It's always a dynamic creative process to collaborate with Anthony Mascolo, hairdressing legend and photographic visionary. His brief for Fearless//Reckless was personal, non-commercial and uncompromising.The shoot was designed to echo the powerful film we had made together years before, together with maestro director Michael Lindsay... 'Initiation'. The Initiation shoot gave us a lot of our visual language, to be mixed this time round with a monochromatic, gritty quality and an altogether more shadowy palette
We shot on two Red Weapon cameras, knowing that the event would happen only once and that all of its risk, intensity and spontaneity could not be missed.
Anthony planned to cut the model's hair (the beautiful and talented Bre Lambitz), cropping it with clippers at a speed both fearless and reckless. This was a simultaneously ferocious, beautiful, spontaneous and sculptural action cut... a performance of the risk and beauty that Anthony explores in the transformative moment of cutting.
We utilised Angenieux Optimo zooms shooting at T4. A 30-80mm on the closer A camera, handheld by myself, and the 45-120 on the B camera mounted to a tripod on a 'Rolling Spider', this operated by Panos Damaskinidis. There was also some macro work after the cut where we brought the ferocious energy of the clippers to life. For lighting I used two sources: An overhead Arri Skpanel with a 5 foot Octodome, and a side Key light, a Joker 1600 HMI through another 5ft Octodome. This created a large 'single source' of soft light which while wrapping around the action, also left much to fall into the shadows
As well as the film, we always knew that we wanted to extract stills from the shoot.
For this purpose we shot at 5.5K on the Weapon cameras, shooting at at 96fps... giving us both the resolution and the shutter duration we needed for extracting the stills images. The retiming of these shots in the film, and the resultant staccato shutter was something we had always anticipated and embraced. These stills then became the focus of the Infringe Magazine feature. 10 striking pages dedicated to Fearless//Reckless.
It was a great experience to have been part of such a tight creative team with Anthony, Pat and Joss Mascolo, Panos Damaskinidis, Aris Akritidis and AC Dan DiMartino on the shoot... and the larger Infringe Team bringing it all to life afterwards.
Link to the film, prints and BTS film here: