GQ came to us with an article about the future of football, and one writer’s theory that football will not become less violent, but actually more violent in the future. So we were asked to imagine what this more violent future might look like. Menacing spikes on the helmet, barbs on the shoulder pads, players with brass knuckles, and razor wire at the end zone was where we went. This was an amazingly fun set and costume to build. Thank you to makeup artist Tara Cooper for making our player’s skin look phenomenal!
And here were some of the out takes that did not make it to print, but we love the way they turned out.
We looked at all kinds of different spikes to find the most menacing. The end solution…..spear fishing tips! All ground down by hand. And yes, they were sharp!
Last, here’s some behind the scene images from the day.
In May, WWD called with an idea for a cover story, but due to their quick turn around were unsure whether it could happen in time. They wanted to cast a bust of a woman with a worried look on her face for a story about consumer confidence. We’re always up for a challenge so of coarse we said yes.
Thank goodness we have the best assistants ever. Katy slicked back her hair and sat patiently for almost an hour while i covered her face with a casting compound and then plaster support. The result was just what the magazine was looking for.
When the phone rings and it’s Armin Harris from Fortune, the conversation usually starts with “So we had this idea… can you guys make it happen?”
This time is was a tornado of ramen type noodles for a story about Nestle’s PR flub with Maggi 2 Minute Noodles, their brand of instant noodles popular in India, and the rumor of lead contamination.
The tornado was made with a wire under structure that the noodles were than woven around. Then we flung noodles, liquid, and veggies around the tornado. The studio smelled like curry for a few days afterward.
Earlier this year John Toolan at Field & Stream came to us with an idea for a turkey hunting feature. They wanted to photograph hunters in a grassy field, but wanted the background all white to work with the page design. After kicking around the idea of taking models, gear, camera equipment, wardrobe, and more out to a field to shoot on location, we decided it would be easier and more importantly, the quality would be better if we brought the field to us. A car load of native grass and 600 pounds of dirt later we had our grassy field.
Huge thanks to Bill Sallans and Jessica Pages for the use of your pup Pilot.
And some behind the scenes shots. Apparently there were a large number of lady bugs living in the grass we dug up. We kept finding them in our car for weeks after the shoot.