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May 18th
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Article: Assisting USA Today – Zac Efron portrait session, mdphotoblog
please check out the source for full size and for other set up pics

Generally speaking, I’m not big into the Hollywood lifestyle.  It’s a little too lavish and excessive for my taste but on occasion, it’s a great setup for some cool gigs.  My latest assignment was to assist USA Today photographer, Robert Hanashiro, on a portrait shoot for actor Zac Efron, in promotion of his new movie “Neighbors”, co-starring Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne.

Our assignment; get a few different looks for portraiture, and set up for a quick 5 minute video interview.  Our location; a small room in a chic Beverly Hills hotel.  The setup took about an hour and a half, where we assessed how much space was available, what our backdrop would be, and where to set up our lights and modifiers.  I can’t take much creative ownership in this process.  Bert’s the man at knowing what he wants and how to execute it.  As per usual, I just try to help out wherever I can.  Here are a couple behind the scenes images from the shoot.

From a technical standpoint, this shoot had its challenges. The room was small and the ceilings were low.  All in all we didn’t have much room at our disposal.  What made it easy was how cool Zac Efron was.  He was engaging, funny, and obviously very photogenic.  I had never seen Zac Efron in anything before, but after this experience, I totally understand his appeal.  He’s an easy person to gravitate to and just a great person to shoot.

Cinemax (maybe there will be more from them?)


Made in Hollywood

JoBlo with Nick

Black Tree with Seth and Rose

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4 4 comments Comment
kleth on May 19th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
" I had never seen Zac Efron in anything before..."

Some people lead very drab and colorless lives.
countessm3countessm3 on May 19th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
He's so ridiculously cute and good-looking. When he's 80 all the little old ladies in the retirement home are going to be fighting one another for the seat opposite him at Bingo...
kleth on May 20th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
"When he's 80..."

At last, cougar bait that's attainable.
countessm3countessm3 on May 21st, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Lol. Indeed.