Turns out the Chinese were totally wrong. 2013 is actually the year of the chicken.
At least thats what advertising is telling us, as (so far) this year 3 different brands have released ads that place their weight on some small feathered shoulders. While overlooked at release, Fujifilm’s spot for their X-S1 camera found lots of love when later in the year Mercedes-Benz showed us how a Benz is actually just like a chicken. Shortly thereafter, LG showed up to the coop with their own feature length look at the birds incredible stability. The big question though, WHO DID IT BEST?
Once upon a time, Nikki Ormerod was George Simhoni’s assistant. Now, several years later, the two are back together, joining powers in their first collaborative job with Nikki handling stills and George in the director’s chair. Working alongside Peter Holmes from Reason Partners, the pair were tasked with creating a fun and energetic campaign for Dulux Canada‘s fall paint colours. We’ll get into the work – but first – a quick word from Dulux.
Everybody gets paint on their clothes when painting. But who knew it would become a worldwide fashion trend? The Dulux Collection is a fun look at splatter paint fashion, showcasing our fall colour palette on clothes instead of walls.
Director: George Simhoni
Photographer: Nikki Ormerod
Client: Dulux Canada
Agency: Reason Partners
Agency President: Jeff Plowman
Creative Director: Peter Holmes
DP & Editing: Spot Cinema Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Jukka & Lisa Vella
Stylist & Wardrobe: Marie-Eve Tremblay
Brand Manager: Martin Tustin-Fuchs
Producer: Tom Nesbitt
Assistants: Gabe Nivera, Marvin Kwan, Bryan Ulrich, Noel Araquel, & Laura Crowell
Want to make your own paint splatter shirt but don’t want the mess? Well Dulux has created an app for their Facebook page that will allow you to do just that! After designing your shirt with the Splatter App (seen below), you’ll be given the chance to buy and submit your work to the gallery. Each week a panel of Dulux colour experts will be selecting the t-shirt design they like best and awarding the creator with $100 in gift certificates.
There’s a staggering amount of BTS images from this shoot so stay tuned as later in the week we’ll give them their very own post! Until then, why not go check out the Splatter App and channel you inner Pollock for the chance to win some free paint!
Video © George Simhoni
Images © Nikki Ormerod
Vicky Lam has got brand new series of editorial shots that are hot off the presses and she’s here to tell you all about it.
I’ve always been proud to be a Canadian, but even more so today.
Pick up today’s issue of Report on Business in the Globe and Mail, found nationwide, and learn about Canadian-made products and companies that we should be proud of. I was really happy when Clare Jordan from the Globe and Mail contacted me and put forth a challenge – to photograph an eclectic mix of products yet maintain a consistent feel as an entire series.
It isn’t often that I get asked to shoot an entire series of more than 3 shots as a tabletop photographer, so this was an exciting opportunity for me as a visual story teller. Furthermore, it was an eye-opening experience as I learned more about Canadian companies and products. Seriously, who else didn’t know that Michelin is actually a Canadian company? I know I’ll appreciate it just a little more next time I change over to winter tires.
Here are a few shots from the story:
Bikes from Devinci
Cookware by Paderno
Beautiful speakers from Totem Acoustic
Tools and Hardware from Garant
Photographer: Vicky Lam
Client: Report on Business Magazine
Director of Photography: Clare Jordan & May Truong
Art Director: Domenic Macri
Associate Art Director: Emily Vezer
Article written by: David Berman, Dawn Calleja, and John Daly
Assistant: Alex Beetham
I’ve mentioned before that it usually helps me to visualize beforehand to try some sketches (especially for larger shoots), but even so, sometimes it comes down to playing with the actual product when on set. McCain Foods has been a long-standing Canadian company and world leader in producing frozen fries. Here are some quick drawings I did before the shoot as possible executions.
And the various types of fries McCain offers – I never knew there were so many! And to think, we didn’t even purchase all the different varieties available at the grocery store! We baked and fried 5 various varieties, can you pinpoint all of them?
So how did the final shot turn out? For that you’ll have to pick up a copy of Report on Business and learn about six outstanding Canadian companies while viewing the rest of my latest work. In a time where there’s an influx of imports, I feel proud to be able to feature quality homemade products from right here in Canada.
