Week 2 – fire, ballet… and a belated video
First off, a one week late video… !! It was actually ready to go right before our car accident but hey… it’s still a great update so we figured we’d put it online for you to enjoy and make a new one featuring our latest escapades!
It’s going to be quite a challenge to figure out how to get you guys all updated on what’s been happening… so I guess the best is to start from the beginning! We’ve had an absolutely amazing shoot in Bratislava with Ana Beschia from the National Slovak Theater. The shoot was divided into two parts – 8AM wakeup call to be ready in downtown Bratislava for 9 AM … shoot until 2 PM followed by a studio photoshoot until 8 PM! It was quite amazing to walk through the streets of bratislava with a group of gorgeous ladies in tutus and handsome men in tights and having them pose on top of local monuments. Yes.. on top! The shots are absolutely fabulous and they’ve already begun inquiring about the possibility of using the shots for advertisements!
12 hours later, we were back on the road barreling towards Paris to prepare for our next shoot. Rather than tackle a 15 hour drive to Paris we took it easy and settled for a smaller 12h one and stayed overnight at Metz, France with Antoine Willaeys fellow photographer. Of course, we didn’t miss out on the opportunity to do an early morning photoshoot together the next morning to depict our insane car accident accompanied with a pretty nifty behind the scenes video. Antoine edited the shots so fast that before we were in Paris, the whole thing was already ready! Definitely check out his work… there’s some amazing stuff in his portfolio!
Straight after the shoot, we sped off to meet up with Pyrotechnician Andrey Das. We met up with him directly in a tiny town outside of Paris called Dreux to prepare for a shoot at our next location – an abandoned Asylum. We did some initial scouting and test shots to make sure that we’d be ready for some exciting challenges the next day. Since we knew that we would be shooting all night we wanted to have a couple concepts really solidly sketched out and ready to go.
We spent the rest of the night brain storming potential concepts that could be brought to life. Andrey Das was such a passionate and exciting individual to get to know that before we knew it, it was already 5 AM. Fortunately, this more or less went with the plan since our shoot was scheduled to begin at 8 PM that night. We took the time to have a late afternoon lunch in the centre of Paris before swining by to visit our sponsors for the first time from LovinPix. They had just received a brand new Konovo Motorized Slider and wanted us to have it for our tour. We were more than happy to oblige… !
By that time, we were already late and quickly set off to visit Dreux, once again. After gathering all the talent at the public train station we spent the rest of the time figuring out how we were going to hide 7 vehicles. We finally settled for a parallel street and after a little bit of cat & mouse with the groundskeeper we were successfully settled in for the night. We did quite an interesting variety of photographs and by the time we decided to leave it was 5 AM. The evening went by quite eventfully with Erwan even catching on fire at one point in time when flakes of burning gelatine landed on his back, crotch and arms. All things considered though, things turned out quite amazing. Here’s one of the resulting shots:
By the time things were all packed up and ready to go, it was almost 6 AM and rather than head off home, we were forced to head towards the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to pick up a new Peugot van that was going to replace our fancy Nissan. Unfortunately things are never simple and after a 1700 euro penalty (accident charges), 2 hours of haggling back and forth and 250 euros of gas later… we were back on the road to hang out to sleep. By the time we hit the sack… it was Noon…
[… to be continued…]