That’s right. Mr. horsepower, robots, and explosions has a fashion spread in Nylon as part of the XOXO Fashion campaign I shot with Supermodel Lily Aldridge. Never thought I’d see the day! Fun thing to find at the airport.
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 Acura, 8112 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.
Special thanks to Brian Benstock, Andrew Diffenderfer, Scott Rodgers, Paragon Acura, and Tier 10 Marketing for helping make this happen.
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!
My production company, 8112 Studios, shot this music video for our friends Crash Boom Bang a few months ago. Below is a sneak peak of how we created the earthquake scene. Check out the video!
The fruits of my Valentines Day labor! If you follow my various forms of social media, Christine 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.
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: