A couple weeks ago I was able to complete a project that was in the pipeline for some time. I had this story in my head with 2 elderly guys set in the brutal sport of MMA or Mixed Martial Arts.
I was discussing it one evening with good friend and art director Mike Fritz and after about a year finally everything came together and we were able to shoot it.
I have to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who was involved, First of all to Mike my co-conspirator and art director, my team of Josh Maguire and his assistants, special effects makeup by Sharon Robbins from ARC, styling by Michelle Michaelson and of course the amazing cast of Hugh, Stewart, Daisy, Tom, and Liam. Last but not least to the amazing venue which is a working MMA gym Phoenix Elite MMA and Conditioning, thank you!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with award winning art-director Kieryn Humphreys a couple of times now, on shoots in both Sydney and Brisbane, and she recently asked me a couple questions for her blog Humperdink. You can check out our conversation here
I just recently got back from a trip to LA, San Diego, Jersey and New York. I took a lot of pics while I was there, professionally and personally. Here are a couple of my personal favourites, all shot from the hip with my point and shoot, the Fuji X10.
Teamed up with friends of mine Eden & Chloe the other day. Eden’s a rad guy and likes to make his own things you can surf on. I like people who make things; creatives, craftsmen, the like. You can check out his surfing boards on the Dead Kooks site.
Just finished working with Courtney Hancock, an athlete on the Kellogg’s Nutrigrain series. The brief to me called for an editorial type piece for publication to give a bit of insight on who Courtney is.
The story I’m telling is of the transition from Courtney the young beach girl, enjoying herself just like anyone else her age does, to the unbridled drive that makes her a serious contender as an Ironwoman. I think the transition between the lifestyle shots through to the final image of her running on the beach does that.
4 days after this shoot Courtney came runner up in the Coolangatta Gold endurance race.
I’ve recently been shooting more complex projects from a production value point of view, which in turn has had me exercising my ability to extend my vision beyond the creative into building a team to work with.
Last project was a 4 day shoot with 7 crew including myself, plus art director, client production staff, and brand representatives to ensure we were within the client’s brand message. We had permits to secure access and shoot in public locations and were scheduled down to the minute. Everything from names of each talent and crew member attending each location down to switching on/off ambient lights had to be organized in advance. We built sets with props and furniture, made up and styled 30 plus talent, recreated sunlight, and used artificial light to reproduce window lit scenes. I shot tethered straight into a computer and at most point had a number of client representatives and stakeholders watching every shot in real time as I shot them. Obviously all of the above work is done by a team who, from the moment of being appointed the project, I relied on to help me deliver the final product.
All of this is not possible without putting 100% of trust in people that can either make or break the job. This is where vision extends beyond the work and into other areas of being a creative professional, knowing the work we want to do, how we want to do it, and who we want to do it with. Every detail adds to the outcome like creating the right vibe on set, making sure people are fed and happy, and presenting a unified front as a team to the client. This is what creative shoots are good for, building relationships and locking in the team.
Just got word that I can now share some outtakes from a shoot we recently delivered for agency Simjen.
The brief called for an image depicting the concept “Revive your Business”.
We got the commission on a real tight timetable, and I literally had about 4 hours to get the team together, get directions to the talent to the studio from the airport & shoot it, and then deliver the proof images that night.
Got to work with former Ralph Lauren model Steve Nation, who you may also recognize from that famous Listerine ad with the cheeks exploding and the barnacles blowing off the bottom of the yacht.
Special effects make up was done by Haley Whittle and on real short notice I was able to get some props from a contact in the medical industry. We shot about 200 frames in studio & that was a wrap!
Below are some of my favorite outtakes, Steve’s acting ability had me struggling not to burst out laughing the whole time.