All Images © Vicky Lam
Things are looking mighty different over on Shanghoon’s website as of this morning, so here’s a quick word from the man himself about what’s new in his world.
I am pleased to release a new campaign that I worked on with Anomaly for the new Budweiser Crown, a premium amber lager that’s been brewed with a caramel malt that delivers an incredible smooth flavour!
Along with this new campaign I am also pleased to announce the launch of my brand new website over at www.shanghoon.com!
To see more recent campaigns and other assignments, head on over to www.shanghoon.com and check out my new work section. ~ S
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So you know the drill. Drop that finger and go get an eye-full of awe and wonder courtesy of the all new Shanghoon.com.
Images/ Video © Shanghoon
We’re handing the blogging powers off to Vicky Lam for today’s post, as she’s put together a wonderful tale filled with childhood dreams and sugary indulgence. Ladies and Gents give it up for Ms Vicky Lam!
★★★ I DREAM OF DOUGHNUTS ★★★
And there beside Obama and the likes of Prince Harry, you’ll find my cover of doughnuts for last month’s issue of Toronto Life.
I was really excited when Director of Photography, Daniel Neuhaus, contacted me about photographing doughnuts. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it was hard not to salivate at the idea of photographing a large stack of doughnuts from Toronto’s Glory Hole Doughnuts. And then the day finally came when it all showed up. Glory Hole graciously supplied us with an endless amount of donuts in all colours and toppings. I felt like a kid in a candy store, only this time it was our own personal supply of doughnuts.
The only challenge was figuring out how to stack these gigantic doughnuts into one large tower, and keep it standing upright. To solve this jenga-type problem, we enlisted the help of stylist, Christina Yan. Here are some snippets to how we approached the shoot and what really goes on behind the creation of a doughnut tower. To start off, Christina illustrated the cutest stack of doughnuts to help us visualize, and from there we began the construction process.
In reality, our jenga tower of doughnuts was actually a precarious leaning tower of Pisa, supported by all kinds of dowels and skewers.
Here’s what the final shot actually looked like, along with an extra that’s worth clicking on so you can see all the glorious detail!
Also as part of The Things To Eat and Drink issue, here is another shot I took that’s a bit more on the healthy side of things. Mmmm… heirloom tomatoes!
Photographer: Vicky Lam
Client: Toronto Life
Director of Photography: Daniel Neuhaus
Stylist: Christina Yan
Assistant: Alex Beetham (doughnuts), Rebecca Leach (tomatoes)
Doughnuts: Glory Hole Doughnuts
Many thanks to Daniel Neuhaus and the team at Toronto Life for such a fun and delicious shoot – plus keeping me giddy with anticipation weeks before the actual shoot day! Also many thanks to Christina Yan for her doughnut styling prowess. ~VL
All Images © Vicky Lam
**Editors Note – Click the detail shot of the doughnuts. Do it.**
One of the ways Nikki Ormerod enjoys her downtime between commercial jobs, is by getting ‘the girls’ together at the studio and churning out some fun creative fashion work. With many thanks to her and the ladies, today’s PHOTOGASM comes from two recent shoots featuring some fierce eyes and fancy wears. Enough words, let’s get into the good stuff.
Photographer: Nikki Ormerod
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Vella
Wardrobe: Shea Hurley
Hair & Makeup: Cait Mizzi
Wardrobe: Nadia Pizzimenti
Give a click to any of the images above to visit BLOGEROD and get a full look at Nikki’s creative series’. Enjoy the day kids!
All Images © Nikki Ormerod
As an added bonus to their recently announced partnership with Earth Day Canada, smart Canada has spent the last month donating $10 to the national EcoMentor’s program for every test drive of their smart fourtwo vehicle. To promote this offer and further showcase the eco-friendly motives of smart Canada, BBDO’s Mark Hesse called upon to George to whip up some of that Simhoni magic.
A little background on the EcoMentors program from smart before we take a look at George’s shot.
