2/27/2013

FLXyoga - London

Once again months have passed since my last post. Time to get back to it!! If you've followed what I've been up to on facebookvimeo, or instagram, you know I've had a lot of great projects on the go this past year. I'll hopefully have time to write about all that at some point. For now, here's a little something about a recent shoot in London, ON.

I was asked to head down to shoot a 60 minute instructional video for FLXyoga. They had an amazing looking location selected, it was full of character and I was so excited to get over there and get started.  When I finally arrived in London and we got to our set (an old abandoned library), it quickly became obvious that there were way too many obstacles to deal with. For many reasons, the space wouldn't work and instead of setting up and shooting, we'd have to move on to plan B.

Plan B was spending the rest of the day with a very interesting property manager, going from one ugly empty space to another until we got to the very last option of the day.  It was perfect!  - sigh of relief -

Well, it was almost perfect. There was a maze of hallways, staircases and locked doors to drag all the gear through to get to it, several extension cords were needed to bring power from a lower floor of the building so I could light the area. Large windows needed to be covered to avoid inconsistencies from sunlight shining in at different times throughout the day, and to top things off, the large space was not heated. So, our three fantastic models had to spend several hours freezing (warming up with space heaters between takes), which you'll notice when you see the goosebumps on a close-up of one of the models' shoulders.

We started setting up early in the morning, and a long 17 hours later, that was a wrap!  Everyone was exhausted, but it was well worth it. I'm so happy the models stuck with it and stayed positive in spite of the cold, and I'm extremely grateful to Eric Rockburn of Red Button Photography for giving up his time and helping out with all the oh-so-glamourous behind the scenes stuff. There was no shortage of setbacks that were out of our control on this project, but everyone was great and just rolled with it. It didn't cross anyone's mind to give up, and I think it shows.

As I worked on editing the hour long piece, I decided to put together a short teaser video with some of the highlights.  Below are a few screen captures, as well as the teaser.  Check it out!