Last week I worked with the Renegade Company to shoot some promo shots for their upcoming Philadelphia FringeArts piece, Damned Dirty Apes. Designed as a walking tour of FDR park, this new work explores themes of environmentalism and permanence.
I once again had the pleasure of working with Simpatico Theatre Project to design the postcard graphics for their production of Neil Labute's In A Dark Dark House. Below are the postcard graphics and marketing images I created for the production.
All photo edits were completed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. To compare the image during various phases of editing, click on the right or left of the image below, or use your keyboard's arrow keys to cycle through.
Final Postcard Design
Pictured here is a secrets box I created for my girlfriend as part of a Christmas gift. Special thanks to RD James Construction (aka, my Dad!) for the use of his workshop, tools, and materials. The dimensions of the box utilize the golden ratio and the design is influenced by natural geometry. The box is made primarily from cherry with walnut inlays/accents. The vine pattern which wraps around the sides is wood-burned in and the box is finished with a hand-rubbed antique furniture wax.
In November, my brother Matt took me horseback riding for the first time. He taught me how to groom, saddle, and feed the horses and we spent the afternoon riding through the back-woods of PA. I have wanted to post these photos for a month, but doing so would have ruined part of a Christmas gift.
Two of my brothers gave me a TriggerTrap dongle for my Canon 5D MkII for Christmas! TriggerTrap turns any smartphone or tablet device into a remote trigger for a DSLR camera. Earlier today, I took a few test shots; These photographs were captured by connecting my iPod Touch and 5D using the Triggertrap dongle and clapping once per photo to instruct the TriggerTrap app to fire the shutter. Below are the results.
I found out today that my sound composition work for Simpatico Theatre Project/Renegade Company's coproduction of The Amish Project has been nominated for the 2013 BroadwayWorld Philadelphia Awards! If you'd like to vote for me, click on the image above.
Below is the postcard I designed for Revolution Shakespeare's inaugural staged reading, Henry VI Part iii. Want to see how the original photograph became the final design? Click on the right or left of the image below or use your keyboard's arrow keys to find out!
Cast from left to right: Sean Bradley, Shamus Hunter McCarty, Cheryl Williams, Steve Wright, Genevieve Perrier, Dan Kern, Bi Jean Ngo, Eric Kramer, Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, and Jared Michael Delaney. (Missing: Akeem Davis)
The new website for The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia has launched, which means the testimonial videos I shot and edited are now up! Check them out by clicking the logo above.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Simpatico Theatre Project to design the postcard graphics for their upcoming producion of The Brothers Size. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how the postcard came together, from the photo shoot to the printing press.
MAKING THE PHOTO
The shoot took place in Lower North Philadelphia. Artistic Director, Allen Radway, scouted locations weeks prior, and found the perfect Auto Shop for the background. Actors Carlo Campbell and Akeem Davis were professionals through-and-through, despite the intense heat, sunlight being reflected into their faces, and 500+ photographs made. Below are a couple of the unedited photos from the shoot.
EQUIPMENT USED: 1 Canon 5D MkII | 1 Canon 24-70 f2.8L USM Lens | 1 Canon Speedlight 580EXII Flash | 1 36" Gold Reflector
- ISO 200
- White Balance corrected
- Exposure corrected
- Lens Profile corrected
- Chromatic Aberration removed
- Noise Reduction applied
- Clarity adjusted
LOCAL EDITS 1
- "Auto Body" Signage removed
- PA Inspection sign removed
- Security Notice sign removed
- Cardboard box logo removed
- PA License plate replaced with Louisiana license plate (appropriate to the setting of the show)
- Shadows and highlights adjusted on subjects
- Exposure adjusted on concrete ground
LOCAL EDITS 2
- "AC Auto" sign removed
- Row houses removed and replaced with a Southern Live Oak (appropriate to the setting of the show)
- Modern soda machine replaced with an old, rusty machine
- Show title added
- Playwright's name added
- Global warming-tint applied (to compensate for color-cooling when the gloss finish is applied in print)
Woohoo! The buttons for Matchbox Theatre Co's upcoming Fringe Arts production, The Playdaters, arrived today! They will be handed out around Philadelphia during the Fringe Arts Festival to promote the show.
To find out more about the show, check out this interview with director Griffin Stanton-Ameison.
Last night I got to see a designer run of The Renegade Company's upcoming Fringe Arts production of Bathtub Moby-Dick. This is not a show to be missed! Pictured above is the talented Ed Swidey, performing the role of Robert in this one-man show. To toggle between a "before" and "after" shot, click the arrow to the left or right of the image.
For tickets, a video trailer, and more information on the show, head over to http://www.therenegadecompany.org/
Just a couple shots I took during this weekend's sunrise adventure.
A two-minute trailer for The Renegade Company's upcoming production of Bathtub Moby-Dick . Original artwork by Eric Scotolati. Animation created in Apple Motion, video edited in Final Cut Pro, and sound edited in Soundtrack Pro.
For more info about the show, check out www.therenegadecompany.org
August 13th marked the launch of Philadelphia's newest theatre company, Revolution Shakespeare (for which I am the Art Director.) Above is the logo I designed for the company and below are photos of the stickers I issued for the launch event. About 80 people attended the launch, which included season announcements, staged readings of Shakespeare scenes, a raffle, sonnets set to music, and plenty of drinking. Future marketing media will include a website, video opening graphics, banners, and more. Viva la Revolution!
A couple shots from my recent hiking trip with Jenna Stelmok on the Wissahickon Valley Trail system.
On a recent trip to Florida, I couldn't help but film a couple shots out the window of the plane with my iPod Touch. This video has no sound, due to the choir of crying children which comprised it.
Pictured above is an English Ivy vine I cloned from a trimming collected in Philadelphia. Over the next couple years, I will be forming and clipping its growth to create an Ivy Bonsai. Click on the image to expand.