John Wlaysewski of the band, Late Cambrian
Here’s some images I shot in Los Angeles for the creative team at Publicis Seattle and T-Mobile. I also created a gallery with more to see here. We shot over several very busy days. It’s the way I like to work. We create scenarios and block out specific needs for the client. Then I shoot around the idea with actors that we cast to bring some life and energy to the party. Like a mini film! The key is to work with talent that can act, have a fast hard-working crew and clients/creatives who are open to finding that moment. Stay loose!
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Here’s a time lapse video I did from my hotel room in Cologne, Germany. I had a great room (#302) at the Dom Hotel. The windows opened up right onto the Cathedral and the Square. I set the camera up for 5 hours taking one frame every minute. I went off to my meetings and dinner and came back to this sequence.
Just got back from a great trip of meetings in Germany. I love to travel and I love to see things new again. If you stay in the same environment, you begin to lose sight of the details. Fire Hydrants, they are different over there. The way people dress is so much nicer. If you don’t shake it up, you lose sight of the things that excite you. I went to Frankfurt, K├Âln, D├╝sseldorf, and Hamburg. Met with old friends and made many new friends. Went to museums on my free time. Even rented the city bikes in Hamburg. You swipe your card, ride the bike, then leave it at another bike station in town. Why don’t we have this in New York? I traveled by train which compared to Amtrak is fantastic. On time, clean, and fast. The train was moving about 150mph with no noise and no rocking motion. I shot the following with my iphone and have been posting through Instagram to my twitter feed but I thought I would place the photos here as well.
Cologne Train Station
BA Flight to LHR
I recently returned from LA shooting a lifestyle campaign for a cell phone company. I’ll show you the images once they are released. It seems like I spend a good part of the winter in Los Angeles. Since the weather is so much nicer (especially now with all the New York snow), it makes it easier to shoot my outdoor scenes. It’s one thing to ask a talent to become a character for my scenes. It’s another thing for them to brave the cold and be pretending it’s nice and balmy.
I have a great crew in LA, so it’s very easy to get a quality shoot done. I have shot in Miami but I feel that the talent is more diverse and of greater depth due to the film business here. Also, the style of architecture is not as varied in Miami. We can find almost everything in LA. And since most of my shoots are for the entire US (and sometimes the world) we have to make it appear like it is anywhere. So palm trees are a no-no.
Typically, I like to stay in Santa Monica because of the beach. I’m a runner and it’s easy to go down the path toward Venice and Marina del Rey without worrying about getting run over by cars. Clients lately seem to be staying more in Santa Monica as well. Shutters and their sister hotel, Casa del Mar, have a big agency following. The one thing that I don’t like about LA is the traffic. I’m not used to sitting in my car for hours on end. It seems like a big waste of time. If I were to live here, I would have to find a way to work in the car. Maybe a voice activated email system.