Friday, December 17, 2010
EW came up with the most brilliant idea of doing a year in pictures of Lady Gaga's finest moments and outfits. We re-created paparazzi pictures from her concert tour with the piano on fire, middle finger flipping at a mets game, her interview on Larry King Live, her sister's high school graduation, receiving an MTV award from Cher and scenes from her telephone video in a prison cell and in the prison exercise yard. Michele Romero pulled this shoot together, which involved some very unusual skills, Barbie styling, Barbie hair styling, miniature sets, Barbie make up and Sharpie tattooing.
Monday, November 29, 2010
When Q asked if I wanted to shoot The Dums I could pick any city on their US tour calendar. I picked Tallahassee, it has some amazing swamp locations surrounding it. I arranged for a couple of boats and picked up the lantern at an antiques shop on the way to the shoot. I stood knee deep in the swamp when I shot these angles, camera tethered into a laptop, we kind of checked for alligators before I went in.
I shot My Chemical Romance for Q magazine in London. Q suggested doing a Blade Runner theme, which of course is hugely set extensive and expensive. I google-mapped-street-viewed the surrounding of the studio we had booked to see how I can utilize existing structures. I used one of the entrances to the building and all I needed were a few neon signs, some pipes and wires, a smoke machine, add some water, and we were in Blade Runner city.
Monday, October 4, 2010
When the Fox creatives approached me with the initial pdf of shot ideas, there were over 10 great concepts on the table, all of them too good to be edited or eliminated. We decided to be ambitions and aim for doing them all in the one shoot day we had (plus a build and a pre-light day of course). And we did do them all!
Drew Carey lost 100 lb and it is hard to recognize him. In my pictures I was using metaphors for his dramatic weight loss, my favorite being the two walls he squeezed inbetween. We made a small "behind the scenes" video with a Flip camera:
Friday, September 24, 2010
I came across this show in Vegas and asked if they were interested in doing a shoot. Gregori, the creator of the show who trains the animals and performs, comes from a family of circus performers in Russia. He adopts cats and dogs from shelters. He has two adjacent houses, one for his family and one for his animals. Every day they get loaded up on a van and make the trip to the strip for the show.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I shot the ads for a new show on A&E called The Glades, a detective show that plays in Florida. I shot on the beach in Miami and on a huge swamp set we built in studio. For the beach I requested for it to be cleaned. It was raked with a tractor overnight which did not look right. I needed everybody on set to help me mess it up again. The video was done with a silent film app on an i phone and shows everybody at work ridding the sand from raking streaks.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I shot the Flaming Lips twice before when "Yoshimi battles the pink robots" came out. They became one of my favorite bands. I went back to Oklahoma to shoot the very very cool Wayne Coyne for a Q article. The blood is a standard prop in his shows. I brought flaming contact lenses to the shoot and he agreed to wear them. The big plastic bubble is part of most live shows, Wayne gets in it and crowd-surfs. As a fan I own one, too.
These guys are plane spotters that spend many hours under Heathrow's runway approaches every week and watch/photograph planes landing and taking off. They take notes. They get exited when a new A380 from Singapore or Sydney lands, or when a Olympic flight from Athens is 7 hours delayed, instead of the usual 3 hours. I know a thing or two about 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s, and 777s, as well as A318s, A319s, A320s, A321s, A330s and A340s, so I cannot totally distance myself from these guys and I had a good time chatting with them.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
There is always this one big question when going into an editorial shoot: Is the person you're shooting going to go for what you have planned to do? When I presented my ideas to Mike Myers he said: "I don't like these ideas, ...............I love them!" Phew.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I shot MTV's The Hills gallery and ad shoot over two days. On the first day we shot on location at The Thompson hotel in Beverly Hills, the day was eventful, to say the least. The second day was in studio and was to match the on-air promo shoot. There are some 152 pictures uploaded on MTV.com, here's the main group shot and the poster.