Shooting for the Gallery is the ultimate collaboration between the actor, photographer, director, producers, and the marketing team.
The image ultimately has to represent the vision of all these people and make the audience want to see the film.
I am equally comfortable shooting the gallery in a studio, or as in the image for One Week, with Joshua Jackson, in the middle of College Street in downtown Toronto.
Angourie Rice and Owen Teague were so generous with me and always willing to make images for the inspiring teen romance, Every Day. Based on the New York Times best seller of the same name, written by David Levithan, this feature directed by Michael Sucsy tells the story of tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. The result is an amazing tale that breaks down barriers of gender, ethnicity and champions empathy and tolerance.
I walked out of Yorkdale Mall in Toronto one night; I can't remember why but I decided to look back. My instinct served me well, for there hanging from the wall was my shot of Joshua Jackson on a forty foot high vertical billboard, taken for the incomparable, "One Week." I was so proud of that shot.I enjoyed being part of that film and working with Josh and the director Michael McGowan. They were hugely supportive of all I did and I wanted to be the best I could be for this great little film. Want to know some trivia? I set this shot up with Josh on College Street in Little Italy, Toronto. His image was then digitally edited into the background!
Based on the lives that inspired the Maysles Brothers’ classic documentary, this HBO Films drama tells the story of “Big Edie” Beale (Jessica Lange) and her daughter “Little Edie” (Drew Barrymore), who forged a unique bond while living in a ramshackle East Hampton mansion. Every scene in the film was visually rich and beautifully lit by cinematographer Mike Eley. Consequently, strong images like this presented themselves often and owing to the great relationship I shared with Mike, our Director Michael Sucsy and even the actors themselves, I was able to ask for and be given a few moments to make images like this one, that ultimately were used for billboards and advertising.
Dead Before Dawn
Half Zombie, Half Demon, Totally Zemon! What's not to love? On one of the hottest days of the summer, in an abandoned car dealership with one electrical outlet, I managed to light an entire gallery shoot. It was technically challenging but worth it as I got to work with an all time favorite amazing person, Christopher Lloyd and new fave from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Devon Bostick.
American Pie "The Naked Mile"
Eugene Levy is such a treat to work with. I had the opportunity to do so, first on Cheaper By The Dozen 2 and then most recently on American Pie 5 "The Naked Mile" and American Pie 6 "The Beta House." A warm man off camera, he brings the scene alive when on camera. As you watch him work the scene, each take evolves into something tighter and funnier. He is a pro and an excellent comedian.
Maggie Q is Nikita
Between Season 3 and Season 4, Nikita goes rogue and the producers wanted an image that might be used as a stylized "Wanted" poster to promote the next season. This was my favorite of the many images we took although not the one used. For me it captures the out of control toughness that her character embodies at this point in the series yet allows her inherent, intense beauty to peek through that hair.
Little Mosque On The Praire
Little Mosque on the Prairie is unabashedly Canadian, witty, brilliantly acted and one of the best shows I have worked on. The cast, crew and producers are like family and I was always happy when I got to work on "Mosque." This gallery shoot introduced a new character to the show, Reverend Thorne, the new Anglican minister. He is portrayed by Brandon Firla and if you thought John Cleese was funny in Fawlty Towers you haven't seen anything yet!
Tricia Helfer starred in the CanWest pilot "The Dealership." She was incredibly generous with her time and as interested in getting a great image as I was. We shot this is a real dealership although they didn't normally sell Aston Martin cars, like the one Tricia is sitting on here. We shot hundreds of frames but this one, both sexy and confident, seemed to capture the spirit of the show, where she takes over the dealership from her father and attempts to make a go of one of the toughest business' around.
Crime Spree had a dynamite cast but was one of the most challenging films to work on as the actors had extremely unique and demanding personalities. This image features Renaud, a French equivalent of Bob Dylan and Gérard Depardieu. The film also starred Harvey Keitel and Johnny Halliday, the french version of Elvis. I had to set up galleries whenever the location afforded an opportunity as one never new whether or not another chance might come up. This was one of the few films that I was also able to work with my wife; she designed all the hair styles in the film!
Cyberwarfare, cybercrime, and cyberterrorism are the tools enemies are turning to in order to attack the "mind" of the United States. Framed for a cyber-crime she didn't commit, FBI Special Agent Chloe Jocelyn, played by Missy Peregrym, is forced to go on the run in order to prove her innocence. We shot the gallery on a clean white seamless in an old factory in Hamilton, Ontario but you would never know it after the digital background has been added. All the cast were great fun on the shoot and did a fabulous job but Missy stood out not just as a skillful actor but as a strikingly beautiful person.
The Border is a fast-paced, hard-driving series set in Toronto in a paranoid post 9/11 world concerned with one topic - The Border, with its security crises, terrorist infiltrations, cross-border police actions, and trafficking in everything from enriched uranium to abducted children. Proudly Canadian, it is thought of as 24 but with a conscience. Very often, galleries must be shot in between the blocking of scenes while an episode is being shot. This demands a lot of cast and crew, especially the first A.D.! The day is chosen carefully, to ensure that as many of the cast as possible are already on set and don't have to be brought in especially for this one expensive shot.
Til Death Do Us Part
The one and only John Waters everyone! A very funny, quirky character, Waters also wrote and directed the original Hairspray. The premise of this show however was to look at all the different instances where the bride or groom tried to kill their partner on the way to the alter. Seriously. They chose the perfect host in John Waters.