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My Mad Max Photoshoot With Full Behind The Scenes Video

A few months ago, I hit up my buddy Paul Miller, who is a movie director out of Southern California. Regular readers of my site may recognize Paul from my previous Mad Max Interceptor shoot. Paul told me that he is part of a group of folks that essentially constructs clothing, weapons, and even vehicles to re-enact the Mad Max post apocalypse in the Mojave desert, much like some re-enact the US Civil War. They are often referred to as “Wastelanders” after their annual gathering entitled “Wasteland Weekend”.

First of all, this sounded like one of the most incredible things I have ever heard in my entire life. Secondly, for years I have been photographing portraits of cars that from popular films and the people that own them under a personal series of mine called the “Unicorn Project”. This seemed like a perfectly appropriate and awesome opportunity to add to my personal series and add amazing content to my portfolio.

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A personal photoshoot like this may cost me a chunk of change out of pocket (travel, supplies, time, opportunity cost, gear rental), but the unique pieces I would create for my portfolio are priceless.

After setting a date with Paul and his “Wastelanders”, I began to reach out to my friends (aka: people I could convince to work for cheap/free on this personal project) to assemble a team that included a clothing stylist to arrange clothing and additional props (Chanon Finley), hair and makeup artist (Maeve Kate Broadhurst), and people to help with various duties such as general photo assisting, and behind the scenes photo and video. I am very thankful that my friends volunteered to help because I couldn’t have done it without them, especially without spending a fortune out of pocket.

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Shooting Lexus Advertisements in Charlotte, North Carolina And Driving Fast Cars

Here are a couple of [client-approved] proofs from Lexus advertisements I shot in North Carolina for the automotive advertising agency client Tier 10 Marketing under the supervision of Creative Director & Tier 10 partner Scott Rodgers.

That agency puts out some great stuff and I love working with them. Scott is a great art director , easy to work with, and loaded with cool ideas. Scott is reading this right now and writing my check. Haha, I joke I joke. But seriously, we had a blast shooting this campaign. Got to drive around the new high-powered Lexus IS-F for the day and enjoy the nice weather in the South. Man, it was a quiet early Winter (as it always is) but as the temperature heats up, so has my schedule. Wow. It has been non-stop rock and roll. Shoots in LA and Vegas for 10 days, back to DC for a few commercial and advertising shoots (including an awesome one for Discovery Channel), then Charlotte, then NYC, then DC, then Vegas again. Whew! I love it.

I could get used to this car. Snap by assistant Sonny Nguyen
Needs so more cleaning up, but this is a single image! If you plan out your lighting, life becomes much easier.

 

A peek behind the curtain while setting up. Sometimes simple and straightforward lighting is enough!

 

Made It To MSN Auto's "10 of the Quirkiest Vehicles on the Road"

This is a funny one. A friend posted this on my facebook wall. Apparently MSN.com posted my photo of Daniel Deutsch’s Star Wars Skywalker Landspeeder  replica.

Check out #8 HERE

The original photo I took

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The Great American Geektrip (My American Roadtrip in a DeLorean & a Ghostbusters Truck) – Update 4

Got tied up with some deadlines, but finally had a chance to put together a little fun video from our road trip. Hope you like it! Will probably add more clips in a day or 2.

The Great American Geektrip (My American Roadtrip in a DeLorean & a Ghostbusters Truck) – Update 3

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The Ghostbusters Truck hood ornament has collected bugs after 3k miles

Just made it to Orlando after 6 days on the road. Whew are we beat, but the cars made it! We did have a few small mechanical issues along the way (flat tire, broken fanbelt, electrical fire), but nothing we couldn’t handle.

Got to see some great sights and landmarks, but the best part was the people we met along the way. Cannot wait to share the stories.

Here are some photos and highlights from the last few days. Look for the big post with more photos and videos next week!

Enjoy a time lapse Daniel took from his DeLorean using his Canon G9 as we drove through Moab, Utah.

Resolving coolant issues with the DeLorean on the side of the highway
Resolving coolant issues with the DeLorean on the side of the highway
The DeLorean 2:30 am at Stone Mountain in Georgia
The DeLorean 2:30 am at Stone Mountain in Georgia
Visiting the Salt Mine Museum in Hutchinson Kansas. The view from the tram.
Visiting the Salt Mine Museum in Hutchinson Kansas. The view from the tram.
I'm not sure what truckers love, but this guy sure does!
I'm not sure what truckers love, but this guy sure does!
The top of the Ghostbusters Truck at night
The top of the Ghostbusters Truck at night
Playing with our new Walmart spotlight
Playing with our new Walmart spotlight
My iPhone 3G gave its life for the sake of protecting my butt as I fell on top of Stone Mountain in Georgia
My iPhone 3G gave its life for the sake of protecting my butt as I fell on top of Stone Mountain in Georgia
Driving through Kansas on a moonlit night before the storm began
Driving the Ghostbusters Truck through Kansas on a moonlit night before the storm began
One thing I may not miss, the truckstop food options
One thing I may not miss, the truckstop food options
Found this at an Arkansas truckstop. For some reason I found the captions on the back of this box just creepy.
Found this at an Arkansas truckstop. For some reason I found the captions on the back of this box just creepy.
Tractors in Kansas
Tractors in Kansas
Flat tire on the Kansas freeway
Flat tire on the Kansas freeway
People loved getting photographed with us :)
People loved getting photographed with us :)

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Near Birmingham Alabama. This 14ish year old kid pull into the gas station driving a huge lifted pickup truck drinking a beer 10:30am on a school day.
Near Birmingham Alabama. This 14ish year old kid pull into the gas station driving a pickup truck drinking a beer 10:30am on a school day. (Yes this is 100% real)
View of Atlanta at Sunset from the top of Stone Mountain
View of Atlanta at Sunset from the top of Stone Mountain
Hugging bear at the Colorado / Kansas border gas station
Hugging bear at the Colorado / Kansas border gas station
View of the DeLorean from the roof of the Ghostbusters Truck while approaching the Hoover Dam
View of the DeLorean from the roof of the Ghostbusters Truck while approaching the Hoover Dam

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Hello Monday!

I got to drive one of the original screen-used Knight Rider (aka K.I.T.T.) cars this weekend! Video coming!
I got to drive one of the original screen-used Knight Rider (aka K.I.T.T.) cars this weekend! Video coming!

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I promise to have some real posts for you soon. I have been in Florida all weekend helping with a Make-A-Wish charity car show, which has kept me pretty busy!

I am proud to say that a portrait session with me was auctioned off during the weekend for a five-figure dollar amount for the Make-A-Wish foundation, which will pay for at least 2 kids’ wishes to come true! I’m so thrilled!!

In the meantime, have you seen my 30+ photo/adventure videos on Vimeo?

Check em out! Vimeo.com/DouglasSonders

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