Week of Models VI – Noah Legrand as Roy Hackman.

My last shoot for this challenge fell apart completely. First my location, then my hair & make-up artist, and finally one of the models. So we rescheduled the shoot for a day when we can do it like we envisioned it. To make matters worse, both my back-ups couldn’t make it. One was busy at work and the other was out of town. That’s when my good buddy Noah stepped in to save the day. When I asked him what kind of character he wanted to play, he instantly said he wanted to a bombing comedian. “The thought of doing …

Week of Models VI – Christine Williams as Herself.

I met Christine through Short Film Club, where she has constantly impressed me with her ability to learn new talents any time you ask her to do something. She’s a fun person to talk to and she loves to play characters, which is why I reached out to her about being involved in this particular Week of Models challenge. Unfortunately most of the characters she was interested in playing would have been expensive to put together properly, which is why I eventually asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She told me “I think I wanted …

Week of Models VI – Kylie McLaughlin as Heidi.

I met Kylie in Short Film Club, where she has been a cinematographer and actress. When she reached out to me about participating in Week of Models, I was glad, because she has an interesting face, a great smile, and a unique look. When I asked her about her character, she said she wanted to be a girl named Heidi from the 70’s because “The 1970s is the decade I get most my fashion inspiration from and I would love to spend a day in head to toe vintage bliss.” And when I asked her about Heidi’s story, she said, …

Week of Models VI – Laura Cook as Charlie Cross.

Laura was the reason I decided to make my sixth Week of Models into the character challenge. She wanted to play her alter ego, Charlie Cross. Here’s how she described her character, “whatever the opposite of anxious, worrisome and neurotic is. Calm, cool, collected, breezy. She’s vengeful, but not hateful. It’s just they eye for an eye thing. She makes a decision quickly and commits to it without fear. She’s what I try to keep a lid on, the id. The unapologetically self destructive badass.” When I asked her about her character’s story, she said, “The story would probably have …

Week of Models VI – Kaitlin Cruise as A Schizophrenic.

I first met Kaitlin when she joined her best friend, Katy Hancock, on a boudoir shoot we did. I was glad to hear she was interested in being part of Week of Models, because she has a beautiful face and a good idea for her character. Most people wanted to play cooler versions of themselves, but Kaitlin was interested in playing a darker version. Heres what she said… “I was recently told that schizophrenia actually runs in my family and I think it could be interesting to explore. I’ve done some research about it and it seems like mental health …

Week of Models VI – Joseffa Trip as The Survivor.

When I first spoke to Joseffa about being a part of Week of Models, she either wanted to be an elegant lady or a post-apocalyptic badass. Clearly the latter is much more fun. I had the perfect location too, an enormous abandoned Hypermart in Garland, where I was already planning a post-apocalyptic badass shoot with Amanda Reyes. As I was gathering inspiration for the shoot, I decided on having two tall male faceless scavengers hunting for people that Joseffa & Amanda would try and fight off. Then I realized that what would be more interesting would be for Joseffa & …

Week of Models VI – Bailey Limmer as Crush.

Bailey is a fantastic actress I’ve worked with several times on films like Zombie In A Shed and A Date With Death. When I asked her to participate in this Week of Models challenge (the character challenge), she said she wanted to be a comic book character. “I like how animated they are. They’re big and dramatic and a little goofy all in one character.” When I asked her what her superpower would be and why, she said, “Super strength because I’m not necessarily physically strong. I’m the small, weak person in real life. So if I were a super …

Joseffa Trip – Headshots.

Joseffa Trip is one of my favorite actresses. Ever since she first auditioned for Short Film Club with a Meryl Streep monologue, I’ve been blown away by her range and passion. It’s fascinating to watch her become entirely different characters and occupy their mind. We’ve been working on a few projects lately, such as In All Honesty and Superherophobia. When she asked me to take her headshots, I was delighted. My go-to hair & make-up artist Mallory Chokas dolled her up, and we ventured around the Denton Square looking for some nice neutral backgrounds with texture. She thought it was …

“Strange” by Jena & Claire.

This all started when I ran into Jena Pyle at 35Denton right after she played Layer Cake’s reunion show and I asked to take her photo for People of Denton. Afterwards I listened to every Layer Cake song I could find, and everything from her current side project, Sundae Crush. I really dug her music, and messaged her on facebook about possibly collaborating. That’s when she told me that she was recording a cover of Patsy Cline’s song “Strange” with another of my favorite Denton musicians, Claire Morales. The inspiration for the music video came from Patsy Cline’s appearance on …

Lucy Love’s Paper Heart.

For this month’s Dollar Store Challenge, I went to all the dollar stores in town, walking up and down every aisle, trying to come up with a variety of ideas for possible shoots. My favorite store was the 99¢ Store off University Drive in Denton, because it had some of the strangest things. Most stores I looked at had a lot of what you’d expect to find, but the 99¢ Store had a mish-mash of items from several different decades, including some items that were completely obsolete or that no sensible person would ever want. My four main ideas were …