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They Decided To Give Us A Free 2014 Acura MDX For A Year – #DiscoverMDX

My 8112 Studios co-founder, Nicholas Cambata, have been given a free 2014 Acura MDX for a year as part of the campaign #‎DiscoverMDX to show off everything this all new redesigned MDX can do. You can follow our NYC adventures and see what we do with it over the year at Paragon Acura8112 Studios, and my instagram. Trust me, we plan on pushing our luck haha.


You see the MDX is the perfect vehicle for us as New York City residents. Our MDX has 3 rows of seats (7 seats total) that also fold down flat to load lots of gear. It’s been handling the snow and ice in and around the city, it has survived potholes, jumped curbs to bypass trucks blocking the street, escorted clients and even supermodels. It is just the right amount of space, sporty handling, and rugged capability to fill our needs as owners of a production company. I know that sounds like a sales pitch, but this is literally what we’ve been doing with this 2014 MDX and what we’ve enjoyed so far. You can see what we mean on our social media (above in the first paragraph). We will be posting photos, videos, and stories. For more info please visit http://cooperspick.com

Special thanks to Brian Benstock, Andrew Diffenderfer, Scott Rodgers, Paragon Acura, and Tier 10 Marketing for helping make this happen.


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Route 66 Road Trip In A 1971 Dodge Challenger

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Recently, I was in the Mojave Desert filming a music video project. The plot was centered around a road trip starring the musician and her friends. I cannot say much more than that, but I can say I had the opportunity to transport the vehicle between locations along historic Route 66. I mean, if you are going to road trip on one of America’s most amazing classic highways, a 1971 Challenger convertible with a 440 6-pack is definitely the way to do it. My heart raced and my skin tingled. The radio was broken, but I didn’t care. The exhaust was its own soundtrack. Although, if I were to do it again, I would have opted for some air conditioning. It was 110+ degrees most days, the car doesn’t have A/C, and that big block does put off a LOT of heat. I may or may not have suffered a bit of heat stroke on the first day. Haha.

Despite a little ol’ heat exhaustion, I was so thrilled to check this item off of my bucket list. The sound of that engine and the beautiful back desert highways with vestiges of the old American west was something that will never leave my memories.

Sadly, the car did not survive the journey. Just short of filming our final scene, the engine sputtered and died on old Route 40. It felt like a carburetor issue, but we had no time or proper tools to diagnose. Sadly, AAA had to be called and she had to be towed away so we could continue with filming. Although, you shouldn’t worry, the Challenger will live to fight another day.

Here are some iPhone photos from my journey. Don’t worry, we took some awesome footage with our Red Scarlet for the music video that I think you guys will enjoy. Stay tuned when it debuts!



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The Challenger after she died
The Challenger after she died

Like Movie Cars? Check Out Christine, My New Shoot


The fruits of my Valentines Day labor! If you follow my various forms of social media, Christine titantransline here was my date for Valentines Day. This was a personal shoot as part of my ongoing movie and TV car photo series “The Unicorn Project”: http://tinyurl.com/b4lhsac

This photo is a composite of multiple exposures from my Phase One 645DF+ IQ140 Medium Format and White Lightning studio flashes placed around the car. Use of a fog machine was a big help to convey realistic headlight beams in front of the car and create ambiance behind the the car.

YouTube Direkt
YouTube Direkt
Setting up as the sun sets
Setting up as the sun sets
iPhone photo from on-set

What My Last Two Weeks Have Been Like (Hint: zoom, vroom, brrrr, whoosh)

First of all, apologies for the few blog posts the past month. It has been a wild and diverse 2013 so far! In the past two weeks alone I shot a magazine cover in pittsburgh, taught photography to 250 people in DC (taught over 600 folks in the month of January), filmed a TV ad and in Montana, interviewed and filmed and sped around with Jay Leno in LA, and finished the second week off by being President Clinton’s photographer in DC, following him around for the day. Wild and surreal is all I can say. Wild and surreal. My career sure has become a diverse crazy adventure! What an awesome start to 2013.

I can’t say much about any of the individual filming/photography projects that I listed above, but be prepared for some awesome projects and behind the scene content that will be released on this site soon. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy some of my behind the scenes photos from the road:


My LA production team filming Jay Leno in his garage (He has an epic car collection if you didn’t know).
Picking my Emma up from the dog hotel. We missed each other! My “killer” pitbull. Haha.
Snowy day in Red Lodge Montana.
Street legal rally racer with a 400+ horsepower Corvette engine and rally race suspension. What a ride.
Our Red Scarlet filming sunset in Montana
Filming the Crash Boom Bang concert at DC’s 930 club with multiple Red Cameras. This Epic is on a jib on the upper balcony.
My beloved Phase One
Spending the day with President Clinton
Probably the most epic photo ever taken of my business partner Nick (in 8112 Studios) and me. Jay Leno taking us for a drive in his steam car.