Last December Rebecca Simpson Steele at Reader’s Digest asked us to create images to go along with their “I Survived” feature/cover story. The true stories of survival ranged from a grizzly bear attack to narrowly escaping from a pickup swept away in flood water. Scary stuff! The scenarios provided us with lots of new and unique problems to solve for this shoot.
First we needed to figure out a few important details: how to get a grizzly bear, tornado, a house fire and a sinking truck in the studio. We canvassed local taxidermy shops for the most grizzly of bears and spent a couple days constructing a large doll house to later set fire to. We even experienced an overheating ’72 Ford truck in stop-and-go traffic while hauling a large grizzly bear in the truck bed. The sinking truck involved a fish tank, lots of epoxy and plenty of hands on set to help create fog and flowing canal water. And after some extensive you tube research and trial runs Nick came up with a solution for our indoor tornado– a wind vortex housed inside a large acrylic box.
And a few behind the scene pictures.