Client: Indian Motorcycles
Photographer: Dean Bradshaw
Producer: Kim Comeaux
Location: Northern, Ca

In May 2015 we worked with the photographer Dean Bradshaw and producer Kim Comeaux on a project for Indian Motorcycles. Indian is the original American Motorcycle with roots dating back to 1897 and was a huge contender throughout the 1960’s. The brand was resurrected in 2008 after being absent from the scene for decades and has been making a strong comeback. Owned by Polaris Industries since 2011, the new designs are fresh while honoring the brand’s DNA. We turned a lot of heads while shooting these beautiful bikes on Northern California roads!

Over 3 days we had 2 still crews and a video crew shooting the entire Indian lineup. We covered a lot of Northern California in a short period of time. On Day 1 we started before dawn with rolling traffic breaks over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge before moving to the financial district in San Francisco. The second day had us breathing fresh air and looking up at giant redwood trees in Bag Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The final day was the most ambitious! While filming the bikes on Treasure Island in the morning with the San Francisco skyline backdrop, Mayor Ed Lee happened to stop by. He sat on a few bikes and expressed his gratitude for our client choosing SF for their shoot. Around mid-day we headed for the coast landing in Stinson Beach. The bikes were shot cruising along CA-1 as the sun dropped to the horizon. Colin Ducey at Ducey Productions provided his expert driving skills on the Camera Car with First AD Michael Jordan calling the shots. The team worked hard long days to capture some amazing riding shots of the beautiful motorcycles!

We spent a week scouting and another 2 getting permits for rolling traffic breaks on the bridge, lane closures in SF, ITC on CA-1 and traffic control on the roads in a state park. We were also hired to manage the shoot and Jason fell into a second AD role to help orchestrate the long shot list. Have a look at the images featured on Indian’s website along with our scouting images.

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DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO

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BIG BASIN STATE PARK

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Production:  North 6 – Cynthia Bechet
Lifestyle Photographer: Dominick Sheldon
Still life Photographer: William Abranowicz
Client: Old Navy
Location: Napa, CA

This past summer temperatures in Napa Valley were regularly hitting the 90’s. When we were asked to find a nice rustic barn for Old Navy’s winter catalog to shoot in early September, we thought the Lake Tahoe region would be a great fit. But the location our client chose was in Napa, and it was in the 90’s on our shoot days! But that is no problem for the production world… we just make it snow when and where we need it to. We worked closely with Cynthia Bechet at North 6 prepping for the two day shoot providing location scouting, pre-pro support and location management. Snow effects were provided by Snow Business and the results were fantastic! Nothing quite like getting ready for the holidays in early September! Have a look at some of the photos the two photography teams captured. Happy Holidays to All!

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Production: John, Kwiecien, Roe Photo
Photographer: John Roe, Roe Photo
Client: Buick
Location: Northern, Ca

In June 2015 we worked with the Roe Photo team on project for Buick. Over 8 days we shoot the entire Buick lineup of 2016 vehicles for their brochures. This was a major project that had us scouting in Lake Tahoe, along the stunning Northern California Coast, Berkeley, San Francisco and a few private homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Check out the final results along with a few of our scouting images from this project!

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Production: John, Kwiecien, Roe Photo
Photographer: John Roe, Roe Photo
Client: Ford F-150
Location: Northern, Ca

In the early winter of 2014 we teamed up with Roe Photo on yet another great automotive shoot. This time we were shooting a comprehensive campaign for the new all aluminum body Ford F-150. No CGI on this project, all old school with the actual vehicles on set. Over an 8 day period we shot the trucks at a boat launch, on a bridge, at a beautiful horse ranch, two major construction sites, a residential construction project and covered a 12,500 acre vineyard ranch in the coastal mountains.

We had rain when we needed it which made for some amazing running shots through puddles under the maze of freeways in Oakland! Then the sun came out when we needed sunshine… We worked hard gaining access to one of the most impressive construction sites in San Francisco; The Transbay Terminal. Working on this multi story, four block long complex structure with a cavernous underground train terminal is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Below are some images John Roe captured for the campaign that is still being rolled out along with some of our scouting images. Challenging projects like this tend to have great results, the team that worked on this project was top notch and the final product is no exception.

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Production:  Creative Chaos, Inc.
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey  –  Men and Women
Photographer: Benny Horne – Divided and Kids
Client: H&M
Agency: Wednesday
Local Production: Caribbean Crews
Location: Antigua, West Indies

Here are some more images captured in Antigua that are now on the H&M website! You will also see the really cool TV commercial below that was partially shot on the island while we were working there. To find out more, see our previous  post about our adventure in Antigua!

 

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Production:  Creative Chaos, Inc.
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey  –  Men and Women
Photographer: Benny Horne – Divided and Kids
Client: H&M
Agency: Wednesday
Local Production: Caribbean Crews
Location: Antigua, West Indies

In December of 2014 our good friends at Creative Chaos extended another amazing opportunity to scout a destination location. This time we were headed to the Caribbean Island of Antigua in the West Indies! Our direction from Executive Producer Jenny Friedberg was to cover the entire island in 1 week, focusing on beaches… Oh, how tough life can be sometimes! Luckily we were connected with Joseph (“J”) Rainy and Caribbean Crews. His extensive knowledge of the island and many years of experience working on productions in the Caribbean were quickly put to use. He guided us around the 108 square mile Island showing us nearly every accessible beach and interior region of the stunning country along with a few small islands off the main land. The work was challenging, the days were hot and the hours were long; but a plunge into the warm winter waters of the Caribbean Sea whenever possible made it well worth it! Matt and Jason will always have a place in their hearts for the the Island of Antigua and it’s beautiful people.

The following month Jason returned to Antigua to location manage the 2 week production. The location chosen for much of this work was a stunning remote beach only accessible by four wheel drive trucks. This is where J Rainey’s wealth of experience on the island really came into play… Under his direction, the local crew he assembled made quick work of clearing brush and building a tent city for production complete with restrooms and power! No cell service, but no one was complaining about that. We just immersed ourselves into the clear warm waters rather than into our mobile devices.

Photographer Lachlan Bailey shot the men and women over the first several days of production. The Women models included Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls Rodriguez, Adriana Lima and Doutzen Kroes. Working with talent of this caliber in a remote location was an experience I’ll never forget! The TV commercial was shot while Jason took a 2 day “break” gearing up for the divided and kids shoots. Benny Horne arrived to shoot the younger models and we had an absolute blast playing, I mean working on the beach! Have a look at the final images below along with some of our scouting images. We are available anytime to return to the Caribbean for your scouting needs!

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