Job Perks

08 Apr 2011

Every now and then, the scout is the best part of the shoot.

Rockhouse Documentary

16 Mar 2011

A lot of times I’ve done work that doesn’t fall under the scope of Desedoish-ness and don’t get around to posting it. Then am reminded awhile later why it might be nice to share. Here’s the result of a trip to Jamaica in ’09. This film has been used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Rockhouse Foundation.

The Rockhouse Hotel, meanwhile, was featured in last week’s Times article on great getaways. What I’m saying is you should get down with these folks no matter what.

Gary Graham, fall 2011

10 Feb 2011

For the past few seasons I’ve shot video for Gary Graham’s fashion week presentations under the tutelage of Alex Antitch for Ace Collective. Antitch is Graham’s regular photographer and the creative director of his most recent shows. This time around the shoot was at Graham’s recently christened Tribeca space. There was the usual frenetic energy belowdecks and the calm focus of execution above.

During the first fifteen minutes of the show photographers jostle for position in front of the attendees. “Hey man, you’re in my shot.” It’s a scrum. After they decamp, there’s room for everyone to look.

Bradford Young, the Legend Grows

30 Jan 2011

Desedo family member Bradford Young has done it again. This time the venue is the Sundance film festival where he has won the Cinematography award for the U.S. film Pariah. We suspect that it is also the first of many great distinctions to come. The film, directed by Dee Rees, played the festival a year ago as a short, and has already been picked up for distribution by Focus Features. Brad was actually at Sundance with two features this year: Pariah, and Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City.

I first met Brad in grad school and we’ve had a great many discussions over the years about a life in film — working together when possible. Inspired by a four-hour conversation we once had on color correction, we recorded one of our conversations. Here’s what happened.

Being from Louisville, Brad has an even bigger legend to live up to. Here’s hoping he can top that one as well!

logo redesign, the right way

06 Jan 2011

I always wondered if the biz people at Gap cynically pushed that BS logo on us a few months ago as a way to generate PR after having seen the media storm over the Tropicana packaging. Sorry Gap. I swing to American Apparel, both for t-shirts, and Helvetica-based logo.

But Howard Schultz seems to speak the language of design in a way that Marka Hansen, president of Gap, seems to have missed when the company attempted to crowdsource the logo project via facebook. I buy Shultz’ reasons for the switch, and the new logo remains Starbucks-y, which I guess is the point. The elephant approves.