I remember when I worked for a large hifi company a few years ago, we did a shoot at a posh place.
Long story, but it ended up with what should have been a simple shoot turning into the maddest 24 hours of my life. I'm not exagerating when I say that the 'Art Director' was just like Fraannc from Father Of The Bride and he ended up in the swimming pool having a hissy fit and crying because the light 'wasn't RIGHT !'. When we got him out, he refused to work on the project any further that day unless we all stripped down to our undies, so that we could 'feel the moment' he was trying to create. Of course, up to that stage I didn't know the true extent of the body piercings that the (female) photography assistant actually had. With chains joining some of them together.
The model ended up getting arrested that night when we all went out (let's jusy say that she wasn't just a pretty face), at one point there were some people of limited height involved who were working at the local Panto (Snow White), a live goldfish appeared in a bag later in the evening and may or may not have ended up in someone's mouth and one of our salespeople ended up having a bucket of custard thrown over him. By a Morris Dancer.
Then we went to the kebab shop.......
Unlikely that I'll be allowed to say what happened next.......there might be people of a nervous disposition reading this.
I think I'm in the wrong job!
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I thought there were kebab shops almost everywhere
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If I told you that this kebab shop had a live sheep in it.........in the 'special' backroom, to which the 'model' we were with was invited.
Obviously we just went along to make sure she was safe.
The evening started to get a little weird from this point.
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Here's an old brochure shot from eight or nine years back. The shots are always organised by the photographer for aesthetic reasons, they don't really worry if the system would work or sound particularly good and certainly wouldn't wire it up unless power was required for displays! They will ad an image to any screens in the shots with Photoshop, if you've ever tried to photograph an image on a screen you'll know it doesn't work particularly well for various reasons (this is the same process used in the mags for any shots of screens, none will be taken "live").
This is the pre-Photoshop version and you can see the floor in particular needed much post-production work. I remember putting that flooring together, it took hours and the room was massive. The model lady was very nice and made tea though Nowadays we tend to stick more to standard product images than these "lifestyle" shots. Not my kinda thing really.
Was it htis one?
I've been in that house.
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Hmm, possibly, it looks familiar but I thought it was nearer Southampton way - it was a long time back to be honest though and I can't even remember if I was the one who drove!
I think many of the places featured on Grand Designs recently focus far too much on being open plan and using materials in their natural state - half of the last series seemed to be oddly stacked box-shaped houses with bare concrete and MDF everywhere, they all looked cold and uninviting - also the toilets and bedrooms always seemed to feature full-length windows to the outside world, I'm sure the neighbours don't need to see that from their pretentious neighbours over their breakfast cereal every morning...
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Is it this one in Clapham?
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That looks pretty close! (my sense of direction must have been well off!)
Ah ha, another one for the Annoy thread: Grand Designs homeowners*, especially the anchors with the old violin factory
* Honourable exceptions: the couple with the Huf Haus; the couple who redeveloped the old leccy sub-station (with a Mini in the living-room); the woodsman who built his house from local trees and clay
Is that ALL rhyming slang?
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Wasn't the Huf Haus one where, the male of the couple was an architect and they were building on the plot of the recently demolished house he had designed and built only 40 years previously.
Design and build a house to last 40 years, what a brilliant idea.
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So these people spend a great deal of time, effort, angst and money on a 'grand 'design' home and there is another one just up the road.
No they really did have an old violin factory. This is one I've not come across before.
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