This week wraps up another successful bts shoot with 5 Seconds of Summer. Every time I work with them I feel incredibly lucky and honored to be a part of their progress and to see them grow as a band. It's hard for me to even fathom, but I've been working with 5 Seconds of Summer for over a year! That said, with a quick google search I was able to find more of my work displayed lovingly for you across the internet. Here are the screen grabs from various sources. When I'm on set with them, I get so much material from them, it's fun to see where it ends up.
This past month, fellow photographer Tuan Lee, a handful of carefully selected crew members, a gorgeous model, and myself took to the Mojave desert to film a short fashion video and the result is gorgeous.
The Good. I personally really enjoyed working on this project because I was surrounded by such great people. This was Tuan Lee's project and I was honored he chose me to be the DP for the endeavor.
The Bad. This was originally supposed to be a one day shoot, however a series of comical errors with the show car almost made us loose a whole day of shooting. While driving on the freeway the car began to over heat and smoke profusely. Getting off the freeway we pulled into a gas station and let the engine cool off while waiting for the mechanics from the rental company to show up. There were some raised eyebrows when two gangster looking men pulled up in a low rider, but turned out to be the mechanics. They resolved to taking out the thermostat and send us on our way; had we known anything about cars, we would have dropped our heads in discontent, but off we went. We nearly made it to our destination when the car overheats again. At the gas station in the desert where we broke down all sorts of characters came out of the woodwork to take a look at our situation. One guy worked in the factory that built the cars, another gentlemen called his mechanic friend in town, another brought his "grand-pappy" over to take a look. People we didn't even notice asked us about the car the next day when we returned.
Overall it was a great experience and I hope you enjoy the final outcome. For you tech heads out there, this was actually filmed on my Nikon D810. I absolutely love the video capabilities of this camera. Sure, I can't install magic lantern, but we didn't need it, and life was all the easier. Let me know what you think in the comments.
My recent work with 5 Seconds of Summer was just recently released and featured on several news networks including MTV!
See the full stories here: http://www.mtv.co.uk/5-seconds-of-summer/pictures/behind-the-scenes-of-5-seconds-of-summer-good-girls-music-video?view=list
And here: http://www.mtv.com/news/1955556/5sos-good-girls-single-art/
Last month I had the privilege to create this behind the scenes video of Sam Smith filming his next single "I'm Not the Only One" off his album In the Lonely Hour.
I'm usually on set taking stills, but the regular video guy was out that week so they called and asked me to step in. I couldn't say no.
I'm a big fan of Sam's and it was wonderful working with him, his team, Dianna Agron, and Chris Massina. I wish them nothing but crazy success and hope to work with them again soon.
This is actually a little lens test I did with my new 70-200. I traveled from Griffith Park, down Western Ave, west across Franklin Ave, and finally down Gower. I'm sure you'll recognize some of the landmarks.