The Making of TONY HILL'S TREMOR ROCK

The Tony Hill Band (Richard Baker, Tony Hill & Pete Harris)

The Tony Hill Band (Richard Baker, Tony Hill & Pete Harris)

Photo stories are an interesting medium, somewhere between portrait and action photography with the added story aspect of filmmaking. When I heard that my friend Tony was about to shoot a video for his upcoming album H.L.I.O. I jumped at the opportunity to turn the video shoot into a photo story.

Here's the storyline for 'Tremor Rock' in a nutshell:

Filmmaker Josh Gurner in action

Filmmaker Josh Gurner in action

Tony gets hit over the head at a bar and finds himself tied to a pole, being tortured by an as of yet unknown tormentor. During the course of the video his injuries get progressively worse as the torture implements are revealed. His torturer turns out to be an ex-girlfriend (played by the talented actress/model Candice Dacosta) who has clearly nurtured a grudge for some time. 

The idea was to capture the video's storyline along with live band shots and behind-the-scene stills to portray the whole shoot in its entirety, as well as the team involved to make it all happen.

'Tremor Rock' was filmed by uniquely talented filmmaker Josh Gurner and working with him on set was great fun. His creative use of lighting, in conjunction with his visual approach to storytelling, enabled me to simply focus on capturing what was going on at the time. 

Special FX make up artist Louise turned Tony into a beaten up wreck of a man and if there's one thing I learned on this shoot then it's the immense skill and artistry that is required to make these injuries come to life and look so realistic.

 

I'm sure being tied up to a pole for several hours helped Tony's acting skills - he did look like he was in pain even when the camera stopped rolling.

Once the torture and live band scenes were in the can we moved on to the MK17 venue in Milton Keynes for the video's opening sequence - and to finish the day with a couple of cold ones.

For my fellow gear nerds I used my Nikon D750 with a range of lenses for this shoot, namely the holy trinity of 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200mm, as well as 50 and 85mm prime lenses thrown in for good measure.

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or check out the finished video here:

Special FX make up artist Louise

Special FX make up artist Louise

Candice Dacosta

Candice Dacosta

Louise testing fake blood

Louise testing fake blood

Latex modelling. Preparing Tony's face early on in the shoot

Latex modelling. Preparing Tony's face early on in the shoot

Candice Dacosta on set

Candice Dacosta on set

Tony and his son Jenson on set

Tony and his son Jenson on set

Josh getting up close with a gimbal shot

Josh getting up close with a gimbal shot

It only got worse from here  

It only got worse from here
 

It could have been a whole lot worse...

It could have been a whole lot worse...