Upon request, I was guided through the prison-esque architecture that plays home to the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), and brought to the uttermost back, dark and dingy corner of the building. Among the struggles of carrying around 10 camera bags which held the video cameras, tripods and my own lights and camera which easily weighed a combined 500lbs (give or take), up and down several flights of stairs, and pushing our way through a throng of artists searching for inspiration in nicotine and from their friend Mary Jane, we finally found the only stairwell that would work for us. The graffiti stairwell at ACAD plays host to any type of public art (mainly graffiti) done by its students. For most ACAD students it is a place where they can express themselves artistically without judgment or critique. For me it was an ugly, sticky, and smelly stairwell that hadn’t been swept in the past 10 years. I was majorly creeped out. It was messy and cluttered and had buzzing orange and green underlying tinged fluorescent lights as well as a strange shrine to children’s dolls that were covered in what I hope to be fake blood. And because of all of the dirt and layers of paint, it worked perfectly for our shoot.
Justice Brooks is a wonderful close friend of mine and for anyone who knows him or his work, he loves music — mainly rap but I don’t judge him to strictly for his musical tastes. His career goal is to film big budget music videos in LA and through all his demos and work around the Calgary area he will have no problem attaining that goal.
I had just met Patrick Cahoon for the first time that day and was instantly in love with his flamboyant personality, laugh, and smile. Patrick spends most of his time directing videos instead of working the lens, and his quiet genius for his art showed through how he worked with me. He was just as quiet and awkward as I was but as soon as he had an idea (and they came through often) then he would immediately change things around and take charge to make the scene work for him.
I used my Canon 7D camera with a Canon 430 ex flash, a Metz AF-50 flash, and pocket wizards and umbrellas to control the fall of my light.