My Femibion commercial is out! Femibion is a new vitamin product from Merck/Seven Seas, launching for the first time in the UK. This was a very exciting project. The commercial was done for the some of the same creative team that I shot the Nivea/Labello print ads for.┬á Only this time, I was directing motion and photographing stills. Since I already shoot my stills with actors and script out scenes to photograph, I already had in place my workflow and creative process for this motion piece. But, wow, was this on a big scale!. Here’s the production shots that I previously posted if you haven’t seen those. I felt like a kid in a candy shop with all the options that we could cover. The crews were fantastic and so organized. There were so many scenes, we decided to shoot the entire piece all at one large estate in Long Island. The estate had several different homes and provided many different looks. We even built the office set in a large room at the main house. And, it turned out to be an excellent opportunity to shoot with the RED ONE camera.┬á I’m hooked now. I’ve always loved shooting little stories with my stills.┬á Now, I’m adding video!┬á As a matter of fact I just shot this week a spec coffee commercial.┬á I’ll post that here when I have it edited.┬á As well as on my website’s video section.
How about Travels? Recently I was shooting a job for a magazine in Northern Brazil. (I can’t mention too many details until it’s published!1). A great little surf town. Very basic but wonderful. The Brazilian people are very friendly. I’ll publish the tearsheet when it come out. But I want to keep you in suspense.
This weekend I was up at a friend’s lake house and I brought along my 8×10 and some B+W film. I love the 8×10 but with all the digital toys I have been using, it sat in my basement waiting. I brought it out this weekend and really got back into it. It’s a totally different way of working. You have to be very methodical in choosing your shots. Unlike my fast shooting, bang off several variations in minutes, digital camera, I have to really decide which is the best angle; which is the best shot. No chance to try some shots here and some shots there.
It’s time consuming but the results can be amazing. The clarity, the form, and the shallow depth of field. Equipment are just tools to get to what you want to show. But using different tools wakes you up and sparks something new and unique. I still love taking out a plastic toy camera to take photos. Two weeks ago, I found a 2 megapixel camera I had and I’m working on doing massive blow-ups with it. I realize that with photoshop you can replicate many of these looks. But what about the magic of organically finding that look? I much prefer to try a unique effect in the field then to wait until I’m back in the office in the dark on the computer.
My Nivea/Labello Ads that I shot in Barcelona are now in October Publications. I was hired by TBWA/Hamburg to cross the Atlantic. We spent a little less than a week there capturing some high energy shots. I shot different scenarios from the nightclub to the beach to give the client many choices. As typical of my photoshoots, we cast in video and work with talent that can act. I set up the scenes and have the talent react with each other. If you would like to see it all in action, scroll down to the next frame or click here.