…And There Was Neon Wins Big!

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I’m very happy and proud to announce that my short film …And There Was Neon just won the AI-AP International Motion Art Award! Thank you AI-AP. Much appreciated. Thank you also to Jeff Friedman and everyone at Let There Be Neon, for letting me do the project.

Here is the film below.

A Fantasy Football Fantasy

 

The Manning brothers and DIRECTV are at it again. This time they are promoting DIRECTV’s new Fantasy Zone Channel for all things fantasy football and with non other than a rap video, of course. I was lucky enough to be there on set while they shot it in New Orleans last month and can report that it was as hilarious in person as the final video. Joe Namath himself “helping Mom make stew” is not something you see every day. Congrats to DIRECTV, Grey and Director X for putting it all together.

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BKB Rosado Vera – That’s a wrap

The first Las Vegas installment of BKB is in the books. The main event was a great fight with both guys getting knocked down at one point before Gabriel Rosado beat Brian Vera in the 7th Round by TKO. It was the end of a crazy week of shooting for me. I shot all the fighters on the card for their tale of the tape shots for the broadcast as well as tons of key art for the next fight. We photographed the ring card girls, the weigh in, the fights themselves and also post fight portraits after the guys cleared their medical exam. Meanwhile everywhere you turned in Las Vegas last week you would be hit with a BKB ad. It was an impressive media buy and it filled the stadium. Here are a few of the many places the campaign popped up. A big thank you as always to the A-team at DIRECTV, John Vetter, Lauren Abrams and Max Jerome as well as a fantastic crew Mike Taft, Ken Proto, Mikey McNulty and of course Olga Postolachi.

BKB 3 – Fight week in Las Vegas

DIRECTV’s new twist on Boxing, BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) is going big time on Saturday with a fight in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay with Brian Vera and Gabe Rosado facing off in the main event. What’s so new about BKB? Well, they redesigned the ring into a round pit with no ropes. So there is nowhere to hide, no rope-a-dope and no obstructed view for the audience. The rounds are 2 minutes instead of 3 and the gloves are lighter than traditional boxing. It all adds up to more intensity, more action and more knockouts. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of BKB since the first fight, photographing the campaigns and fights as it’s grown, which has been really cool to see. I shot Gabe and Brian about a month ago for the campaign below and they are both super nice guys and I can honestly say I’ll be pulling for both of them on Saturday night. Tune in on PPV on any cable or Satellite provider to check it out or head out to a bar that will be showing the fights. A big thank you to the team at DIRECTV for bringing me onboard and making me look good with great creative and post – John Vetter, Lauren Abrams and Max Jerome.
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Pandora – Hearts of Today

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PANDORA Jewelry, one of the world’s leading jewelry brands, just launched a new initiative to celebrate the selfless work women do within their communities and around the world to improve the livelihood of women and children. PANDORA Americas began accepting nominations for the 2014 PANDORA Hearts of Today on July 28. To help identify the women with the strongest and most inspiring stories, PANDORA has assembled a board of five inspirational women leaders whose individual resumes also boast an impressive list of philanthropic work: human rights advocate, Penny Abeywardena; Emmy Award-winning journalist, Shaun Robinson; philanthropist, June Sarpong; sociologist and author, Dr. Pepper Schwartz; and Andrea Alvey, member of PANDORA A/S Board of Directors. I was lucky enough to shoot these incredible women of the jury and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this project. Click the image above to go to the PANDORA Hearts of Today site and nominate someone!

Monster Trucks with Danu

My 11 year old nephew, Danu is visiting from Moldova for the summer. It’s his first time in the United States. First time on a plane, in a big city, or really anywhere outside of his town in Moldova (He’s been to neighboring Ukraine a few times). He’s also a big car fanatic and loves anything with a motor. So when I saw there was a Monster Truck event at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, well it was too good to pass up. What better way to introduce him to America? He’s never been to a stadium or any kind of motor sports event either. I only had a little point and shoot camera with me but I managed to get some shots of the adventure. The last part of the night didn’t go so smoothly when the dark side of eating 2 hotdogs, a pretzel, cotton candy, fries, cookies and a gallon of soda hit home. America should be eased into it a little more slowly next time, at least at the concession stand.

AiCure Commercial Spot

AiCureA few months ago I was asked by AiCure to direct a spot that showed their technology in action and could serve as a quick way to communicate the power and scope of their solution for medication adherence. It’s pretty amazing technology and it was an interesting and inspiring challenge to come up with a narrative that would showcase both the user and monitoring sides of their technology. It was also a pleasure to be a part of something that has the potential to help many people in a variety of ways. A big thank you to Adam and Laura Hanina, Gordon Kessler, and Jeremy Peterson at AiCure. My Crew: DP Andrew Trost. Gaffer, Keagan Fuller. Grip, Alex Baker. H&MU, Martina K. Editor, Brian George. Actors, Angie Bullaro, Emily de Villa, David Pendleton, and Chris Rex Stone. Voice Over, Haneen Arafat MurphyCharlie Beyer for Movi expertise and Rick Kaplan at Sherpa Productions for camera support and advice.

Manhattan-Henged

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Manhattanhenge – when the sunset aligns exactly with the grid of Manhattan streets – happened today. It was supposed to be last night too but there were too many clouds. Glad it all lined up. It was worth the wait. But it only lasted about 3 minutes. Next time it will happen is July 12th.

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NYC from LIC

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I’ve never been much of a morning person, but having a baby sure changed that. It also meant it was time for a 2 bedroom apartment and our days in Tribeca were over. So back in August we found ourselves in a nice new place in Long Island City, with a great view of Manhattan. Since I’m on the early shift with the baby, I’m suddenly witness to the sunrise regularly for the first time in my life too. Every day it’s a different light show as the sun hits the city across the East River. As a photographer it would just be negligent not to shoot what’s happening out there. So here are a few of the many pictures, all taken from the same spot on my balcony, that have become the project – NYC from LIC.

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My new favorite background for Fitness mag.

140115_Fitness_635HThe new issue of Fitness magazine comes out today and my story with model Anna Louise Herzog doing some snazzy moves is in it. But it’s almost the background that’s the star of the shoot. A big thank you to Toby Kaufman and Karina Dearwood at Fitness for coming up with such a cool concept (and for thinking of me to shoot it) and to ACME Studios for doing a great job painting the syc. Yes, it was actually painted and there is no photoshop going on. Here is the story below:

 

Oscar Feud!

2013 Toronto International Film FestivalA big congratulations to Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave which won best picture at last weekend’s Academy Awards and John Ridley who won the Oscar for adapting the screenplay. It’s a great film and I was happy to see it win, but it seems these two may not have been happy to see each other win. Ridley didn’t thank McQueen in his speech and McQueen did a sarcastic clap when Ridley won. I guess the 2 are feuding over the writing credit for the film. Too bad. I photographed them both for different projects in the past and realized I had them in the same pose. I hope both winning a gold statue will help put it to rest.

 

Elijah Wood. Wouldn’t You?

I just received the new issue of Beyond Cinema in the mail and it’s another good one thanks to the hard work of Elliot Kotek, Peter Trimarco and Cory Michael Skaaren. It was a pleasure shooting Elijah again. He’s always easy going and fun, but in the end all he has to do is look at the camera with those piercing eyes. Click on the cover image to read the digital version of the mag online.

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