Working as a photojournalist in Los Angeles means you don’t just push the pen for the trades, but often get to shoot with your camera gear on a diverse range of jobs. Sometimes it requires you shoot on film sets in Hollywood.
It’s a difficult task to garner the images required to promote a film, especially when actors of the caliber of Laurence Fishburne, Paul Walker and Olivia Wilde permeate the set – as was the case when I photographed on The Death and Life of Bobby Z.
You have to know how to stay out of the way, allow the actors to work their magic – but get into positions that allow you to capture the best imagery possible.
You have to blend in, disappear, find the angles amid the crew, shoot with a sound blimp the size of a fridge, stay true to the task, get up at the crack of dawn and… often go back to bed an hour before the crack of dawn once you’ve edited the day’s shoot, only to drag your tired ass out of bed for yet another day of fun!
Sometimes fires permeate close by as you set your camera for the next shot…
Forcing you to take the necessary precautions:
It’s worth the ride!
But, above it all, when the magic is there you can uncover some truly beautiful moments with the lens that makes it all worthwhile. On this feature I was was working with one of the best cinematographers in the business – John Bailey, a maestro who has lensed some iconic features including American Gigolo, Groundhog Day, Silverado, The Big Chill and In The Line of Fire.
Above is the poster that came together to promote the film – and some more of my images here in a slideshow for context: