This is certainly one of the most downright fun campaigns I’ve worked on. Ami Goodheart and SOTU Productions blew my mind with their “Sculptume” designs and builds. And the entire team from Y&R Zurich gave us all such freedom to make it a work of art (big thanks!). Glad to see the Swiss Art Directors are showing it some love.
Food as fashion. Here’s the video:
Today, NPR did a nice piece on the “hunger pains” series (where models are wearing the meals they were craving) in The Picture Show. And, as usual, a bit of controversial banter between readers in the “comments” section. If you’re so inclined, you can view the post here.
Caddyshack is one of the best movies of all time. There, I said it. Every time I see it (TNT, USA, TBS seem to play it twice a day), I’m reminded that Harold Ramis is a genius. It’s classsic comedy whether you play golf, watch golf, despise golf or couldn’t care one way or the other.
So, I was surprised to learn that this summer marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Yes, 30 years. And I realized, that over those 3 decades, Caddyshack has continued to remain relevant. People of all walks still quote it. Myriad fan pages scatter the web with trivia, pics, clips, memorabilia, etc, et al. Notions such as cinderella story, doodie doodie, the world needs ditch diggers too, night putting and a dancing ultra lo-fi gopher make the Caddyshack faithful nostalgic for those simpler times.
To celebrate Caddyshack’s big number 30, I decided to pay homage with a tribute photoshoot. Bring back all the characters. Recreate the iconic scenes. I was lucky enough to find a willing country club and an amazing cast. NYC phenom producer Inna Khavinson brought it all together. And on the longest day of the year, we shot like crazy and captured images I feel do the film justice.
I hope Harold would agree.
Below are a couple behind-the-scenes pics. The full series, along with Caddyshack trading card (collect ‘em all) are up on my site
A while back I shot Ashley Dupre (of the Eliot Spitzer saga). Why? Well that’s an entire other blog entry. Anyway, at one point, I was playing with literal underexposure since I thought she could use some, figuratively. Here’s a pic of Ashley as well as a couple of my assistant Kirsten, who was gracious enough to model a bit, too.
Okay, who saw “Whip It?” I did not. But heard a lot of good things about Drew Barrymore’s comedy/drama following a “young misfit who finds a way to deal with her miserable, small town life through roller derby” (quote from rotten tomatoes). The trailer on youtube looked pretty cool, too.
Regardless, I was given the opportunity to head out to Schnecksville, PA for a portrait project with the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls and decided I better not pass it up. The entire team–the pivots, blockers and jammers–all would be there. And they were excited, really excited for the shoot.
The second I walked into the skating center and saw the women sitting around, I knew I had some big personalities on hand. These women are tough. And cocky. And funny. And athletic. Some mothers, some in their 40s. Everyone with a different reason for taking up roller derby. I shot for about 6 hours and it was a blast. I even was invited to an upcoming bout in Newark, NJ (which I most certainly will attend). Below are a few pics and video from the shoot. More will soon be up on my website.
By the way, these “girls” could definitely take me. On or off skates.
Last week I had the opportunity to direct an international, consumer video for Phonak hearing aids and work with the Phantom camera. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Phantom (I was in that boat until a couple months back), let me give you the nerdy, tech lo-down. It’s a HD video camera that can shoot 1000 frames/second at 1920 x 1080. 1000 frames gives you ridiculous slow motion. RIDICULOUS. Like “stop a bullet” slow-mo. At this frame rate, you can only shoot in 4.5 second bursts. That seemed like it might be a bit too short until I learned playback of those clips at normal speed goes for over 3 minutes.
I worked with DP Greg Wilson shooting “wildly-dressed” dancers (that’s as much as I can say for now. I’ll post the video when it has been officially released). The results were pretty cool. During aggressive, almost-frantic moves, we stopped the dancers in their tracks.
The Red One camera has already been a great tool for photographers as they dive even deeper into the world of video. The Phantom opens up a couple extra doors. Though you do need a mother-load of lights (we were up over 120k in the wattage department) that can start to melt whatever it is you’re shooting. People included
Here’s a pic of the camera setup:
An image from my recent “officewear” series was chosen as the pic of the week. Thanks everyone at www.oneeyeland.com.