Ok, well not exactly. I’ve had this personal project in my head for quite some time. A year and a half to be exact. It took awhile to get this project off the ground because of snafus along the way. My original model for this shot was suppose to be Sam Coy, I’ve used him numerous times in my project and knew that he had the physique to pull off the fireman shot. I wanted him to grow out his hair, but he kept cutting it. =) I needed my fireman to be more rugged looking, Sam was too clean.
Then there was KC Guyer. I met him on a shoot and we clicked right away. I really enjoy working with KC because he’s also an actor and he brings emotions that sometimes models have a hard time conveying through the lens. Since I didn’t know who was going to be able to pull it off better, I decided to ask both of them, I was sure that each was going to bring something to the table.
Finding the location was the hard part. I didn’t want it all to be photoshopped. Compositing a bunch of images together is not something I’m excited about, I prefer to shoot on location and then add any missing elements in post, in this case, I envisioned a house that’s engulfed in flames. I did try to set something up with the fire department, but since I had live models and a little baby, they weren’t going to let me get closer than 500 feet from the burning house. So I drove around and found two homes in the Portland area that was burnt down and every time I think that we have our location, the city would tear it down.
One day I was driving back from wine tasting in Dundee, I spotted this house that was perfect for the project. I knew that I had to act fast before the city got to it. I called up the models, Sam was only avail for a few hours but that was fine since I had KC as well. As for the female model, I wanted someone who could cry on
Q queue. I had worked with Michelle Lummus on a few projects and loved her to death. She’s also an actress in town, so she was going to be able to give me the raw emotion that I needed. Finally, the best model of them all, Mischa Roosevelt. She’s my hair/make-up artist’s daughter. She probably won’t remember this shoot when she gets older, but I’m sure she’ll get a kick seeing the photos.
We met up at Starbucks at 5:30 am on Sunday. The drive was going to be an hour long and I wanted to do it early for the light and also to avoid the police. I wish that I had more of a behind the scenes for you, but I shot this back in April before I decided that I was going to start blogging and making a conscious effort to film behind the scenes to take you guys on my shoots. It didn’t help that my G9 decided not to work this day, and I didn’t ask my assistant Darren to bring the Canon 5D Mark II. So what ended up happening is Darren got a few clips with my iPhone before the battery died. The footage off of the iPhone is the worse thing I’ve ever seen. It’s like stop motion. Horrible. Shame on you Apple. Can’t wait for the new iPhone though, heard you can film in hi-def and the camera is 8 mega pixels!
Since the flames were going to be added in post production, I threw some red gels on the strobes to give the red hue on the house. Here’s the video, not the best quality ever and beware of motion sickness.