Back in August of this year I was up in Venice Beach working on a project with Arsenic Magazine which they've titled "A Deeper Kind of Sex." I was shooting stills for the project while Director/Writer Scott Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, The Informant) directed the video. The video features models Tatiana Dietemen, Alyssa Smith, and Shay Maria.
From the original post on the Arsenic Magazine site:
The objectification of women: can't live with it, and can't sell billions of dollars of material items without it. It has warped a generation of men in all sorts of diabolical ways and has turned young women against food, each other and themselves. And yet here we are, confronted daily with our own appetites for youth and beauty and sex with access to an infinite internet receding into the darkest and most fascinating places. Sam Shepherd once said,
"In the middle of a contradiction, that's where you want to be."
This is where these images find all of us. - Scott Z. Burns
My buddy Mike just posted this on Facebook and I thought it was awesome. These two kids from Flatbush (Brooklyn), New York have a great sense of style and definitely surprise you by their age and the music they're interested in. They must have some really cool supportive parents.
I was just looking for some inspiration on Vimeo. I really want to shoot some video during my shoots. Maybe I'll start next week.
On Thursday I was in Venice Beach, CA shooting for another project with Arsenic Magazine. This particular project was a collaboration with writer/director/producer Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, The Informant) and DP Bryan Newman. I was shooting stills for Arsenic as well as some behind the scenes footage. In between takes I was able to leave the set to shoot a few outdoor shots with the beautiful models Alyssa Smith and Tatiana Dieteman represented by Next Model Management. It was really bright out when we were shooting, luckily William Painter was there to provide some comfort from the midday sun.
Producer: Arsenic Magazine
Director: Blake Behnam (www.sawhorsela.com | www.facebook.com/sawhorsela)
Videographer: Joe Valeriano
Models: Chanon Finley | Jennifer Jayleen | Ana Chen
Stylists : Dalit Gwenna | Katie Sullivan
Hair: Christopher Garcia | Corey Chambers | Ray Salazar
Makeup: Brittany Leslie | Jennifer Garcia
Wardrobe: What Katie Did
Location: Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills
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Title: SUPER SEXY CPR
Director / Cinematographer: CURTIS WEHRFRITZ
Stylist: HEATHER LAKE / VANESSA FISCHER
Make-Up: KRISTEN BROWNING
Original Music By: ADAM ALL
Song Title: 'FLATLINE'
Advertiser: FORTNIGHT LINGERIE
Company: RED URBAN CANADA
City/Country: TORONTO, CANADA
Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.
Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.
Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter.
See more work at hallasko.com
Director: Josh Bogdan (joshbogdan.com)
Director: Ryan Lasko
Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan
Director of Photography: Topaz Adizes (topazadizes.com)
Original Music: Jarrod Pedone (JarrodPedone.com)
Original Music: Tyler H. Brown (thbproductions.com)
All artwork images used in this video are the exclusive property of Harold Lasko. All rights reserved. Any other use of these artwork images, without expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.
You may or may not know this about me, but aside from being a photographer I'm also a musician. In fact, music is my main profession and something I'm extremely passionate about. Music plays a roll in almost everything I do and is a big contributing factor in all of my photo shoots. For most of my shoots I'll create a playlist specifically for that shoot. I was using my iPod, but now I primarily use Spotify since it has almost every song I could possibly want to hear and always introduces me to great new music I would have otherwise missed. So, with that being said, I've decided to create a blog series I'm going to title "Music of the Moment." with this being my first post in the series.
For my first "Music of the Moment" post I'm going to share a song that I just stumbled upon a few minutes ago by the Wallflowers called "Reboot The Mission." I've always liked Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers and this is a song I had never heard before. I just discovered it on Black Dog Films awesome website.
Corey Rich is one of my favorite modern day photographers, I would love to be able to work on some video/photography projects with him. Check out his reel and the story behind his work.
Corey Rich - Director+DP Reel
There are two specific cameras that entered my life and changed it forever. Both cameras were keys opening the most interesting doorways. I walked through, cautiously eager, only to realize that there was no turning back.
The first camera was an old Pentax K1000 that I picked up at age 13. It was my father’s camera, and that old brick of a body was glued to my eye for years. By the time I was a student at Quartz Hill High School in the Mojave Desert of California, where I grew up, I was shooting black and white negative film and E6 slide film for the year book and high school newspaper. My buddies and I tried to orchestrate multi-media slideshows using multiple projectors. With upwards of six projectors running through a dissolve unit, we attempted to sync music and a voice over with our photographs. Inevitably, it never really worked.
But the right intention was there: We were trying to do and say as much as possible with what little we had. Sometimes we were successful, but mostly it was a lot of failure through experimentation.
So what? The learning process—riding that steep curve of progress that comes through tireless experimentation and improvisation—is a special period. Theoretically, it only happens once. But I’d also argue that being on the sharp end of a steady learning curve is also when it’s the most fun.
This burgeoning passion for photography took me to San Jose State University for school and a photojournalism internship at the Modesto Bee. By the time I had landed my first big professional photography assignment, I knew what I’d be doing for the rest of my life.
All along the way, I dabbled with video cameras because I loved the idea of recording motion with sound on a single device. I experimented with carrying a my film camera on one shoulder, and a video camera on the other. But it never quite worked. I had read up on other photographers’ methodologies for how to simultaneously capture motion and still, but frankly, the people who were trying to juggle a film camera, video camera and microphone all at once were producing rather mediocre content.
Of course, this has all changed in recent years with the emergence of DSLR cameras that capture high resolution stills, Full HD video and crisp audio all in one body. But the very first video-enabled DSLR camera was the Nikon D90, which launched on August 27, 2008. That very date, when I ran out to buy a D90, marks the beginning of the second stage of my professional life as a visual storyteller.
In the last five years since the D90’s release, I feel as though I’ve been gifted a second learning curve to ride as I’ve taken what I know from photography and applied that to becoming a filmmaker and, now, a director and a DP.
In the last two years, nearly half of my time has been spent directing motion projects, almost all of which have been shot on Nikon DSLR cameras. Shooting cinematic-quality motion with cameras that allow me to control the depth of field, and use a form factor I’m familiar with, has taken me back to when I was 13 years old and I first picked up my father’s camera. To have your creative energy stoked and reignited in such a way—more than two decades into a career, too—feels like nothing less than a gift.
Because directing motion pieces is such a major part of my career, not to mention my new passion, I finally had to do what you do in the motion world and put together a Director’s Reel. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the last five years of my life. I know it’s a little long but … one step at a time, right? Just as a young photographer’s portfolio will contain 60 images while a veteran photographer might only have 20, it takes the confidence and experience of a whole career to be that concise.
As for right now, I’m just happy to be a guy with a toe in both puddles of water. I’ll always be a still photographer, and now, I’ll always be a filmmaker. There’s no turning back.