I’v been a big fan of this guy for quite some time. These photos are from an installment of ‘Felt Up’, it’s a series that Simon has been working on for a while. From what I understand, Simon records his friends and acquaintances on his iPhone describing embarrassing stories where afterward, he storyboards and plays the stories out with puppets. They’re fantastic reenactments, and you should check them out here Simon Glassman’s Felt Up. Actually while I’m at it, I might as well take this opportunity for some shameless self promotion, listen to our podcast interview on Robocop Vs the Nazis Simon Glassman talks about ‘Felt Up’ | Robocop Vs the Nazis
Just before shooting this I spent about a week in bed with some kind of weird flu… well maybe it was cancer? aids?… hmm cancer-aids? Yeah… I’ll stop here, we know where this is headed. Anyway, here are the shots from 4 weeks ago. I struggled quite a bit with these, my D7000 is backfocusing a silly amount, with some tinkering on the AF-fine tuning it’ll work until I get it serviced. I’m not tying to blame my gear here, I actually found the challenge gave me some positive pressure. I’m really far too proud to let something like this prevent me from taking a decent shot. I ended up putting more energy and focus into getting a good image than I have in a very long time. They’re not my best shots, but I enjoyed taking them. Oh… well, it’d be a little self serving if I just talked about myself and my own feelings and completely neglect the film maker here, so I guess I’ll break that habit. This was made by some old friends of mine, Tyler MacIntrye (director) and John Negropontes (Producer). These guys moved to LA a few years back to further their film educations at AFI. They’ve since finished their formal education and have been working both here in Canada and in the U.S. They were back in Edmonton at the beginning of the year to shoot a short Canadiana film called ‘Shinny’. I wont say much about it as it has yet to be cut and released, but if you want to hear more about these guys, check out the two part episode of Robocop Vs The Nazis (shameless plug) Tyler MacIntyre and John Negropontes | Robocop Vs The Nazis
James Cadden needed a place to shoot one weekend a while back, so Ryan and I offered our place up. I’ve known James for years from working with him on various projects but I’ve never really had the “James Cadden Experience”… it started with unloading, and filling our upstairs with toolboxes full of make-up supplies, a tripod mounted camera dolly, lights, light stands, a smoke machine (wasn’t used), and various slices of preformed latex and fingertips. After everything was finally inside, Ben Dextraze showed up with his squeeze Jessica and we all proceeded to apply heavy amounts of make-up and latex… I think we finished shooting with the final stage around 4am the first night and repeated the entire thing the next day. I have to say, Ben Dextraze is a really good sport. He spent several hours with plastic glued to his face and unable to move his neck during which two creepy guys were rubbing more makeup into his skin and whispering things like “Ben, I really want to fuck your neck vagina right now”. Well done sir. If you want to see James’s short check it out here Leash – A body horror short film
No, I didn’t die or anything like that, I just transitioned from the “pretend you’re busy” phase to the “actually busy” phase. Since my last post I’ve changed things up with a new day job, semi-retired from the wedding photo racket, and have been and will continue hosting and producing my local film/theatre/nerd podcast ‘Robocop Vs The Nazis’. So, why the new website? Well, first of all it’s 4 years old, which is something like a thousand internet years, it was time. Secondly, the scope of what I want from blog isn’t just about photos any more. I’m not done with snap snaps but, I feel like it wouldn’t hurt to share this space with my thoughts and other projects. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more photos from the past year. In the mean time, check out the latest three posts, I apologize as some of the photos are over a year old.
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Three weeks last spring Ryan Byrne and Chris Hill shot a 10 part webseries called The People That Touch Your Food in Edmonton. It’s pretty neato that I’m friends with these guys, they managed to pull this off with only a pair of cheap dslrs (Canon T2i), a tripod, one mic with boom, some borrowed lights, and a handful of friends. It came together and actually ended up being pretty super swell, I could ramble off about it but, you might as well just go to the website <a href=”foodseries.tv>FoodSeries.tv (designed by me)</a> and check it out. Anyway, I hope these tickle you.