Have you ever done something that you thought was going to be difficult and in need of your full focus and then had it turn into the most incredible circus you have ever been to? I have.
My friend Ricardo Montalbum was starting a show called Brunchlesque. He needed some promo shots themed around breakfast foods. He brought in a cast of local characters, The Balloonmaster (Rob Cole), Warren Ross (Scorch The Clown), Tralena Sable, Blue Ruin, Caramel D'Lite and Miss Miranda Glamour. We set up a green screen and a kitchen table set and Ricardo brought in props.
I was expecting breakfast food items like syrup and some pre-cooked pancakes. What I was not fully prepared for were the big knives, pistols and shotgun that also entered the studio. It should have been a signal of what was coming.
I had the room and backdrop well lit with multiple lights. Since the intention was to add in a back wall using some publicly available images of a 50's style kitchen, we didn't give a lot of care to the wrinkles in my green screen and we started to shoot.
I have never laughed more in a shoot. I try to keep things light during a shoot, but this crowd had me and everyone else roaring with every shot. I am pretty sure the ringleader was Rob, but everyone had a hand in the mayhem.
I think the shots speak for themselves, and if you follow any of these people on Facebook, then you have probably heard the stories.
I have included only a few of the final edits with the kitchen wall added here. The reason for that is that I could only verify two of the background textures we used as legal and freely available. The others were of questionable origin, and I never received responses from the posters when I requested their permission to use them. Unfortunate, because one image fit so perfectly with the shot. I wish we could share it.
So here they are, 38 images of mayhem featuring my zany friends here in Las Vegas. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did making them. Let us know what you think on Facebook.