in honor of the closing hours of 2015, i wanted to write a music post and post an autoside–music and photography being, this year as always, two things that bring enrichment and joy.
this musical recommendation comes as a result of something else that brings enrichment and joy: great tv.
a recent highlight from the cultural endeavors of 2015 includes re-watching the entire series of HBO’s six feet under. though several years old now it holds up so well and is so amazingly insightful as far as family dynamics and relationships go.
that closing sequence that shows the fate of all the main characters, shown with sia’s “breathe me” playing achingly over it all was sooooo good…
along similar lines of brilliant exploration of complicated family dynamics is amazon’s original series transparent, created by one of the six feet under producers, jill soloway. in the second season (the latest one) a song reoccurred throughout several episodes. it was alice boman’s “waiting.” (see below)
i found it so haunting and beautiful the first time i heard it i re-watched the scene during which it played several times. not unlike the closing sequence to six feet under…
as most bloggers do from time to time, i’ve gotten behind on posting. but i have a very good excuse: i was planning my wedding…and then i got married and went on a honeymoon.
since we’ve been back i’ve been tending to lots of things that got backburner’ed for months, including posting.
the things that are brightening my days lately include incredibly fond memories of the wedding, our 10-day trip to croatia shortly thereafter, and tending to house stuff–which, it turns out, i love!
as an olive branch while i get back on schedule, i offer this beautiful tune from vetiver. the album, to find me gone, came out in 2006; i found it during my years in california and have come back to this song over and over again ever since.
wait for it…
i know i just talked about the new instagram layout, but i spent last week as the guest poster for the ASMP austin/san antonio chapter account so i’m talking about instagram again. this was the first time i was a guest poster so that was a thrill! i did my usual post of autosides every couple of days and threw in some images that are representative of what i shoot for clients and what i shoot as an austinite going about my daily life. it was fun! big thanks to josh huskin, the social media chair of the chapter, for setting up the opportunity!
i don’t have a new account (still the same @meg_mulloy), but the updated layout looks awesome!
i discovered this after clicking on a link while reading the wild magazine inteview of tei shi (who’s song “see me” i love) by faith silva, whose work i just discovered while checking out the awesome gorilla vs. bear music blog.
p.s. every link in that last sentence is great and worth a click.
my brilliant fiancé is a designer with white whale games who, this past year, kickstarted a card game called MONSTROCARDS.
we got to work together on a series of still photographs of our friends who played the game (scroll to the end) and then we collaborated again, along with writer/director colin gray, on the video for the kickstarter campaign (see below). i shot the video using a canon 5D mark ii with 28mm, 50mm and 85mm prime lenses.*
the game just started shipping out this past week and is starting to get some buzz, so i thought it the perfect time to talk about the video.
we shot it in one afternoon in a friend’s kitchen, casting 5 of our friends in non-speaking roles–the whole thing was VO’ed by dan boehl–and showing the various phases of the game with hammed up expressions and body language. we wanted it to feel playful, fun and poppy, with a cadence like game commercials from the 50s and 60s. the music helps and much credit for the awesome finished product is due to josh meyers of emergent order who edited it with me and colin over the course of a couple of hot july afternoons and more than a few coke slurpees.
here are some of the stills from the campaign:
katie’s winning monstrocard: giant farmer
these were all basically one-light portraits in front of a white sweep. i had a background light on a floor stand to provide a gradient behind the subject’s shoulders and photographed each model with a large softbox on a strobe set up for loop lighting.
charles’ winning monstrocard: underwater summer camp
quin’s winning monstrocard: tacky chair
*notes on shooting video: there are several settings you can use for the video feature on the canon DSLRs, but i used the 1920x1080p format at 24fps. shutter speeds of 1/60th or slower seem to work best, otherwise the footage can look choppy.
if this handsome fellow looks familiar it’s because i also photographed him with my pentax 67ii while in marfa last july. he’s part of the contact sheets in the marfa post from last fall. and i’m still in love with that place…
p.s if you look hard you can see the marfa water tower peaking out from behind the trees.