Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Last Year I had the honor of contributing some production work to the film A Late Quartet, which is now out in theaters. The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Cathrine Keener, and many other very talented people, It's directed by Yaron Zilberman, and was shot by the great Fred Elmes (the legendary art house photographer who shot Blue Velvet, Earaserhead, Night on Earth, Broken Flowers, etc...) The story follows a world famous string quartet the Whose leader played by Walken is diagnosed with Parkinson's. This revelation causes the quartet, which is structured as a family unit, to collapses in on itself and struggles to redefine their identity in the face of tragedy. Needless to say it was an exciting project regardless of how minute my contribution and I had the good fortune of sitting in on a test shoot and watching Yaron and Fed in action (no celebrities present). back when I was working on these storyboards the cast was not yet what it would be (starred Ethan Hawke at the time) So the characters in the drawings above are not representative of the final cast, for instance the man at the bar would become Hoffman, the couple in the car was Hoffman and Keener, and the elder man toasting would later be cast as Walken. But in the final cut of the movies, these scenes above are still discernible (thought I'm certain Elmes would have done just fine without these) Still, a great honor to work around such talent, and amazingly this is Zilbermans' first non documentary feature film (his first project was the acclaimed documentary Watermarks) It was wonderful working with him.
You can see the rest of my story boards here
More info on the movie here:
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Here is my piece for the Eye Candy show, a pop up Exhibit, part of Illustration week in NY. There are a ton of great illustrators in this show, here is the info:
Eye Candy presents 24 young illustrators who have pulled back the shades to reveal their secret guilty pleasures of life in NYC. With common threads of industry and age, each artist is making waves in the illustration community. Their commissioned work ranges from editorial to poster design to comics and more, and their futures in the field seem bigger than the city they live in. Out of their comfort zones and on display, the illustrators have created a personal narrative of a single lowbrow for your viewin
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Wesley Allsbrook, Elizabeth Baddeley, Jonathan Bartlett, Chi Birmingham, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Exit Deer, Johnny Dombrowski, Jensine Eckwall, Jeremy Enecio, Jared Fiorino, Daniel Fishel, Nick Iluzada, Tara Jacoby, John Malta, Keith Negley, Robyn Ng, Tae Querney, Matt Rota, Ross Schaner, Dadu Shin, Kim Sielbeck, Kyle Stecker, Skip Sterling, and Katie Turner.
Eye Candy is part of NYC's Illustration Week 2012 and sponsored by the Society of Illustrators.
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Nov. 10th from 7-10pm.
Fowler Arts Collective
67 West Street, Unit 216, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
**Fowler is located in the historic Greenpoint Terminal building on the East River waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The closest subway is the Greenpoint Ave. G train stop.
Monday, November 5, 2012
This is a new piece for the NY Times about a young midwestern woman who moved to Bedstuy Brooklyn to pursue a writing career and develops a complicated friendship with an aspiring young rapper. When He is arrested for theft, she struggles to define the nature of their friendship, and the degree to which she is willing to become involved with him and his family. Meanwhile Hurricane Sandy bears down on New York as her focus and concern shifts to the city's responsibility to those incarcerated on Rikers Island. Do the criminals there need to be locked up and prevented from breaking out in the event of a catastrophe even in spite of their own safety, or are they people that need the same protection as the rest of society? It's a wonderfully short and complicated piece where the narrators struggle to comprehend her connection to her neighbor is mirrored in the city's relationship with it's incarcerated.