I heard the news today that someone very special and influential in my life passed away. Many of you in the San Antonio production community, who shot film in the 80's and 90's, most likely knew Charles Floyd. Charles spent his career selling motion picture film processing and services, and was influential in the Southwestern film industry because of his fierce spirit, New Orleans accent, and his readiness to deliver "lagniappe" with every sale.
Charles was the gentleman that recommended me for his own position with Allied Film Lab in Dallas when he retired in 1996, a job which taught me more about this business than any other. Charles was no stranger to San Antonio. He sold most of the TV movies, features and series that shot here in the late 80's and early 90's, especially "Heaven Help Us", which used a special 35mm camera system, 3-perf, which he convinced the film lab to modify their equipment to handle.
Rest in peace, Charles, and thank you.
Charles Edward Floyd
December 23, 1923 - March 10, 2008