The model is Viktoriya Sasonkina
The model is Viktoriya Sasonkina
I’ve come to London for a couple of weeks for a couple of projects, the first one being with my friend and fashion photographer James Mountford. Shot at the marvelous Town Hall Hotel, and styled by Way Perry this could be considered our first trial in making something a bit more cinematic than our other works together. The star of the film is Ilona from Union Models.
I also made the soundtrack for this, helping give it the twist that we usually like.
I’ve never had a passion for skateboarding, but using one as a camera dolly was rather exciting.
Since moving to NYC I have made some new friends. One of my first acquaintances in New York was a hilarious spanish guy called Aingeru Zorita who wears an amazing tache and incredibly bright red socks. After gaining a few years’ experience as Phil Poynter‘s first assistant, this year he started working more on his own shoots, slowly building up a very cool portfolio.
Here’s something we filmed during one of his latest shoots for Metal Magazine, featuring Ranya Mordanova (ranked #36 on models.com), wearing Matthew Ames, styled by our friend Angela Esteban Librero. Shot on the 5D and slowed down in After Effects.
The music is by my friend Marta de Pascalis who lives in Rome. She’s an upcoming talent in electronic music!
Film: Aingeru Zorita & David Terranova
Music: Marta de Pascalis
Model: Ranya Mordanova @ Ford Models
Stylist: Angela Esteban Librero
Makeup: Fara Homidi for Chanel Beauty
Hair: Shin Arima @ Frank Reps
Production: Wei-Li Wang
The JPLS video is finished, I’m waiting for it go through the Minus machine for it to be released officially! Check out some of the still shots.
An enormous project for Plastikman Live is about to kick off in 10 days, I’ll be going to Tokyo with Hawtin & Co to produce a monster of a film project that dwarfs everything else I’ve ever worked on so far.
Déjà vu… It’s 1AM on a Thursday night and I’m overlooking the streets of Shoreditch from my brother’s office while waiting for a render to finish. I’m back in London for a brief visit, and thanks to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland my flight back to New York has been cancelled and I’ve been stranded here for 5 days more than I planned.
So while I’m currently juggling 4 video projects (including work for Richie Hawtin, REBELRAVE, and Ghostly International) I decided to take the day off today to spend it working with James Mountford to make this, which we filmed a few weeks ago in New York when he came to pay a visit.
James had popped over to New York for a fashion shoot, and while he spent a week there we thought it to be a good chance to shoot something together. So he made a few phone calls, and within the hour he managed to secure the help of makeup artist Tamah K and model Irina Vodolazova.
On the day of the shoot we went to my rooftop and rigged 3 small digital cameras together on a piece of wood, so while I filmed on my regular camcorder and James filmed on a Canon 5D, we took it in turns to also film with this triple camera setup, which produced a whole bunch of footage of Irina filmed from slightly different angles that can be synced together with interesting results!
But this has also meant that it’s a pretty complex edit, so while time has been ticking away, and while I found myself a mile away from James’ place today, we thought of editing this secondary footage that we shot in the elevator, which is a lot simpler: it shows a fairly aggressive-looking Irina in a grungy elevator breathing heavily in distress.
Just a note on the video: more than anything else I see it as a humorous take on the typical Fashion Video that seems to be the craze these days.
Part II will be coming soon!
I am so excited about this because I have finally had the chance to collaborate properly with James Mountford on a commissioned film.
James and I go quite a while back, right back to my teenage years in Rome. While I delved into the nerdy world of web and programming, I felt little connection to his own work even though it always fascinated and inspired me. But this year has been the year where I have taken a new direction with things by leaving Flash behind and entering a new world of video, and James’ photography has really inspired me to work with him on fashion-based concepts, bringing his stark style into video form.
So after trying things out together on simple videos like Angie and Lydia K, we often spoke about making something a bit more substantial. And coincidentally Wonderland Magazine asked him if he wanted to make a fashion film for them, which he involved me into to collaborate with.
We developed the idea of a live projection feed, featuring two characters on two different film sets, one set being projected onto the other in real time. The concept was to use light and shadow from one set to hide and reveal parts of the other set, which opened up a mind-boggling combination of different options, the variables being the background and character colours of each set, in different combinations with each other.
Soon enough we had found our two stars: Nick Cave’s son Jethro Cave and his girlfriend Sophie Willing. Finding a couple was perfect: our two film sets were to be opposite each other so that the characters could interact with each other across the studio, so the fact that they actually had a special connection was the icing on the cake.
So here is a story about afterlife.
The makeup is by the fabulous Adam de Cruz and the hair by Ben Mohapi, both from Punishment.
A big thank you goes to Way Perry from Wonderland Magazine for making all of this possible.
Oh and here‘s a video I shot on my phone that might give you a better idea of how this was set up.
With the end of the year approaching I’ve had to push a little extra to wrap up any outstanding work before my life gets turned upside down in four weeks. First on the list is Lydia K.
Marko Perendija and I were asked by Mark Knight to produce some visuals to back him over the course of his world tour. So with the help of James Mountford we put together a shoot with dancer/model Lydia.
For the purposes of the visuals we actually processed the footage in such a way to make Lydia barely recognizable: the photographic elements were stripped down to become rather graphical, as opposed to photo-realistic, which is in fact more suited for club-visuals.
We delivered these visuals quite some time ago now, and it felt like a bit of a waste to have all this footage crushed down to an unrecognizable pulp of shapes and colours, so I thought of making something else out of it. So here is a short promo dedicated to Lydia as she worked so hard for us and had so much patience under those hot lights.
The amazing sounds are by a talented duo from Rome who make disturbingly good experimental/electronic music. Their unreleased album “Platforms” is played on repeat during my every night shift in the studio. They are called Plaster (plastersounds.com | facebook).
Thanks also go to Holly Silius for the hair and makeup, and to Bayo @ The Eye Casting for finding Lydia!
And of course to my buddies Marko Perendija and James Mountford (blog | portfolio), who nowadays I find extremely hard to work without.
A few weeks ago my friend James was taking pictures for Anastasia Kollakis, an up and coming jewelry designer from Greece. During a break he decided to film the model for a few minutes using a small digital camera, thinking that the footage would be good to create a test promo for Anastasia.
So with a few tweaks and some extreme time-stretching this is what we came up with.
Six months ago James Mountford and I got together to shoot the lovely Angie for the visuals for TRNSSTR (I wrote about this some time ago). Angie’s slow and snakey movements go really well with the fast and roaring beats of TRNSSTR, however they go even better with the deep and slow sounds of Orbital’s soundtrack to Octane (♫), as both image and sound move in harmony at the same pace.
So tonight I finished off this quick edit which I started a couple of days ago…
I’m also looking forward to visiting Japan with Damian Lazarus this Thursday, where he/we will be performing in Nagoya, Tokyo (Womb) and Osaka.