Almost nothing in this production went totally as planned. Sometimes that meant better results than we had hoped for. In the Santa Monica Pier scenes, for instance, we got some otherworldly fog that totally changed how we shot there, and the results are unreal. On the other hand, there were some less favorable turns. On the day that we were supposed to shoot Margaux swinging on a giant swing set in Lake Michigan, the waves were far higher (and colder) than the forecast had predicted. We got down there at sunrise and pushed our handmade swing set, creaking ominously in the wind, into the water. It did not go well. Fortunately we were cautious enough to keep Margaux off the swing until we were sure it was safe.. which it wasn’t.
We’ve been waiting a while to share this project we did with our friends Combatant Gentlemen , and now that their Summit Collection has officially launched, we can finally show you what we got to do this year:
And it basically changed our lives. We spent one sweltering hot week in Italy, drinking cappuccinos (before lunch, never after), touring the wool capitol of the world, and getting a blunt lesson in how Italians view life. Their overwhelming passion for food, style, tradition was so inspiring and beautiful, we couldn’t help but walk away with a fresh perspective, and a desire to incorporate some of their ideals in to our daily life. The most obvious transformation being that we’re Suit Guys now.
In what we like to call a social experiment, we’ve challenged ourselves and each other to introduce a little passion in to how we get dressed every morning before we go out in to the world. While I can’t speak for the other bros, the difference in my life has been undeniable, and honestly pretty fascinating. It’s a lifestyle that invites confidence, respect, and appreciation, just by putting in some effort in the morning…which makes it really fun. The positive effects are rewarding enough that I can really get behind the mission Combatant Gentlemen is on. They’re doing a pretty damn good job of making this lifestyle choice a possibility for more and more people, and I’m proud to be helping them get the message out by making videos like this.
Anyway, I’m stoked I got to do this for work. Here are some photos we took in Italy of some amazing people and places.
Our lovely bed and breakfast hosts. They gave us a bed, and the mosquitos ate our hot sweaty bodies for breakfast.
This is Muriel. She was our guide to Italian shaming. Here she is teaching me how to properly talk with my hands. She would also refuse to let me consume milk after lunch, and was very honest about how unimpressed she was with our production fashion. We love her because it was the kick in the ass we needed to step our game up.
Our friend Max, on the left, gave us an additional tour of a Silk distributer in Como. It was beyond.
I’m so proud that Shark Pig has an ongoing relationship with Leisure Society. This is my 4th short film for the luxury eye wear brand, and they always give me so much creative freedom. It’s also not terrible to hang out on a big yacht with beautiful people all day. Check it out!
Emmadime, the talented graphic designer and blogger, used to work in The Flashdance office with all of us until one day a handsome young scientist named Bubba swept her off her feet and all the way to San Francisco. Not long after, they got hitched.
As for the wedding, they generously gave photographer Jennifer Emerling and I TONS of time for portraiture, so we drove them all over the city. Because of that, and because her wedding was genuinely one of the most intimate and special events we’ve seen, we are excited and proud to finally show off our work and celebrate this couple.
Seriously, just look at these two random photos I just snagged from Jenn’s new website. Oh, by the way, Jenn just launched a brand spankin’ new website (designed by Emma, and it’s super dope). There you will find all of the photos. We suggest looking at them, but fair warning – your eyeballs might explode.
And here is their video!
Special thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for the big post today!