FILL THE FRAME Hit Thirteen

To All the Ships at Sea,

In a world moving at light speed, yes I’ve used this saying before…  To have 4 consecutive great days is almost unheard of.  Well, I’ve had 5 great days.  It started out good and ended fabulous.  My book FILL THE FRAME hit 13 on Amazon. Sean Strub of the hotel Fauchére hosted a book signing for literary club which was extremely successful.  The one hour presentation lasted 2 hours.  I was totally honored that people came to hear me and purchase a copy of my book.  I guess I will have to start working on FILL THE FRAME II.

Excerpts from my book FILL THE FRAME…

© Joe DiMaggio

I wanted Star Trek’s William Shatner as a celebrity guest & co-host when I was hosting The Canon Photo Safari. We finally connected in 1999, for a segment being filmed in Israel. I didn’t know much about him; I was no Trekkie, but for some reason Bill had always fascinated me.

One typically torrid morning at 4:30, we set off for some far-flung location, and by 3:30 that afternoon it was even hotter. Bill and I were sitting shoulder to shoulder on a stone wall, gazing out at a magnificent ruin, when he glanced at me and said, “You know Joe, you look really hot.”

“Well, it’s warm,” I said, “but I’m not that hot.”

“Well, you really look really hot.”

“What can I say? It’s hot.””

“You know what? You also look very, very tired.”

“Well, I’m not that tired.”

“But you really look tired. You look very hot, and you look very tired. Actually, you look exhausted.”
“I’m really not exhausted.” “No, you really are exhausted.”

At that point, we paused. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, sometimes it takes two or three kicks under the table for me to catch on. I looked at the director, and said, “I’m feeling a little queasy, I’m very hot, and I’m really tired. I’d like to go back to the kibbutz, and relax a bit. Is there any way we could make up the work tomorrow?”

The director said, “Well, if you’re not up to it . . .”

©Joe DiMaggio

    © Joe DiMaggio

 

 

Happy Birthday William!

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You have to love the internet. It’s filled with so much information, it’s virtually impossible to keep up with it. Every once in a while, however, the internet will be wrong. I know Bill Shatner is an Aries, we share that sign together. But according to Wikapedia, he’s 84. Wrong! He’s not 84, he’s 44! I’ve had the opportunity and absolute pleasure to work with Bill on a few projects and to spend time with him both outside and inside the country. Rest assured, he can outthink, outread, outwork, and outact any 25 year old person on the planet. Oh, I knew I forgot something – he can also outride anybody on the planet! He’s not only a great actor, writer, and entrepreneur, he’s also one hell of a cowboy. If there’s two things he loves, it’s speed and horses. Oops! Forgot Liz! She’s first.

Happy birthday Bill, have a good day and a little sip of champagne for me. Give Liz a hug and a kiss.

Health and happiness,

Joe D.

Startrek goes Country Bill Shatner competing in the 12th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show hosted by Bill Shatner Competitions held at the Los Angles Equestian Center 4/27 and 4/28 ©2002 Joe DiMaggio

Startrek goes Country
Bill Shatner competing in the 12th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show hosted by Bill Shatner Competitions held at the Los Angles Equestian Center 4/27 and 4/28
©2002 Joe DiMaggio

Bill Shatner

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Israel Travel with DiMaggio-Kalishworkshops December 5-12 2015

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Israel with DiMaggio-kalishworkshops December 5-12 2015 @DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio & William Shatner in Israel on Canon Photo Safari (2 min 41 sec) –  https://vimeo.com/91934213

(click to view & download) Itinerary for Israel 

(click to view & download) Terms & Conditions 

Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.

In any given year millions of people visit Israel  – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical.  Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue  that helped make the show so successful.

Joe and Amir want to extend that synergy. They want to take you on a semi-private tour of Israel and share their passion and knowledge of land along with their unique photographic experience and vision.

Some facts about Amir – his credentials are impressive. He’s escorted Heads of State, Presidents, Kings, Hollywood Celebrities, Writers, Politicians and insured that every one of them, to a man or woman have had a highly memorable and successful visit.

Joe and Amir, along with Superb Tourist Services Ltd. (a highly respected Israel based Tour Operator), have put together a program that we hope will be your holiday of a lifetime. You will return home with both a thorough understanding of the history of Israel, the land and it’s varied people, as well as come away with truly amazing Photography and Video Imagery.

http://dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com/israel/

Israel Photography Adventure

Israel Photo Safari with Joe DiMaggio and William Shatner

Joe DiMaggio and Bill Shatner in Israel on Photo Safari

Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.