EcoMentors play an essential role in environmental education, and this mandate perfectly complements smart Canada’s mission of helping to make communities more functional, healthier and environmentally compatible. Through this new partnership and other highly successful ongoing initiatives such as the smart city project, smart remains passionately committed to making urban environments cleaner and more sustainable for all.
Photographer: George Simhoni
Client: smart Canada
Agency: BBDO Toronto
Art Director: Mark Hesse
Producer: John Stevancec
Retouching: Stir Editing
Assistant: Gabe Nivera
We’ll get a look at the shot in layout, but first a bit of behind the scenes.
There’s a bunch of great info on the initiatives of the smart city project just waiting to be read over on it’s website, so drop your finger and enjoy the day.
Image © George Simhoni
BTS Images © John Stevancec & Gabe Nivera
With a bit of time on his hands between projects, Chris Gordaneer packed up his camera and set off for a week-long trip to the greatest country on Earth – Scotland. Thanks to his Instagram account we were able to gave you a tease of the trip, and now the time has come to see what kind of candies he brought back for our eyes. We’ll kick things off with a look at Chris’ map – his travels marked in blue – before a bit of background on the trip.
Carrying little more than a few bare necessities, Chris arrived in Glasgow safely, where his first stop was picking up a rental truck to get out on the road. His second stop came 10 minutes later, when he had to return to the rental location. Apparently the best way to remember which side of the road to drive on is by colliding with a bus.
With his car troubles behind him, our hero was back on the road in search of beautiful countrysides and safe places for sleeping. We’ll let Chris take care of explaining that last one, but first a look at some of the beautiful Scottish scenery.
On this trip I wanted to spend some time just traveling the countryside and checking out some locations that have family ties to my mums side. I’ve been to Scotland a few times now and every time I’m there I can’t get over how surreal the landscape is. Everywhere you turn there’s a view worth capturing.
It was an absolute blast just being out on the road by myself, not having any real commitments, and just getting to take as much in as I could. Some might not be into the idea of sleeping on the side of the road in your rental truck, but the spacious Defender and sounds of the countryside really charges the batteries. ~CG
All Images © Chris Gordaneer
Champagne was the drink of choice for the authors behind Vicky Lam‘s latest cover when the book deal was announced. Now having an interview with NBC’s Today Show under their belt, as well as a spot on The Globe and Mail’s Top Ten in it’s launch week, we’re guessing they’ve installed a fountain that flows Dom Perignon. We’ll start off with a quick shot of the big cover, before handing things off to Vicky who’ll crack open another bottle and tell you some of the Reasons Mommy Drinks.
I was at my local Indigo/Chapters last weekend and low and behold I found a copy of my first book cover on for sale! Well, more like a cover I shot for the wonderful duo that is Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson. I’m excited to be a part of the inaugural launch of Reasons Mommy Drinks – the book edition! What started as a personal blog with hilarious anecdotes for new and expectant moms alike, soon grew into a weekly column for Metro. And now, they have a book!
I am by no means a mother myself, but found each entry to be a hilarious insight of what one could expect. Definitely worth the read and a great gift for all your new mom friends out there. Now available across North America via your local Indigo and Amazon.com. So get yourself a copy, put a drink in hand, and prepare for some good laughs. Cheers to all the moms out there! ~VL
Photographer: Vicky Lam
Authors: Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson
Cover Art Direction: Travis Cowdy
Assistant: Logan Allmendinger
Big thanks to Vicky for sharing, and a huge congrats to Lyranda and Fiona on their success! For more info on why mommy drinks, go check out their blog ReasonsMommyDrinks.com.
Have yourselves a great weekend folks.
All Images © Vicky Lam
Back when Ryan Enn Hughes worked with VICE on their THUMP launch party, we mentioned that the magazine has vast collection of YouTube channels – and today we’re TGIWing for one of our favourites – The Creators Project. Through the partnership of Intel and VICE, The Creators Project is a celebration of innovative artists no matter what their discipline is.
Yesterday the project debuted a incredible short film from Bot & Dolly, a design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics, and filmmaking. A quick preface from the video’s About section before your mind is blown by technology.
Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.
Get more info on BOX and Bot & Dolly by clicking over to their website, otherwise go have yourselves an awesome day. TGIW!