This is the first shot we did on a Sunday night:
We started right after sundown and a minor ( but stressful ) rain delay.
The models for this image are JW and Cristian ( without an “h”), both friends of Myriam Babin.
Originally we cast another Christian (this one with an “h”) as the batsman, but once we did a test exposure with JW standing in, we saw his amazing talent to look menacing and we knew he was the right model for this shoot. I apologized a million times to my other Christian friend about the switch and he graciously bowed out (probably happy he could get back to his own work).
A bait and switch is never a nice thing to do but in the end we try to create the best picture possible. And if you ever need a talented music producer…….(christiancassan.com)
I talked to Cristian about what his character should look like and we decided on a cool black suit with a white shirt. Cristian has loads of style and easily pulled off the look we were after.
JW wore what he wore, but I think it worked.
We only used two heads with magnum reflectors to get the strong, threatening shadows.
This is the second image of the first night:
The models are JW and Linh, a buddy from my wednesday soccer game.
I asked Linh to bring a variety of clothes and we did the styling on the spot. The weapon is my kitchen knife which is not as sharp as it looks.
We set up 4 lights with magnum reflectors across the street to mimic regular street lamps. I think we did a nice job on JW’s double shadow.
This is the third image of sunday night:
The models are Susie and Marcelo.
Marcelo has a photography background. He used to assist and he has a successful wedding photography business, but his big love is acting and with a lot of perseverance and hard work he is getting some juicy parts on TV these days. Anyway, this might have been the last time we ‘ve gotten him, sans negotiating with a ball breaking Hollywood agent. Since the bike was part of the set-up we decided on a Williamsburg hipster look. Not a big stretch for him.
The car in this picture was a major headache and a good example for damage control.
I was looking for quite a while for a great set of wheels that fit in our budget and finally just stumbled across it on East 6th and Avenue D one night. There was a nicely restored 69 Chevelle, red with black racing stripes and major pimpage all around. I asked some kids in the neighborhood if they knew the owner and had him located lickety-split. I told him about the project and offered him $100 to shoot his car and he was majorly excited but if something is to good to be true…… Anyways, I had a gut feeling that the barometer pointed to flakes and sure enough on the evening of the shoot I called him and it sounded like the couch had a firm hold on him. Long story short, he never showed. But because of my natural German pessimism, I had plan B ready to go. Myriam walked over to the local Limo service and negotiated a decent price for their least banged up black limo to pose for 2 shots incl. driver. I love NY.
The picture is a composite of 3 different frames. We did it this way to get both Susie and Marcelo in focus and also to get touches of ambient light in the background windows.
We tied the back tire of the bike to a c-stand positioned just out of frame.
The rest is Marcelo’s athleticism. We tried a few times until he got his one armed elbow stand just right.
There are 2 lights from the front lighting up Marcelo. 2 lights behind the car, one pointing at the building one shining through the passenger window and under the car. One light on the sidewalk up the street lighting Susie.
At the tail end of this shot is the lovely retouching work of Sabine Scheckel who dolled up the car blended the 3 frames and changed the license plate cause the devil is in the details.
This is the fourth and last image of sunday night.
This is right outside the power plant in Vinegar Hill. We had the permits in order and introduced ourselves to the security guards who immediately started giving us a hard time and tried to prevent us from shooting on a city street. We politely stood our ground and finally convinced everybody that we were not the enemy.
The models are Cristian and Susie plus the driver.
It was obviously crucial to get Susie’s diabolical look just right. She is the central character and on the cover. If she isn’t believable and interesting everything else falls apart. To get to this look we had a fun filled fashion show and some serious discussions about what constitutes a proper business outfit in this line of work.
On the day of the shoot Susie went to the hairdresser and got her do done and alright I’m not impartial but she exceeded my wildest expectations for sexy badassness.
The final image is a composite from two frames again to get everybody in focus. There is a light on the sidewalk aimed at Cristian and from the same pack at light to the left of the camera aimed mostly at Susie but with spill on Cristian. There is a light on the other sidewalk positioned to the right of the car, aimed at Susie but also lighting the limo. There are also 2 lights behind the car. One aimed straight at the camera and one aimed at the big brick wall.
Sabine worked her magic on the car again.
We finished shooting at about 3am. Packed, brought the equipment back to the apartment, backed up the files, put everybody in a cab and at around 4am tried to sleep for a few hours, which for me comes never easy after a shoot.