Daniel Haim creative director / design-gineer
Daniel Haim creative director / design-gineer
Palette #2

Here is a recent collection of colors I’ve been using in my designs. To view the full selection, head over to http://www.danielhaim.com/palette.


“Journey To The Unknown”, a 16-Year-Old Steven Spielberg’s Desert Film Club Production

Over the weekend I visited a local antique/furniture store where I purchased this [film] play bill  - a “Desert Film Club Production” titled “Journey To The Unknown”. The play was produced in 1963 by Ernest G. Sauer and features Special Effects by nonetheless a 16-year-old Steven Spielberg. It is said that this is the third film the club has made.

Here are some photos from the play bill, I will transcribe the words right below each photograph.

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Page 2: “The Desert Film Club was fortunate to have so many talented teenagers come forward to help produce this movie. They came from many schools throughout the valley and all love film making. Journey To The Unknown is the third movie the club has made and I believe it is the best so far.”

Many teenagers who join want to be actresses or actors–but there are others who are willing to work on costumes, sets, story, script, photography, make-up, sound, editing and office work.

I learned that producing pictures is more than playing with a camera and film. Its getting people to show up on time, keeping accurate files, making time tables, finding supporters and places to work, and keeping the peace between the serious workers and those who just show up to fool around. Its endless typing and telephoning, balancing a checking account and cleaning up the mess after every one has gone home.

We gave the profits from two previous films to The United Fund. If we make a profit on JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN we will buy a sound movie camera and projector (we hope!)

Page 3: Produced and direct by Ernest G. Sauer. Since 1957 Ernest Sauer has been active in the production of motion pictures on the teenage level. In his first effort, he got a few kids together and made a western called “Planning For Gold,” the running time of which was about 1 minute, 45 seconds. Then followed a three year period during which he started three difference pictures, and for one reason or another (lack of funds, manpower, stories), they were never finished.

In the summer of 1961, Ernest had a few friends over for the afternoon, and the conversation somehow got around to movies. He told his friends about his unfinished movies, and suggested that they spend part of the summer making a picture that would be finished. Thus was the Desert Film Club born.

After the 15 minute “Our Protector” was finished and released, the club went on to new things. Ernest directed the next picture, “The Fortune Teller,” which was produced during 1961-1962. The public liked “The Fortune Teller,” so the Club decided on another picture, “Journey To The Unknown.” Ernest directed this one also, and in addition, did quite a bit of photography. Besides being the moving force behind the Desert Film Club, Ernest is active in magic and high school drama. He has appeared on television and at various valley functions as a magician, and works lights for drama productions at Camelback High School, where he is a Senior.


Page 13: (Bottom page) “Steve has a question to ask Ernie as the set is built.”


Page 7: The magic of motion pictures is all in the rehearsal and drill. Our best scenes are those which were rehearsed and shot over and over. The sound which you hear in our movie is the result of hundreds of hours of hard work. Correlating the music, dubbing lost and missing sound, even operating and positioning the sound boom in the first place come under this category. The music you hear was not just first choice. We listened to dozens of pieces before we got just the right ones. But before we could even start on music and other sound, Ernest Sauer did the monumental task of editing.

Because we are all amateurs and our picture is not perfect, his material was hard to work with, but he did a wonderful job. All in all, seeing my story become a reality has been a real thrill to me, as week after week we faced the problems that threatened to down us. I am proud to belong to a club that spends its time creating, unlike many teenagers who find pleasure in destruction or idleness.


Page 9: “STEVE SPIELBERG plays Ray Gammar. Also a student at Arcadia, he has appeared in all the school plays, and plans to be a motion picture producer with Universal-International.


Page 12: Credits: Credits Page include: Ernest G. Sauer (Producer), Marsha D. Williams (Makeup), Richard Desman (Photography), Steve Spielberg (Special Effects), Myrna Williams (Associate Director, Film Editor Sound), Monica Lowe (Costumes), Lee Loudy (Actor), Haven Petrers (Actor), Roger Sheer (Actor), Penny Goeman (Actress), Sally Pickert (Actress), Rosemary Thornton (Actress), Sherri McFate,(Actress) Valerie Thornton (Actress), Donna Windhorst (Actress).


Five Useful js Snippets

Broken Images

Fix all broken images on your site by replacing the ones that receive an error with a sample one.
For fallback purposes I’ve added .broken-image class which you can utilize to display:none; in your stylesheet.

	$(this).attr('src', 'img/broken.png').addClass('broken-image');


Simple to understand. After your browser scrolls past 170px from the top, add a class to the body, otherwise, remove it.

$(function () {
    $(window).scroll(function () {
    var t = $(window).scrollTop();
        if (t >= 170) {
        else {

Toggle between two functions

var count = 0;
$("#time").click(function() {
    var isEven = function(someNumber) {
        return (someNumber % 2 === 0) ? true : false;
    if (isEven(count) === false) {
        // function #1
    } else if (isEven(count) === true) {
        // function #2

Multiple JS Loader

(function() {
    var script,
        scripts = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];
    function load(url) {
      script = document.createElement('script');
      script.async = true;
      script.src = url;
      scripts.parentNode.insertBefore(script, scripts);

Ambersands (“&”)

Find ampersands in dom, span them.

$(document).ready(function() {
    $("*:contains('&')", document.body)
            function() {
                if( this.nodeType == 3 ) {
                        .replaceWith( this
                            .replace( /&/g, "<span class='amp'>&</span>" )