Monday, March 12, 2012
For a little bit different change of pace, here's a photoshoot I did a couple months back for a local photographer. But this time, it had nothing to do with fashion. Sometimes, I like to stretch out and dust off my acting skills. So while this was not a video shoot, it required me to get into the mind of a character I've not run around in for years. Most friends and acquaintances that I have now don't know that I used to be quite the G.I. Jane. Well, a kid version of G.I. Jane. My life's aspiration was to be an F-14 fighter pilot. I was part of Civil Air Patrol, Army JROTC, and ARMY ROTC throughout my schooling. It dropped off in favour of my current career, but it was extremely pivotal during my formative years to help shape the person I am today.
So I kicked off my stilettos and strapped on a pair of combat boots to be the leader of a S.W.A.T. team for this narrative photoshoot. You can see the whole shoot at TTime's Photography Facebook page ----> https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/TTime-Photography/142930119144314) The location was at the Tennessee State Penitentiary, famous for being used as the location for movies such as The Green Mile, Walk the Line, The Last Castle, Last Dance, and Against the Wall. The drive up was absolutely surreal. The front of the penitentiary looks more akin to a castle than what we'd associate a prison looking like today. It was uncomfortably beautiful; beautiful for the architecture and uncomfortable for what we know lay behind those walls. The shoot itself was very enjoyable (albeit cold! Thankfully one of my co-actors introduced me to the wonders that are Hand Warmers from Walmart. They're little packets with...y'know, I don't even know what exactly what was inside the packet, but whatever it was kept my hands seriously warm). I reveled in being on a set for 8+ hours. It felt really good to stretch my legs after being cooped up in the house for a couple months of solid storyboarding. Here's a few highlights from the shoot (if interested, you can see the rest on the Facebook page link above)...
Photography: Justin Thomas of TTime Photography Makeup: Jay Moneyy