I consider myself lucky to have a job I really love. I’ve made a living, raised kids, given opportunities to others, and worked with lots of creative, interesting, cool people. The job came with a few adventures…shooting in amazing places, seeing most of the US and a good chunk of the world.
There were, of course, some key folks early in my career, people who opened doors, who challenged me, whose influence stays with me to this day.
Two of those folks departed this life in 2021. Knowing that both of these outstanding people are now gone definitely has me in a thankful mood.
David Cranfill, through Cranfill Advertising, which later became 360 Group, gave me my first career job in Indianapolis. Working as an on-staff production manager, I learned how commercials come together from first concepts to distribution. I still am in awe of the projects we shot for Farm Bureau Insurance and their Indiana Legends campaign…moments in the lives of Wes Montgomery, Carole Lombard, the Reno Gang and so many more.
Glenn Roberts, the owner of long-gone Producers International, took me from coast to coast working for big companies and institutions, from AT&T to the U.S. Army. Those of us who worked on the mini-series “Private Victories” will always cherish the memories. The list of people who worked with Glenn reads like a who’s who of Indy’s production community.
Interestingly, the two of them worked together in the years before I met them. And they took different paths later in their careers: David worked up until the very end, with 360 Group at the top of its game (and Road Pictures a proud vendor to them), whereas Glenn retired (at what now seems like a very young age) after selling his company.
David & Glenn. Incredible men. I am indebted to the opportunities they provided. Words are not enough.
Greg Malone, Producer/Owner, Road Pictures