October 29, 2010
Tom Corbett and Fashion Director Shelly Vella take classic British clothes and transform them into funky and cool looks for Cosmopolitan UK’s October issue. Timeless tweeds, trenchcoats, and plaids get updated for the modern Cosmo reader. Model Kim Cloutier shows off her energetic, sassy attitude on the set in the studio in New York. The French-Canadian stunner has also starred in Victoria’s Secret and L’Oreal campaigns.
Look for more of Tom’s fashion stories in the upcoming November and December issues of Cosmo Germany.
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October 26, 2010
FWY Studios collaborated with Hill Holliday to create a seasonal 15-second television spot for Dunkin’ Donuts. Two adorable Halloween party-goers stand before the last donut. Some devilish trickery ensues, and Dunkin’ Donuts invites the viewer to share in the Halloween fun. Says FWY Studios, “The challenge was conveying the angel/devil relationship in 6 seconds with only 2 camera angles. The result is a fun Halloween trick-or-treat.”
Viewers will be sure to delight at the characters and animation that FWY Studios have created. The television spot is airing now, look for it on a commercial break! Read more »
October 25, 2010
Taylor Swift is on the cover of People magazine’s November 1st issue to promote her new album Speak Now, available October 25th, 2010. Inside, she talks about her fast rise to success, what makes her happy, and the autobiographical songs that have people guessing. Any potential love interest should not be surprised if he ends up in a few of her lyrics. She tells People magazine about her propensity to draw from personal experiences, “This is album No. 3, so I figure that these people have had fair warning.”
Brian Doben photographs the young star for the cover and feature story, the images reflect her easy-going attitude and girl-next-door appeal. The outdoor setting and feminine clothing play up her sweet and unabashed attitude. Despite her four Grammy awards, the singer admits “I’ve never felt like the coolest girl in the room. Ever.” Read the entire interview in this week’s issue of People magazine and buy the iPad appfor a special behind the scenes video.
The cover of the November 1st issue of People magazine, featuring country/pop musician Taylor Swift
The People magazine shoot took place on the Johnny Cash compound outside of Nashville. In the behind the scenes video, Swift recalls the significance of shooting on the Cash compound – the same place where she shot her first music video with Tim McGraw.
Says Doben, “[Taylor Swift] photographs very well. She’s not a difficult subject.” The two bonded over their mutual love of Tokyo, with Doben imparting some tips on hidden Tokyo for the singer’s upcoming world tour.
The day of the shoot started out bright and sunny until the rain began to pour down heavily. This shot was actually taken during the torrential rain!
The 20-year-0ld singer/songwriter baked cookies for the entire crew and personally handed them out to everyone.
Doben notes, “[Taylor Swift] is an extremely talented songwriter who I have always wanted to photograph.” He got his wish on his birthday, photographing her last week.
Brian Doben has collaborated with People magazine on several issues and covers. Check back in a few weeks when we reveal an upcoming project also featuring Taylor Swift!
Publication: People Magazine
Issue: November 1st, 2010
Story: Taylor Swift, My Untold Story
Photography: Brian Doben
Prop Styling: Loren Lyons
October 22, 2010
Bigshot Toyworks helps Sun Bum bring their love-able ape face logo to life with 16″ tall vinyl figures (shown above) and 2.5″ keychain figures. The vinyl toys and keychains are used as promos in-store and as takeaways during tradeshows. Sun Bum is a line of specially formulated sunscreens that protect the skin from UV rays.
Bigshot Toyworks transformed the existing icon without losing the essence of the original image. The translation from 2D image to 3D figure has bode well for Sun Bum, retailers reported quick sales of their display figures as well as immediate reorders for more figures.
The original Sun Bum logo
The digital sculpture by Bigshot Toyworks, to be broken down for production
The final Sun Bum vinyl figure and keychains in production
The 2.5″ keychain versions features a closed finger/thumb sculpt on the hand that allows for a ball-chain to be threaded through. This allows for the sturdy attachment of the keychain while avoiding additional pieces or carved holes that would detract from the integrity of the character.
Sun Bum Retail display
Bigshot Toyworks at Bernstein & Andriulli
Bigshot Toyworks on Behance
October 21, 2010
Ever since he was a child, Sergio del Puerto has been trying to make still lifes with his toys. His love of creating pleasing compositions out of everyday materials has translated into his design firm, Serial Cut. Established in 1999, Serial Cut delivers quality art direction, illustration, animation, 3D rendering, and graphic design.
Pictured above is one of Serial Cut’s newest works, a reinterpretation of the MTV logo to promote The Hard Times of RJ Berger. The MTV comedy series follows the daily life of a well-endowed teenager. Debuting in summer 2010, MTV has renewed the series for a second series to begin in 2011. Serial Cut turns the recognizable “M” into a set of hairy legs underneath a pair of underwear showcasing a generous bulge. Special guest Read more »
October 20, 2010
Stuart Hall was in Motor City Detroit to photograph the new 2011 Dodge Ram truck series. The images showcase the versatility of the Dodge Ram trucks – hauling materials for landscaping, agriculture, and more. The powertrain makes it easy for the trucks to navigate through construction sites and the flexible chassis allows the vehicle to adapt to many situations. Look for the images online and in print.
