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Meanwhile In LA

Screenshot of upcoming beauty commercial. Los Angeles, CA. March 10th, 2014

Long time no see! (more like, long time no read?) It’s been a while since my last post but LA has proven to live up to its sparkling reputation and has been keeping my rapt attention. There are so many things to do, people to meet, and treats to eat! Moving here has been an absolute dream, really (*sings “I love youuu, Californiaaaaaa“). I’ve gotten to meet so many incredibly talented individuals that I can barely keep track of them. And this, I believe, is an appropriate segue into what today’s post is all about: Talented Folks. Not the blog itself. Rather, examples of people that inspire this site’s name and that inspire me (cont).

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Recently, I had the privilege of working with a very talented group of individuals comprised of Angel V. Prado (photographer, hair stylist, and makeup artist) Zoraida Saray (hair stylist), Aliesh Pierce (makeup artist), Hanelle (model), and Albert Elizondo & Daniel Martinez (stylists). Angel invited me over to one of his beauty photo shoots to shoot a behinds-the-scenes commercial of the occasion and I couldn’t be more grateful. Every single one them is fantastic at their craft and I can’t wait to collaborate with them again. These screenshots are a sneak peak at the commercial, which will I’ll publish on TFT very soon. I’m excited. Very. So, what’s next? A behind-the-scenes video of LA-based brand CIVIL SOCIETY during LA Fashion Style Week. Whelp, that’s all I’ve got for now! Happy Monday,

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Making A Film

Fall Into The Clockwork…

It’s official!  I’ve landed in Los Angeles and I’m currently living at a place that is a literal stone throw’s away from the Warner Brothers lot (steady, my heart!). It is thrilling being so close to WB and many other famed studios and I cannot wait to get involved in some of the film action. I have such respect for the film business and I look forward to soaking it all in. All this excitement has got me thinking about the things I have learned in my 3 1/2 years as a film student and a little reminiscing brought me back to my CHECKMATE days. CHECKMATE is an action-adventure short film about a chess championship that transforms into an epic steampunk duel to the death between the finalists. Producing the film entailed everything from dumpster diving for metallic props to booking a local brewery to serve as one of the film’s sets. We held auditions for over 8 hours, handcrafted weapons and accessories, got a fencing instructor to choreograph sword duels, and spray painted any and everything that could pass as a steampunk gadget.

Here, you can see some early publicity portraits of our main characters, M. Emmeline Ashdown and Captain James Lockwood (played here by my good friends The Light Man and The Shakespearean. Producing CHECKMATE was one of the most rewarding experienced I’ve had as a film student and I look forward to many more of the like. Cara Shaffer, my co-producer, and I plan to release CHECKMATE online very soon but in the meantime you can check out our  Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Enjoy!

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Los Angeles Bound

Ah, Los Angeles, California. I first heard about the UTLA program 3 1/2 years ago when I was a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. This program allows Radio-TV-Film students to intern with companies in Hollywood for one whole semester. Flash forward to today, and I am only a few hours from getting on my California-bound airplane and I couldn’t feel more excited or blessed.

Since I will be pursuing a fashion photography internship with the incredibly talented photographer Asami Zenri, I decided to shoot a mini fashion(esque) editorial starring the absolutely lovely trio of Kaitlyn Macias, Mitana Aleksandrova, and Patricia Jimenez to celebrate the occasion. Enjoy and consider yourself kickstarted, Los Angeles adventure!
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Set Portraits

There’s something behind the pins…

These are some portraits of actors David Lee Hess and Caleb Burgess on the set of LANE THIRTY SEVENa comedic short horror film about a father and son who go bowling and discover something living behind the pins. Since my last post, I’ve had the privilege of attending a screening of LANE THIRTY SEVEN and let me tell you- It’s good. Oh-so-good! There’s suspense, the footage looks stunning, and the performances are excellent. Be sure to check them out to find out more about the production.

And now for something completely different- It’s winter break in good ol’ Austin, TX and by “winter” I mean that it’s t-shirt weather. Shorts weather too, if you’re feeling adventurous. I have a solid two weeks before I move to Los Angeles, CA and I’d like to do a portrait series while I’m still at home and there are models at my disposal (read 3 brothers and their respective wives/girlfriend lounging about). I’m shooting for a “Tim Walker meets Tim Burton meets whatever props I can wrangle” kind of thing. More on that soon.

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Lane Thirty Seven

This is a portrait series of the filmmakers behind LANE THIRTY SEVENinspired by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER‘s Austin Hargrave industry portraits. The film is a comedic short horror film about a father and son who go bowling and discover something living behind the pins. Intrigued? Check out their Indiegogo Video to find out more about the production and sneak a peek at some of the film’s stunning footage. I can’t stress enough how wonderful and talented these filmmakers are. LANE THIRTY SEVEN is certainly at the top of my list of films to watch for the semester. Be sure to check out their work!

Pictured: Director and writer Connor Pickens, Director of Photography Marshall Copous, Producers George Nassan, Kaetie Turner, and Lauren Bray, and editor Meg London-Boche photographed at The Union Underground in Austin, TX.

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Brightwood

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BRIGHTWOOD, written by Lauren Bray and directed by Shila Farahani, tells the story of a rebellious teen who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an old man at a retirement home. These are a few stolen moments on the set at Emeritus in Austin, TX. These two ladies are definitely talents to watch. Need proof? Check out what else they’ve been up to: Confession Short Film, Hoopla Parasols LookBook.

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