Last week Entertainment Weekly asked me to head out to the Brooklyn Navy Yards to where they film the new hit FOX TV show The Following to shoot some portraits of Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore. It was a very cold and windy day and the guys had just wrapped a pretty intense interrogation scene involving some eye gouging, pipe hitting and suspect stomping, which is harder work than it sounds, but they were both good sports throughout our very cold shoot. Here are some shots that didn’t make it into the story that ran in todays issue as well as some behind the scenes pics from while they were filming. Thank you to Ahmed Fakhr at EW and Joanna Wolff at FOX for making it all happen. I am now officially only 1 degree away from Kevin Bacon.
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A couple weeks ago in Toronto I had the pleasure of photographing Ben Affleck and Tony Mendez, the real life CIA agent at the center of the true story the new movie Argo is based on for Entertainment Weekly. The issue just came out today with a great interview with both Tony and Ben who stars in and directed the film. Although I haven’t seen it, by all accounts it’s great with a unique mix of drama and comedy and is already getting Oscar buzz. If you haven’t seen the trailer you can watch it here. It’s opening in theaters in the US on Oct 12th.
It’s not everyday that you get to talk to a real life CIA agent (knowingly anyway) and it was interesting to hear how this story was one of 50 such tales that were declassified in 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of the CIA. It started as a book Tony wrote which was then optioned several times for a film but never went anywhere until about 4 years ago when it made it’s way to Ben. You can’t help but wonder how many other great stories Tony has that we will never hear. I wish them all the best with the film and hope it wins them both a gold statue in March.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot the reunions of some iconic TV show casts backstage at the TV Land Awards for Entertainment Weekly. We had (most of ) the casts of In Living Color (with the Fly Girls), Murphy Brown, One Day at a Time, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Laverne & Shirley. It was a great night and a lot of fun to see them all hang out together again, even if just for a few minutes.
When I heard Entertainment Weekly wanted me to go down to Dallas to spend a day shooting One Direction, I must say my first thought was “Who?”. If you find yourself asking the same question, then you must not be a teenage girl. But I quickly learned that One Direction is the latest British boy band sensation who had just debuted their first album at #1 in the US on the Billboard charts. Something no British act has ever done. Not the Beatles or Rolling Stones or anyone else you’ve heard of. Pretty impressive. So off to Dallas I went. When I arrived at the hotel at about midnight the night before, the first thing that seemed odd was the 30 or so teenage girls running around in the bushes in the parking lot and the state police guarding the entrance to the hotel. One Direction were in town for a fan appreciattion mini concert and autograph signing after a contest on Facebook to determine which city had the most fans. Dallas seems to have won and the event had to eventually be moved from a mall to the minor league ball park to accommodate the expected 10000 fans.
My assignment was to shadow the band all day and shoot whatever happened. A day in the life, if you will. I enjoy a nice day of taking pictures and have shot my fair share of concerts and live events. What I was not prepared for was the level of fan hysteria. Sure I’ve heard stories of screaming girls going back to Beatle mania, but does that kind of thing still happen? Well I can report that it most certainly does. And now the fans have Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to exponentially ratchet things up.
After sound check and some interviews in the locker room, the stadium was full and it was time to take the field. The picture above is the boys as they were about to walk out of the tunnel into the stadium and face the fans for their first real solo gig in America (they had only played the today show before this). It was a cool moment and I’m glad I was there to capture it. Thank you to their publicist Mike Navarra for helping make it happen. No matter what they do from here and how many other countless shows they will undoubtably play (Including being the musical guest on SNL tomorrow), there is only ever one first time.
What happened right after that picture as they walked past me onto the field can only be described as ear splitting. The girls (I only saw one boy and he was wearing a teletubby costume) erupted into an enormous collective scream that they then sustained for the rest of the hour long event. I’ve never heard anything like it and it was so high pitched and loud that my ears were actually cutting in and out at times. I’ve heard that screaming girls have set a decibel record at some venue beating out the previously loudest act, Mottorhead. I believe it. This is one of the many fan videos on YouTube, if you want the full experience. Here are a few of the shots from that day. You can also see some others on EW.com. I wish the boys the best of luck as they start out on their upcoming tour and thank you for letting me tag along.
The new season of Cougar Town debuted last night in it’s new time slot. I was lucky enough to shoot Courtney Cox and show creator Bill Lawrence for Entertainment Weekly, at their favorite lunch spot in Culver City, as they discussed the show and how it has evolved. Click the pic above twice to enlarge the article or head to a newsstand now and pick up a copy.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly came out today with the story I shot on the set of the hit TV show Happy Endings. Besides being a good looking’ bunch they are a lot of fun too. The show is doing very well and I wish them all the best for the future. A big thank you to everyone at EW, ABC and the crew at Paramount for all your help in making the shoot go smoothly.