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[on getting started with the cameras his parents bought him:] "My parents didn't know what I was doing; I didn't know what I was doing. This was in Los Angeles. There was no community, just three or four kids going to each other's houses and shooting film -- not trying to tell a story or anything, just these screwy effects. I didn't think it would amount to anything."
His parents advised him to major in business at Pasadena City College and California State University at Los Angeles, where he received an A.A. degree. But in his first year in college, Muren created a 16-millimeter science fiction film, "The Equinox." The movie was picked up by a distributor, who added 40 minutes to it, blew it up to 35-millimeter, and released it; Muren made back his $8,000 ...