In early June I spent 9 days in the Ukraine, filming a very exciting live-action trailer for an upcoming computer game due to be released later this year.
There were 3 other actors involved in the project, namely Mark Ebulué, Lucy Cork and Shinji Ishigaki, and on Friday, July 5th 2019, Mark made the short trip from London to shoot with me at Parklands Studio.
Although we had deliberately kept our shoot brief flexible, Mark, who is a dedicated martial-artist, had asked if we could work on capturing some MMA-style images for his portfolio. Consequently, we began our shoot inside the studio, first of all working on some portraiture, before moving on to utilise some dramatic lighting techniques, as well as different backgrounds and effects, to illustrate his fighting persona.
From there, we then visited the workshop. The workshop is just one of many outbuildings on-site at Parklands Studio which can be utilised for photoshoots, and it serves as an excellent environment to shoot in, particularly when the sun is too bright for location work.
As the evening approached, I was at joined by members of the photography club that I run from Parklands Studio, and with the sun now more conducive to natural light photography we went on a walk-about around the location. This was a fantastic opportunity for the club members to shoot a very talented black male actor, and although acting and modelling are very different professions, Mark posed with confidence and ease.