This was one of those jobs where I had to keep uttering to myself under my breath, “He’s just a person like you, he’s just a person like you,” so my hands wouldn’t shake profusely while I tied his tie from nerves. Bob Odenkirk is a comedic legend and arguably one of the best actors out there. He’s a man that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but I also didn’t want him to notice my sweaty upper lip while I dressed him in a Hugo Boss suit from Saks. This was SO MUCH fun and a shoot I’ll never forget! You can read the article from Chicago Magazine HERE.
I love doing projects where you get to have a sense of humor with the props and wardrobe. Playing around with the imperfections rather than the perfections in the wardrobe can really set the mood for the characters, AND is so darn fun. For example; to exemplify the drabness of these insurance agents, it was important that their wardrobe didn’t fit perfectly, that the colors didn’t pop, ties were askew, and that wrinkles were present. The same went for the props. Angela Finney, the prop stylist, did an amazing job with this through the set design and propping. This was a dream job for me. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the amazing photographer, Ross Feighery for having me on board. Here’s a photo of our ace crew.
I had so much fun working with one of my old buds, photographer Colleen Durkin, and some of Chicago’s finest crew members; Jenna Baltes, Morgan Blaul, Angela Finney, Damien Thompson, Melanie Trombley and so many other familiar hardworking faces. This was a run and gun type of shoot where we didn’t even know if it was definitely going to happen until 24 hours before… I didn’t even get the sizes until two in the afternoon the day before the shoot. Luckily, along with my awesome assistant Theresa Poborsky, we were able to shop it out at stores like H&M, Urban Outfitters, Levis, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc. As I’ve mentioned before, I always try to shop where I think the demographic that the ad is trying to portray would buy their clothes. Since this was a group shot, it was a matter of assembling the talent in a way that was cohesive, but to maintain a personality in each of it’s characters. The shoot actually became a stop motion short film that I still haven’t been able to get my hands on. This is a compilation of some of the stills in the meantime.
No, I didn’t get to style ass-less chaps. I know, bummer. There’s always next year. Instead, I teamed up with the amazing prop stylist, Angela Finney and photographer Clint Blowers to soften up these “tough” goods and make your motorcycle thankful for the holidays. I’ve never ridden a motorcycle, but poking around all those Harley products may have inspired me to upgrade from my single speed bike to something with a little more umph. Vrooooom.