In any given year millions of people visit Israel  – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical.  Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue  that helped make the show so successful.

http://vimeo.com/91934213

81 Years Ago Was a Good Day

Photo ©Joe DiMaggio

To All The Ships At Sea:

I’ve had thousands of photo students. Some of them celebrities, politicians, FBI agents, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. I come from the old school.  I treat them all the same. I must admit Bill Shatner on one level was the easiest student I’ve ever had. He has a great eye, is a wonderful director and can that guy ride a horse!

Happy Birthday William.  I can’t wait for 100

Photo ©JoAnne Kalish

Shatner’s World, We Just Live in It

©Joe DiMaggio

Ever since I gave Bill his big break as my co-host on the Photo Safari, he’s setting the world on fire.  That’s me trying to be funny.  Bill Shatner needs no help from anyone to be absolutely great.  He is genuinely one of the most talented people on the planet.  Great actor, big and small screen, thoughtful director, an accomplished writer, one of the most avid readers I’ve ever met, a mensch when comes to being a husband and a father, and a damn good friend.  JoAnne and I were in the front row for Bill’s last New York performance last night.  He was nothing short of out-of-this-world.  No-one should be surprised.

The Great Bill Shatner

Copyright Joe DiMaggio, 2003

Every time I have an opportunity to introduce Bill whether it be one of my TV shows or one of the pilots, I love to just introduce him as The Great Bill Shatner. I do that because he is not only a great actor, a wonderful director, an extremely compassionate man, a dedicated philanthropist and probably the most avid reader I’ve ever met.

Bill Shatner, JoAnne Kalish, Liz Shatner, Joe DiMaggio and Willy Brown the Mayor of San Francisco, Copyright Charles Rudnick

He is genuinely one of the busiest people in all of Hollywood. Oops, Studio City. But Bill is one other thing, he will take time out of his busy schedule and write an old friend. Charles Rudnick and I are not only close friends, but we’ve worked together on a myriad of projects over the last 25 years. Charles is a brilliant film maker,  great talent, has a beautiful family, and also stage four bladder cancer, WHICH HE WILL BEAT! I guess from now on I’ll have to introduce Bill as the Sweet Bill Shatner. JoAnne reminds me this blog is supposed to be about photography and film making. That’s true but Bill and his lovely wife Liz are both photographers and film makers, Charles is a photographer and film maker. They’ve both taught me a lot about communication and how to take an idea and put it on a piece of film.

Shatner wrote to my friend Charles:

“I hear you are one tough son of a bitch. Joe DiMaggio told me that, so it must be true. As Admiral Halsey said “attack, attack, attack” and that’s what you seem to be doing with your treatment. Good for you. I wish you well and will look forward to hearing about your next Olympics.”

Charles Rudnick, JoAnne Kalish, Joe DiMaggio and Bill Shatner, Copyright Liz Shatner

Charles wrote:

Thank you for sending your good wishes…it does mean a lot to me.  With cancer the cure is in a large way tougher than the disease.  Your Admiral Halsey was very appropriate.  I admire your grasp of history.  I am looking  forward to seeing your documentary The Captains.

I finished my first round of chemo and now have daily radiation where I’m zapped with gamma rays for 7 weeks.  I get pretty wiped out.  I have great doctors and they  are optimistic.  My family, friends and co-workers have been rallying and especially  my wife Carmen and my girls (picture of my girls enclosed). Daughters come in real handy. My best to you and Liz and your family, Charles”

The Captains William Shatner’s New Film

William Shatner, Liz Shatner, Joe DiMaggio & JoAnne Kalish          Photo © Marion Curtis


To All The Ships At Sea:

Only a few of you have ever asked me the name of my ship. Some of my friends and students who were slightly over 50 know who Walter Winchell was. The complete quote was “Good Evening, Mr. & Mrs. America from Border to Border and Coast to Coast and all the Ships at Sea let’s go to Press!”

Yesterday we were on the good Ship Enterprise, which hosted my long time friends Bill & Liz Shatner for Bill’s new film, which he directed and produced called the Captains. The party was a blast and to catch up and see Bill and Liz is always totally enjoyable. Like everything Bill does, it has his unique fingerprint and is always pretty amazing.