Back on the road I go! October had me home a lot filming local projects (including a couple of awesome music videos with the Red Epic-M). November has me back our across the country shooting print ads. It’s funny, I don’t feel like myself if I go too long from doing a job on the road.
I just completed a project in St. Louis photographing some cars for the ad agency, Tier 10 Marketing. The client requested photos of new vehicles with the famous archway in the background. I called the Missouri film office to get assistance on finding a proper location to setup vehicles, lights, and a generator. Apparently, in June of 2011, funding was cut to the film office and it no longer exists….which is insane…I can’t get a permit or official permission to shoot?! Therefore, I had to fly in a day early to location scout.
Based on configuration of buildings, setting up on the St Louis, MO side would be essentially impossible. I checked out google maps and thought it may be worthwhile to check out the other side of the Mississippi River, which was East St. Louis, Illinois. Nobody told me beforehand that East St. Louis was one of the country’s most dangerous towns… but there I was wandering around by myself at night looking at location possibilities. I found a spot there, which ended up being perfect! Although, my assistant and I felt impending doom as more and more locals implored that we finish our project and leave the area before nightfall. It was like being in Old Detroit City in Robocop 2 after curfew. One of the vehicle handlers even said he would rather walk around the worst parts of Detroit than East St. Louis.
Nonetheless, I got the job done without being murdered, or mugged. Now to head home for 12 hours to do laundry and re-pack for NYC. I’m photographing ads of the brand new re-designed pre-production compressed natural gas Honda Civics around the city. Should be a blast!