In 2008 Genlux Magazine commissioned me for their Japan issue. I chose to pay homage to to Anime/Manga. I was in Paris at the time of this assignment. I thought it would be ideal to use the Manga with a Le Femme Nikita storyline. The first thing I did was went to one of the best Manga stores in all of Paris to get some inspiration. This along with internet research provided me with some base visual inspiration. Then I went out to shoot textures all over Paris that would equate to the inspiration. I was due back in NY so I would have to shoot the model there. I do my casting and then shoot her in my loft. I have general rough backgrounds figured out so I can make sure the hair light matches and get compositions correct. I shoot, and now I have all the pieces of the puzzel. The next step is to make selects and rough them into the rough layouts. I figure out the story and and submit the rough for approval from the magazine. Once we agree, I can go into final post production. The "polishing" of these images is well, lets just say the devil is in the details.
Exotic Location Production, less the cost.
Control, efficiency, cost savings... these are just some of the advantages to shooting exotic locations on simpler locations. Then using compositing and a good understanding of lighting, color tones and temperature and perspective to match key image to backgrounds. I can travel to the exotic location by myself or with an art director and shoot the backdrops. Come back to New York, match the "light" and place into the shot. Not taking a full production crew half way around the world obviously saves massive amounts of money. You are able to recruit better talent, since shoot is local and will lessen the time commitment. You reduce production time, and have much more control over the "elements" maximizing the number shots with increased productivity and fewer variables to "solve". All these advantages ultimately grant more creative control, greater efficiency, and lower cost. A may not be as much fun for the crew, but it certainly will help the bottom line.