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Directing a Video and Shooting Stills for Publicis Kaplan Thaler

Here’s my director’s cut for a two minute video I did for PKT’s pharma client. It’s being shown globally but not inside the US. It’s about HPV and the importance of vaccinating young teens against this sexually transmitted virus. We shot over several days here in New York: beach, school, park, street scenes. The casting was rigorous with us looking at over 350 teens for 18 diverse roles. There is no dialog as each country will cut graphics in their native language. In addition, I shot stills for the print uses. I’ve been doing a lot of combo set-ups this way. It’s very efficient to utilize the production elements for both video and stills (and vice versa). The lighting doesn’t change (much) as I light with hot lights(no strobes), The action is something I worked out so we don’t have to reset for stills, and I know when we have to change scenes for the video and thus I can get in there and shoot the stills. Very Active, much fun. I was using Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life as inspiration. Shot on the RED Epic for the slo-mo. Cooke Lenses.

Client: Pharmaceutical
Agency: PKT
Agency Exec Producer: Andy Cornelius
Creative Directors: Lynn Crosswaite, Wendy Marks
Agency Producer/Sr. Art Buyer: Sandra Locke
Producer: Brian Gibson/Anderson Hopkins
DP:  Bob Blankemeier
Editorial/Motion Graphics: Craig Warnick/Madhouse
Casting: Donna Grossman

Do you like to look behind the scenes? Well, here you go!

Project:Artist Website Launch

For years now, I have been shooting portraits of artists, most in their place of work. We usually only see a piece of art as it’s displayed on a white wall at the gallery.  It’s great to see where it was created and what environment the artist uses to create their work.  I’ve been very fortunate to have met and photographed some very interesting people.  Most have been here in New York, but when I travel I try to reach out to others.  I’ve created a website to begin showing this work (some are in my portrait section of my website).  I’ve started to load them into www.projectartist.info.  I’ll update periodically with some more people.  I also created a hand bound book of the first group of artists.  It’s displayed in the video below.

Here’s the PDF of the book.

Directing a TV Commercial For Bic

Previously, I showed some behind the scenes of a Broadcast TV commercial I directed in Puerto Rico. Now that it’s out and on TV, I can tell you about it. The piece was for BIC Soleil razors. We cast some very beautiful, happy, energetic and leggy actors to bring on the “sun.” We used the beautiful and very sunny island of Puerto Rico as our location but not for the palm trees and beaches. We actually scouted for locations that could be almost anywhere in North America. For the traffic scene, we were able to stop and divert traffic very easily to get our technocrane in an opposing lane of traffic. The rain scene is shot in a park with some very interesting rain towers. They had swirling heads at the top and that made the water fall more naturally. We shot on the RED Epic to get some great slow motion coverage. My local crew was top notch having worked on many features including “Pirates of the Caribbean.” I felt like I was working with New York or LA crew, they were so buttoned up.

I worked very closely with the agency who were a pleasure to work with. It’s one of the things that I love about advertising, the collaboration. It was great to bounce ideas off each other and further develop the piece.

Client: Bic Soleil
Agency: Source Marketing
Creative Director: Chris Healey
Agency Producer: Keelin Claire Nothwang
Exec Producer: Jenn Kim/AndersonHopkins

Producer: Antonio Betancourt/ResonaciaPR

Editor: Kate Owen/Hooligan

Grade and Finish at The Mill

For visual continuity, I was asked to shoot the print ads as well. As the director, I knew what were the better scenes that would work in stills. Also, I was able to easily work the “stills” time into the production. Since I usually shoot with HMI’s for my still work, no relighting was necessary. This enabled us to get everything, stills and motion, efficiently and to visually tie it all together.

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This is the production blog for Photographer/Director Chris Sanders; filled with mutterings and musing to ponder. Please visit his website at www.chris-sanders.com. Unless otherwise noted, all images are Copyright Chris Sanders. All uses are strictly reserved.

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