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“Bullet Proof” Fashion Film

May 19, 2010

Just posted, “Bullet Proof”, a recent short fashion film I put together with Tal Shpantzer. She was photographing Marlon Gobel’s show at the recent NYC Fashion Week for modacycle.com. The show was fantastic and at every turn Marlon offers up something unusual and interesting.

Part of the skill of any good creator is to make something really new and different ( and most don’t ), but the great ones do it with such thoroughness and subtly, that the “quirks” add richness to the impact of the work and nothing is gratuitous or unintentional. Case in point, love the “hazmat” slip on booties and id badges the models wore in the show. And just forget about the Dan Flavin meets Buckminster Fuller, meets Dr.No, mid century retro-future evil set!

We were both inspired by Marlon’s dashing secret agent tuxedo/jumpsuit and Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose, a bullet proof broach detail.

I wanted to create a 1 min short of an afternoon with our Agent X and Tal wanted to put together a stills editorial, so we joined forces and came up with this shoot with our Obscure Object Films creative team.

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Tal styled our heroine’s looks with the Ferrari red “Blake – Grenadine” dress from Hayden – Harnet’s current season and some pretty tough cuffs from the same collection. Tal shot their Fashion Week presentation as well.


photo by tal shpantzer

Thank you Patricia and Showroom Seven for the striking Erickson Beamon spiky cuff and mirror necklace.

The model’s rings came from Ayaka Nishi. Several short films lurking in her new collection too!

Miklos Buk got some great cinematic shots in a very impromptu “run n gun” shooting environment, mostly hand-holding a canon 7D. Al Arundel kindly offered us a steadycam rig to use, but the 7D camera was just too lightweight to work with the counter balance. Got to pilfer Aurora Crowley’s lens collection to get the “Ultra-Wide” shots. Miklos litterally just got the camera, no; follow focus, monitor, shoulder mount, nothin. Real-Deal-Hand-Held. Shot everything in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens, NYC

Our secret agents, Alex Geerman and Stephanie Passavant came to us via Major Models and rocked out all day long!

Masha Gvozdov did a great job getting the sexy spy look together with hair and makeup. Props also go out to Charles at Modacycle helping us connect with our great wardrobe. Cheers.

Not only did Francesco from Evandro Tech Motors lend us the Ferrari, but he stepped behind the wheel as our stunt driver. Nice job.

In composing the music, I wanted to go for a really straight forward action score a la John Barry’s amazing music for the James Bond films. I think I ended up hearing more of my favorite Kurt Weill vibe then Mr. Barry…

But wait…. we’ve got Alvin van der Kuech taking this edit to his studios to create another score variation. Taking a minute for us, A.V. is currently enjoying global dance floor domination with his latest release and is about a month away from the next EP.

A long standing friend and creative collaborator is bound to blow our heads off, so stay tuned for the next “Bullet Proof” post.

Produced by Obscure Object Films and Talfoto
Directed by Stephen Dirkes
Camera by Miklos Buk
Still Photography by Tal Shpantzer
Music and edit by Stephen Dirkes
Casting and Styling by Tal Shpantzer
Hair and Makeup by Masha Gvozdov
Transportation by Rebecca Trent
Production assistant Alvin van der Kuech

Special Thanks
Marlon Gobel
Hayden-Harnett
Showroom Seven
Erickson Beamon
Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose
Ayaka Nishi
Major Models
Evandro Tech Motors
The Creek & The Cave
modacycle.com

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“Obscure Object Part 3” at Outlet Seven, East Village, NYC

November 14, 2009

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The Obscure Object Films, Photo/Film/Fashion media blender keeps spinning next week with an exhibition of stills from “Obscure Object Part 3” by Tal Shpantzer and Stephen Dirkes. Thanks to fashionista and art lover, Patricia Lopes Cardoso Bessa, for introducing us to Showroom Seven and Outlet Seven presenting Tal Shapnatzer’s photography in the East Village outlet. (more…)