the first of these with him in Chicago. A Christmas piece called “Bound with Love”. It was a hard shoot, incredibly cold, tight schedules but we made it and I was due to go to Hawaii to work with him in February for two weeks and again in the summer for a reshoot of “A November Farewell”.
Fellow DP and friend of mine, Tom Guilmette has just passed on the awful news that Norman died from a heart attack in Florida yesterday, he was just 48.
Norman was incredibly passionate about Mike Royko and had decided late in life that he wanted to become a film maker. He had a real vision for Royko and Chicago has been robbed of a wonderful way to remember one it’s most famous sons.
I don’t know if “Bound with Love” will ever be released as he was in rights negotiations about it at the time of his death. I will miss him as he was a kind man and very good to me. We had big plans together and am really shocked right now as I was expecting a call from him yesterday and wondered why I hadn’t heard from him.
Norman, if there is an afterlife am sure you will be sitting in a bar talking over stories with Mike himself, someone you never met in life. My thoughts are with all Norman’s friends and family, especially his parents who have been robbed of a son. Rest in peace Norman.
If you knew Norman at all please leave your thoughts on this page as a memory to him.