Hi I’m Blake Shimshock. I run the Multimedia department for Ability Counts.
I’ve been involved in the film industry for almost 20 years. As a kid, I always had a fascination with cameras. I had that one uncle that always had the cool gadgets at his house.
While my cousins and friends were playing, I had a camera stuck to my face. My father was a movie projectionist, so we got to see a lot of movies for free. He would give me the posters of all the sci-fi films.
In 1977 when Star Wars hit theaters, I was blown away. I took writing classes plus introduction to film. Years later, some friends and I met an actor named Reggie Bannister; he’s in those Bmovie Horror films. He invited us to the set of Phantasm 4. I was so excited to be there.
We helped with lighting and equipment. I gravitated towards the camera crew and helped with the camera equipment. I’ve been hooked ever since.
In 2002 I met a few like-minded people and we started a film company. We still work together occasionally. I’ve worked on over 80 short films and features of all genres. I got into directing and directed some short films that aired on CBS and K-CAL 9. I was assistant camera for some Nickelodeon projects. I worked on a Sammy Hagar Public Service Announcement at Ontario Motor Speedway.
Locally, I’ve filmed videos for the City of Riverside and the city of Moreno Valley.
I stay busy doing what I love. It’s also great money.
Neva Noland lived at the Enchanted Rainbow Residential care facility and enjoyed many outings with her group home. She started working at Ability Counts on January 11,1999, completing 19 years of employment. She worked in both Supported Employment and the Work Activity programs. She worked at the Central building, Corona and Riverside.
She loved working, especially boxing garment hangers. She also did well in the recent recycle contracts. Neva was very social and friendly, loved by all. She attended Friendly Stars social club every Friday night. She also belonged to a bowling league and was a good bowler. She enjoyed attending events held by ACI.
We were told by her Care Provider, while she was hospitalized, that she kept telling him she wanted to go back to work.
Neva Noland, a special lady, she enjoyed life.
She will be missed.
7/13/1952 to 1/15/2018