Oh, and one other important thing. Noah Ginex's hit puppet show SNORF is closing out it's run tomorrow, Saturday June 28th at 2pm. I'll be on hand taking pictures and I highly recommend checking it out before it closes.
It brings me great pleasure to welcome you to my newly designed website. I am really excited by the opportunity to share my work, and hopefully collaborate on your ideas as well. As you can probably guess, photography is really important to me. Reviewing old pictures always takes me back to the moment it was taken. Its like a steroid boost to my memory and helps me tap into all kinds of emotions that I felt. And that's one of those most powerful things about photography. It's a trigger that's linked straight to your guts and your heart.
So with that in mind, I offer to you a gallery that has never before been released. It's from early in my career and really marked one of my first "breaks". My friend Noah Ginex filmed a music video for the Barenaked Ladies. Noah asked me to grab stills of the process so that we'd have a record of events, and this is that record. In addition to these images, I was also called upon to puppeteer briefly. The whole shoot was such a memorable experience and these images take me back to that night. Below you'll find the video followed by the gallery of images.
As always, I welcome any comments and look forward to hearing from you.
Here it is, the second episode of The Jameson Talk Show. That's me right at the start of the program talking to Jameson. Additionally I produced, wrote, and filmed for both segments and the commercial. Without further adieu, please enjoy.
Today is pretty exciting for me. I've been working for the past month with the Noah Ginex Puppet Company to produce episode 1 of The Jameson Talk Show. It's been a wild ride pulling all the footage and audio together and making this thing possible. I can't take too much credit though. Noah is the one who directed and cut everything together. I just followed his lead and helped where I could.
I did a shoot with a good friend of mine, Noah Ginex. He will be in the upcoming Chicago Improv Festival leading his self titled Noah Ginex Puppet Company into battle vs. Felt, another improv puppet company, in an improv grudge match called The Cagematch. I won't go into any more details about the show since, well, this is a photography blog. But if your interested visit the links.
The photo was shot against a white background with the subjects filling the frame. In photoshop, I replaced the white background with the gradient blue and widened the whole thing to accommodate text to advertise the show.
The hardest thing about shooting puppets is getting the eyes to look where you want them to look. Even with just one puppet, the puppeteer has no idea if the puppet is actually looking into the camera. So it's a combination of directing the puppeteer's hand movements and as the photographer, moving around to find the right angles.
With 3 puppets and 3 puppeteers, its an uphill battle getting all the eyes focused on the same thing. When I was a kid I went to Space Camp, and truth be told I never thought I'd need to remember terms like roll, yaw, and pitch. But boy did it help with directing hand movements. But even then, you have to be clear who your talking too. At one point I was directing Amanda to get closer to Fuzzy. She kept moving the Pig closer and closer, but hadn't realized I was directing her. That got a nice laugh out of everyone and after that I was sure to be very clear about who I was talking too.
Overall I'm very pleased with how this turned out. If you have any questions about the image, feel free to leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer.
Thanks for stopping by,