No Weekly Roundup this week! I just got back from my Austin, Texas trip. Which was incredibly awesome by the way. But, I'm too fried to post a blog. The good news is, my interview with the good folks at Snapwire is now live. In my interview, I talk about my creative process from shooting and working with talent to how I edit. I also offer tips and insight into how you can become a better creative. Okay, see you next week!
Welcome to my weekly roundup of all that is awesome from this week (2.15-2.20.15)! This was a fun week full of images, trailers, and new developments to share. Check it out:
PR Daily found that 68% of HR managers in the U.S. think it’s OK for your desk to be messy. Some said it’s a sign of a creative person. However, 32% indicated they wondered whether a worker with a messy desk is organized and effective. Well, I got quoted and let them know that I keep a neat desk. Although... it never starts that way and the beginning of a new day. Read more here to see my full quote.
Fact. James Cameron's Aliens is one of my all-time favorite movies. For all of you writers and filmmakers out there, if you want a prime example about pacing... look no further. It's the perfect blueprint for stacking the odds against your hero with each obstacle they overcome. Another fact. I fucking loved District 9. I have been a fan of Neil Blomkamp's since the early days of his short films (some of which directly influenced his feature films). So. NEW fact... Neil Blomkamp is officially going to direct the next installment in the Aliens franchise. I'm so thrilled to see what he's going to do with the series. I advice you to look up how this all came together because Blomkamp pretty much pitched his concept for a new film through Instagram. It went viral. Then picked up by media outlets. Now, he's got a new movie. Smart.
Director, Zack Snyder busted a move in the middle of the night and released the first official image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman on Twitter and... he looks dope as hell. BUT, DC wasn't the only one to provide an inside scoop into an upcoming franchise film. Bryan Singer (who by the way is really mastering social media) showed off some concept artwork for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film.
Madeline Stone wrote a fantastic piece on the Silicon Beach movement. I highly recommend you check it out: See why more startups than ever are setting up shop on the beach in Los Angeles. I think it offers some real insight into what's happening out here with tech startups. Besides the awesome weather, it's pretty cool being a part of the growing tech movement in L.A.
Mad Men was highly influential in my desire to be more of a presence in marketing/advertising. Mad Men really highlighted that marketing is simply a different form of storytelling. Now Mad Men is heading into its final run of episodes and if this new trailer is any indication it's going to be... groovy. BTW, I laughed my ass off when I saw Pete. Jesus. That's one miserable bastard.
I live tweeted #SNL40 last Sunday and it was so much fun to watch. Nostaligic really. I saw literally everyone I wanted to see. Including Eddie Murphy (even though it was lame as shit that he didn't do anything). SNL is interesting from a pop culture stand point. For it to be on the air for 40 years... WOW. That means I've never known what it was like to not have SNL around. Amazing.
I caught wind of a Hollywood Reporter piece about the Chinese money well that's been funding film studios may be finally drying up. If that happens... what does that mean? This is something to definitely pay more attention too with the evolution of transmedia and the tightening of purse strings. The film business is again changing. Side Note: I remember a time when Deadline: Hollywood use to get these types of scoops before anyone else. Now, it's catering more towards casting scoops and interviews than actual insider information. Very interesting.
Thanks for checking out my weekly blog and the awesome messages you've been sending my way. It's great to hear from you. Feel free to leave me comments below and follow me on Twitter. This Sunday night is the Oscars so, I will obviously be live tweeting the show. Even though this year's event has an undercurrent of controversy, it's still the goddamn Oscars. Must watch TV in my house. Catch you next week?
While I was back at home on the east coast, my sister coordinated some photoshoots for me. DeAndre Bennett was one of the models we selected from a casting call I posted on Model Mayhem. I loved his entire style. Our photoshoot was in downtown D.C. at Meridian Hill Park. It was a really cool spot with so much fantastic scenery. DeAndre was so much fun to shoot and had this amazing artistic style to the way he modeled. While we were shooting I had to tell him he reminded me of Corbin Bleu. He laughed, already hearing that for the millionth time. Then he added that he also hears... Jaden Smith and Jimi Hendrix. At the time I was like "Yeah, I can see that." But, after editing these pics all I can see now is the hybrid mix of Smith/Hendrix...LOL.
Want to see more from DeAndre? Take a look at his site on the link above and you can also follow him on Instagram.
Wardrobe: Sweater + Pants (Urban Outfitters) and Necklace (Clutchesherpearls).
As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to share some more shots of frequent collaborator, Willie Sparks. We did some fantastic work together this year for his fashion blog, Sparks N Style. These shots were taken in Venice, California earlier this year, and we never got a chance to share them. I really loved the style Willie put together for this shoot. It's got a fun beachy look to it.
A while back I was shooting one of my favorite people around... thy lady, Ambar Januel. She is a woman of many talents... an artist, actress, world traveler, critical thinker... she's a tough one to keep up with. Check out her artwork on her website and be on the look out for more of her work showcased in Los Angeles.
For this shoot we had two looks with different styles. I really dig the pastel colors of Ambar's pink dress and the background. Gave it a little bit of a tropical, retro feel. With the second look, I was going for more of a "Vogue" style.
Writer’s Note: I would eventually fall in love with this special woman. We created a successful digital agency and home together. If you’re ever lucky enough to fall in love and find your soulmate. Cherish them with every piece of you.
I'm a big supporter of Movember and men's health. When my buddy (and stylist) Judson Hill from Trunk Club invited me to a joint event they were having I had to go. So, me, and some of the Buddytruk peeps attended the event in Culver City. It was an all-around fun event and gave us a chance to show our support for Movember... with style.
A few weeks ago, I spoke with Los Angeles, blog, Creations LA and talked a bit about my career and offered some tips to hopefully inspire others to follow their dreams. It was a fun interview that you might find pretttttttyyyyy, pretttttyyyyy... interesting.
Check out the interview here.
I'm a HUGE fan of High Snobiety. Love the style. Love the content. Love it all. So, I signed up to their fashion photography community, and started using the hashtag, #SNOBSHOTS for my Instagram pics that were fashion related. A few hours later, one of my photos shows up on their Twitter feed to freaking promote #SNOBSHOTS. LOL. VERY COOL and how shall we say... random. Take a look at a screenshot I took of the Twitter post and check out a few shots from my previous Sparks N Style fashion shoots below. If you want to check out more #SNOBSHOTS you can just keep an eye out for new shots on my Instagram feed.