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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Americans on FX

The Americans is a show about a Russian couple, played by Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who work as spies for the Soviet Union under the cover of leading perfectly average suburban lives in Virginia. They are constantly close to being found out by a FBI agent, played by Noah Emmerich, or their own daughter, played by Holly Taylor. I shot portraits of nine characters, each to evoke a movie still, and not a "photo shoot". I also shot many of the characters in a surveillance type of way, with a very long lens from a high vantage point through a window, mimicking shots we associate with cctv surveillance or evidence a secret agent or detective would capture.
The key art hints at the graphic nature of Russian propaganda poster art. In season 5 Kerri's character seems to be more trigger happy, while Matthew's character is opting for restraint.

Man Seeking Woman on FX

I shot the art for the 3rd season of Man Seeking Woman in Toronto last fall. Each portrait depicts a scene from the show: Digging a tunnel to your girlfriends bedroom, but being deported by her flatmates, a classroom lesson on the history of the suitor, a new girlfriend clearing the toxic waste of her new boyfriend and turning his bachelor pad into "their" home.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Explorer on National Geographic Channel

Explorer, which has been running for 26 years, has changed their format and has a new host: Richard Bacon. I shot eight executions, each relating to an actual story that will be featured on the show. Each picture was laid out as a one sheet, or as a series of four. The shoot took place at Jack Studios in New York. We shot the stills campaign and short motion pieces of each set-up. Below is a "making-of" video that is on the National Geographic website promoting the show.

Entertainment Weekly covers

I worked on a few EW covers in 2016: For James Corden, the Late Late show host and king of carpool karaoke, we chose an obvious prop: A car. Our inspiration was Oasis' album cover "Be here now". I wanted a white Rolls, but had to settle for a white Mercedes 500SEL that I found on Craigslist and actually drove around with for a week. The car did not make it out alive, first drowned, then burned. It actually had to have the engine and gas tank removed to meet the legal requirements for the special effects permit. I shot Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan of "The Walking Dead" in the woods in Georgia, where the show is being filmed. It was a lovely 100 degrees and I got a tick bite and had to go on antibiotics. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural" posing on their Impala "Baby", shot in a park in Vancouver near the stages of the show. I did secondary shots on the show sets, one involving "the pie".