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I wanted to show what goes into even the simplest of edits… This is a five-hour portion, of what turned out to be a 20 hour editing session. After the first 6 hours straight passed I decided to take some of you along for the ride, and I began to film what does down…. when I’m not around. I let the cameras roll… cranked up some music ( which is post production protocol! )…I think it was Japanese Drum and Flute music….and I got back to work!
The result was 5 plus, hours of video! Not wanting to drag you into such a long-term relationship.. I spared you and I sped the footage up over 3,000%!
At this speed the art of retouching becomes an art unto itself. It truly took on a new life. But something was missing… it needed a score. The greatest movies ever would be nothing without the music they are accompanied by. So I went back to work!
Wanting to ensure I conveyed the proper energy, I decided to write a song that would grind along. It needed to be high energy and funky. I wanted it to convey how fast I wish some of the more tedious work I do would move if it were a more perfect world! Something that felt progressive… and empowering… with a backbone of cool. A few hours with the Korg iMS-20 app on my iPad, and after many failed attempts…. I was finally able to piece together some tunage that I felt would marry well with the pace of the piece. When I paired them up, it was clear that they liked one another. What do you think!? I have to say I was fairly pleased with myself. Though I can chalk it up to luck… it all sort of just fell together. I was very pleasantly surprised after posting the song to Soundcloud, to get a message from Motley Crue’s very own Tommy Lee, giving me props on the song. Not bad for a first effort! Perhaps I should sell my cameras!? Start a new career?
It was meant to be fun, and to show the detail of behind the scenes. I’m always amazed at people’s jobs, and the details that we don’t often get to see.. no matter how trivial. I find it interesting to get a glimpse. I love TV shows like the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs for just that reason! I hope you get a laugh out of it… and if you wiggle a bit in your seat while watching.. or find yourself turning up the volume… then mission accomplished!
This modeling shoot took place in Hotel Rivington in New York City. The place was pretty much
opened up to me and we were granted access to shoot anywhere we chose. After getting a tour of the facilities, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the tremendous
chandelier in the dining room on the 1st floor. Wasting no time,
I decided the best plan of action would be to place the model with this fantastic worn charismatic chair and somehow get this chandelier into the shot.
After canvassing the room for a moment, I figured out exactly how to accomplish this. The tables in the room could easily serve as a platform to elevate the chair.. and model to the perfect height allowing this massive lighting fixture into the shot! After checking with the management…it was time to put some muscle in and rearrange the tables into a makeshift platform. Now that I had the “stage” set, it was time to work out angles, choose a proper lens, and set about lighting the scene. Prior to any of this though an assessment of the stability of the platform was in order… so up went the chair and up went the photographer…. yep, it’d hold. Our model for the day was far lighter than me… and this platform was rock solid. The table tops are covered in leather, so we took precaution and padded the feet of the chair with stacks of napkins from the hotel bar, so as not to leave any divots in the table top. Worked like a charm. The lighting for the image needed to be soft, yet slightly directional so as to show off the chair. I decided to erect a 4×6 foot panel, and shoot the strobes through the panel to soften the light perfectly. The back background was lit with a shoot through umbrella as I wanted some of the light to light the chandelier and the model. Lastly an edge light was added to the models right simply to add a little reflection on the leather jacket.