Agency: The Richards Group
Creative Director/Art Director: Jeff Hopfer
Retouching: Robert Frolich at Filtre Studios
Photography: Stuart Hall
October 20, 2010
Running takes on another dimension with the Nike+ GPS App for iPhones. The Nike+ App allows people to track and record all of their runs, from metrics such as distance and time to which leg of the run was the fastest. Users can also log online to set up running challenges with friends and compare each person’s progress. At the completion of each challenge, listen to a recording of encouragement from Nike athletes and celebrities.
Nike celebrates the unveiling of their new iPhone app with a new campaign by ilovedust. The graphics by ilovedust are displayed in Nike stores internationally. Sarah Worthington of ilovedust says, “ilovedust has been working on the Nike+ GPS iPhone App campaign for some time and are very excited it’s finally happened. The artwork was to support the launch of the new Nike+ iPhone app campaign. A lot of ideas, a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it! A proud moment for ilovedust as this has now been rolled out across Niketowns worldwide!” Read more »
October 18, 2010
British brand Asos debuts their first ever advertising campaign for autumn/winter 2010 by The Selby. The “Model’s Own” campaign is “a study of individuals photographed in their own personal spaces.” Models express their identity with Asos clothing, photographed where they feel the most at home. Celebrate fashion, be playful, and discover new ideas and inspiration.
“Model’s Own” refers to the magazine custom of crediting the model for wearing his/her own clothes at a shoot, often mixed in with designer goods that a stylist picked. Asos is sold exclusively online, and in each image the models make Asos clothing part of their own identity. The Selby comments “Asos is really different than any brand we have in America as they sell a wide range of great designers. It’s all about accessibility which I think is great.” Read more »
October 18, 2010
Jeremy Renner, Oscar nominated for his role in The Hurt Locker and appearing now in The Town with Ben Affleck, graces the cover of the Autumn/Winter Men’s Style issue of The Telegraph. Jim Wrightphotographed him in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, capturing the Renner’s “test-pilot, cowboy aura” as Hurt Locker costar Sam Rockwell put it.
Since The Hurt Locker won 6 Oscars and The Town has garnered favorable reviews, Renner is busy in a slew of upcoming films. He reunites with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow for Triple Frontier, a movie set in South America. There is also a yet to be named Paul Thomas Anderson film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the role of Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers.
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October 14, 2010
This weekend in New York City October 9-11, RE:FORM SCHOOL will be taking over 233 Mott St. in a call for the reform of the American Public Education System. RE:FORM school is an art exhibition, event series, and public awareness campaign that believes it is the right of every child to have access to high quality education. It is open to the public between 10:00am-6:00pm.
Artists involved include Andrew Bannecker, Gary Baseman, FriendsWithYou, Shepard Fairey (founder ofStudio Number One), Tes One (pictured above: Wonders Never Cease), TrustoCorp, and many more. Events include a silkscreening workshop with Faile, a paper mural workship with WK Interact, and a breakdancing class with Ken Swift. Don’t forget to stop by the old fashioned bake sale! Proceeds support local arts and education. Read more »
October 13, 2010
A new line of next generation KFC concept stores are opening in locations in Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom, featuring a series of lifestyle photographs by Michael Warren and murals by Tim Marrs. KFC hopes to roll out 100 of these new stores within the next three years.
The new in-store artwork has a youthful urban feel aimed at people 18-25 years old, but also the diverse audience that walks through the doors on a daily basis at any KFC. The result is edgy, hip, and fun.
Says Marrs, “I wanted to keep it gritty but with a sense of hope and life; using bright and vivid colors that complimented the brand and a dynamic composition sweeping across the canvas. Because of its scale it was perfect to mix abstract and real space up and try and push my work forward a little.”
While Marrs has done previous outdoor murals, this is his first permanent interior fixture. He reflects, “The challenging thing for me about this job was its potential final scale, so to get a better sense of space, format and composition I went old school and started with black and white photocopies that ended up being a meter or so long. I then photographed these and used it as a starting point for the final composition. Though it went through numerous changes and tweaks it kept the feel of the dynamic background I created from the original collage.”
Marrs’ collage and Warren’s photos come together to liven up the food chain. The first next-gen store opened up in Shibuya, Tokyo this summer. Look for new ones opening up in the United Kingdom, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Mural by Tim Marrs
Photos by Michael Warren
Client: Yum! Brands
Agency: Subzero Design
Creative Director: Bill Leissring, Lee Leissring
Photography: Michael Warren
Mural: Tim Marrs
October 12, 2010
Diver & Aguilar’s Caravaggio-inspired “Chiaroscuro” shoot is catching the eye of the creative industry. Originally published in the October 2010 issue of Riders Moda, it is featured in Creative Review’s Photography Annual 2010, a Behance newsletter, and XFUNS magazine. The photography duo pays homage to Caravaggio’s use of light and dark with images modeled after famous paintings such as The Calling of Saint Matthew, Bacchus, and The Cardsharps.
