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Urban Planet Fashion Campaign chris kilkus photography

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Urban Planet Fashion Campaign by Chris Kilkus Photography

Urban Planet Fashion Campaign by Chris Kilkus PhotographyUrban Planet Fashion Campaign by Chris Kilkus Photography
Urban Planet Fashion Campaign by Chris Kilkus Photography

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May 23rd, 2011 at 6:55 am

Urban Planet Summer Video by chris kilkus

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Here is out latest video for Urban Planet, shot at the same time we were doing their still campaign.  We shot this one on the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu.  If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, or just visiting, it’s definitely worth spending some time there.  It has a lovely little beach town vibe, there is a cafe and bar right in the sand.  Unfortunately, they day we were shooting was really cold and windy!  It’s always a challenge when mother nature doesn’t cooperate on a location shoot….. in this case there really wasn’t much we could do but keep the models as warm as possible and try to get the wind to work in the hair’s favor.

Christian Stoehr and Russ Lyster were working the Canon 5D packages for me on this one.  We kept it pretty simple, a couple cameras on RedRock rigs, a slider, tripod, and then just hand held reflectors for light control.  I wanted to keep it loose and give it somewhat of a vacation film vibe so most of the shots were hand held, but we threw in a few slider and tripod shots to keep a little of that cinematic feel too.

Of course, the challenge for me on these shoots is balancing the still and motion parts of the production, especially when the still is the most critical for the client.  The only way to do it is have two separate crews going at the same time, and I just walk back and forth from one to the other….. it can make for a busy day!  But with a decent amount of preparation things still tend to run quite smoothly.

I hope you enjoy our little film, and be sure to check back often for sneak peeks of our latest work.

Urban Planet by Chris Kilkus Photography

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May 20th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Wonderful Machine Blog Post

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Wonderful Machine made a nice blog post about the motion work we have done for our client Urban Planet.  Check it out HERE

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January 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am

Urban Planet Video

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Urban Planet Fashion Video from Christopher Kilkus on Vimeo.

Here is our latest video for Urban Planet, shot at the same time as we shot the still campaign.  What a challenge to get both a still campaign and video done in the same day!  Luckily, I have a great team and we pulled it off really well.  We ended up doing over 20 still shots, and this video, all within 8 hours on a painfully humid day in upstate New York.

Again we shot this on two Canon 5d MarkII cameras using a tripod, slider, and Redrock cinema rig.  We left the steadycam at home again. It would have been nice to use on some of the shots, but we had to move so fast we just wouldn’t have the time to switch over to the steadycam anyway.  Our light package was beyond simple, just two Lowel Omni lights and whatever light we could suck out of an overcast day.

I edited this video by myself too, I’m definitely getting more comfortable with that process.  It’s probably the most important skill to learn for any still photographer that is getting into motion.  It’s like putting a puzzle together and can be really enjoyable…. though it’s a long process, something that I have to keep in mind when getting booked on these jobs.  A one day video shoot can turn into one solid week of editing, and that doesn’t leave much room to be working on other jobs.

Check out that kiss at the end of the video…. WOW! That’s Rachelle from NEXT Models, she’s fantastic on set and doesn’t hold anything back! 🙂

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November 30th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Urban Planet Fashion Video

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Here is our latest fashion video from the Urban Planet campaign shoot a few weeks ago in Brooklyn, New York.

Urban Planet is a cool fashion retailer from Canada and this season they were going for a bit of a grunge style.  It’s always fun for me to shoot with these guys because it’s a different style than I normally do, a bit moodier and more dramatic.

I worked with the wonderful Urban Planet art director Ian Mclleland, and production was kept smooth and trouble free by Christine Kelly, and our stylist Kelly Brown put great outfits together and was a joy as always.

I wasn’t going to have the time or the budget to bring my full crew and equipment package from Los Angeles, so Jacob at CSI Rentals put together everything for me from scratch.  I was a bit nervous about working with assistants provided by a rental house, but they turned out to be the most professional and hard working group of guys I have ever come across!  Thanks Tom Judge, Mark Glenn, Justin Conly, and David Chow!

To make things easier on myself I rented the Digital, Lighting and Grip Van package from CSI….. basically a vehicle that is full of all the equipment you would ever need on a location photo shoot.  This service is common place in Los Angeles, we use them all the time, but as far as I know CSI is one of the only companies that provides this in New York.  I have to say, it was a pleasure not to have to travel through the airport with my usual six giant Pelican cases of equipment!

We shot the video at the same time as the still photoshoot, which is always a massive challenge.  We don’t want to slow the still shoot down because we still need to get about 20 or so shots done in a day, but at the same time we want to do MORE than just a simple behind the scenes video.  It’s just a matter of dividing our forces.  My cameraman is Christian Stoehr who has a lot of experience shooting television and feature films, so he has a good eye and is used to the run and gun style of shooting this requires.

We go into the shoot with an idea of a story we want to tell on video, map out some shots, and I give as much direction as I can. During the shoot, whenever I have time I’ll stay with him and direct the scenes, but since I’m still responsible for getting the still shoot done, I often have to leave him to his own devices.  For this shoot I made sure he also had a camera assistant since we were at a pretty rough location on one of the hottest days of the year in New York.  And the assistant really earned his money that day, there was a point when he almost passed out from the heat!

We shot this on the Canon 5D equipment, and for this one we only had a tripod and a RedRock shoulder rig….. we didn’t have the room to bring the steadycam and slider from L.A.  One thing we have learned with the Canon 5D is that you have to load a cinematic Picture Profile when shooting video….. it mimics shooting on color negative film, sort of flattens out the color, exposure and contrast.  This gives us much more leeway in our color and exposure adjustments in post, and lends the final product a more cinematic feel.

This is also the first video that I have edited completely on my own.  I fought learning Final Cut Pro…. I didn’t want yet another super intensive piece of software in my brain…. it must be getting completely filled up in there by now! 🙂  But I’ve realized unless I really knew software and workflow, I was never gonna get the results I wanted.  Filmmaking is a much more collaborative process than photography, but everyone still needs to have a background in everyone else’s job to be able to communicate effectively.  So now that I understand Final Cut and the editing process, I feel like I’m going to be a lot better at working with professional editors on my future videos.

So hope you enjoy the video, and below are a few of the still photos I pulled off the Urban Planet website.  I’ll get around to editing this shoot and retouching these for my portfolio soon.

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August 12th, 2010 at 9:08 am

Urban Planet Fashion Film

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Here’s a film we shot for Urban Planet a few weeks ago.

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April 21st, 2010 at 1:55 pm