Mike Diver of Diver & Aguilar notes, “[Pedro Aguilar and I] have always been interested in Caravaggio’s paintings because of the filmic quality they have and also because his life story is one of the most fascinating and mysterious of all of the great painters. Pedro also studied an M.A in fine Art, so our photographs are often inspired and influenced by painting, sculpture, and film.”
The Calling of Saint Matthew
Diver further explains:
“Caravaggio’s painting’s were never straight forward, his method of portraying the religious mise-en-scène was revolutionary in its day. Out of the darkness he freezes time, his subjects as if a movie still that continue to flicker in the dim light.
We were inspired by Caravaggio’s genius use of chiaroscuro, and further by Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets modern day cinema take on him. What we have re-created as a photograph could purely be seen as a fashion image by some, as well as reflecting the violence that was rife in Caravaggio’s life. These images are sacred and profane and there is a certain solidarity to the image in hard times that everyone can relate to.”
Other notable portrait series by Diver & Aguilar include Rockers and Native Americans. Both capture an intimate look into the masculine bravado of the tribes. Whether inspired by the classical works of Caravaggio or modern day rockers, Diver & Aguilar employ the same methods of street casting and photography to find the souls of their subjects.
Expands Diver & Aguilar, “It was suggested that Richard Avedon could read thoughts with his images and Diane Arbus went one step further in saying she could see the “suicide “ moment that was to prevail in one’s life, we hope that we can also reach a certain level of intimacy with our work.”
The October issue of Creative Review is on sale now, look for it at a newsstand near you.
Left: Self Portrait as Bacchus
Publication: Riders Moda
Issue: October 2010
Fashion Director: Filippo la Bruna
Assistant: Elisa Anastasino
Grooming: Tanya Chianale
Photography: Diver & Aguilar
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Diver & Aguilar will be speaking at Glug in Brighton on October 8, 2010. For event details click here.
October 11, 2010
Mercedes-Benz replaces the Daimler technology magazine HighTechReport with new biannual publicationTechnicity. Besides including news from inside Daimler, the magazine also offers the latest in technology, innovation, and research and development in a global context. Technicity is published in German and English and distributed worldwide.
Joel Micah Miller shoots for the debut issue on location in Berlin, Germany for the cover and lead story “E-City Berlin.” The article explores how the German capital is pushing the envelope for electric mobility. Thomas Weber of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development tells Technicity, “There’s no question any more as to whether electric drive systems will take their place beside combustion engines; it’s only a question of when this will happen.”
E-City Berlin features the completely emission free Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and the Smart Fortwo electric drive at important locations all over town, such as the Reichstag, Postdamer Platz, Ministry of Transportation, and fuel cell gas stations. The Mercedes-Benz B-class F-CELL emits only water and no pollutants thanks to its fuel cell stack that uses oxygen and hydrogen to generate the electricity that powers the electric motor. The Smart Fortwo uses a Lithium-ion battery that has double the power density of nickel-metal hydride batteries.
Joel Micah Miller recalls a close call with the F-CELL, “We had just finished a dawn shoot and were en route to the next location when I got a call that the hero car had just been damaged. It had snowed the night before and conditions were icy. Fortunately no one was hurt, but it made for a stressful next few hours. My crew pulled together, got a stand-in organized, and we worked double time to make things work out. At the end of the day, we got the images that we´d set out to make. It was just a little more adventurous that we´d planned at the beginning.”
To read more about Daimler’s “Road to Emission-free Mobility” program, click here.
The F-CELL making its way through Potsdamer Platz, or Potsdam Square, an important public square and intersection in Berlin
The F-CELL in front of the Ministry of Transportation
This gas station wasn’t completed until several hours before the shoot
Charging stations for the Smart Fortwo
The full cover of the first issue of Technicity
Joel Micah Miller, far left, and crew – at the end of of some very long and frosty shoot days
The 130 ft crane that Miller hung in for four hours above Postdamer Platz
Publication: Mercedes-Benz Technicity Magazine
Issue: Spring 2010
Story: E-City Berlin
Photography: Joel Micah Miller
Creative Director: Wolram Schaeffer
Art Direction: Matthias Straub
Production: CLAAS CROPP Creative Productions
October 10, 2010
Am I Collective’s ESPN posters for the World Cup were so popular, fans were “practically hammering down [their] doors for some of the posters as souvenirs for the World Cup.” Thanks to high demand, Am I Collective presents a commemorative poster celebrating Spain’s victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Download the high-res file here for free. Read more »
October 10, 2010
Henry Bourne pulls from a gentleman’s club for inspiration in the October issue of Wallpaper magazine. Calf leather, trompe l’oeil wood panels, marble credenzas, and made to order table clothes serve as the background for the sumptuous supper that makes up the entertaining section. Begin with a dirty martini and deviled almonds, enjoy lamb cutlets with Shrewsbury sauce or grilled Dover sole with parsley butter, and finish with Clementine and Muscat jelly. These recipes and more in the current issue. Read more »