Its been way too long since my last blog entry …. We have just come off the back of another whirlwind of work, looking forward to a little down time …… and shooting some more personal work.
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From east to west, the world is Mat Baker’s photographic set. Creatives all across the map from Leo Burnett Paris to DDB Mexico, as well as the top Asian, Australian and New Zealand agencies, are endeared to his eye for humor and approach to conceptual photography. These collaborations for prestigious brands such as VW, Heineken, Microsoft, McDonalds, Sony and Nokia, to name just a few, have resulted in international awards and accolades. 2007 through 2008 were banner years in which Baker picked up 7 Cannes Lions and 3 Clios. Mat is relentless in his pursuit to produce brilliant work, and if he wins awards along the way, well, that’s just icing on the cake.
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It was surreal and all types of crazy, receiving an e mail asking if I would be interested in flying to Vancouver to shoot Steven Seagal …… I mean Steven fucking Seagal right????!!!!!
I remember sneeking into the local movie theatre with a mate to see “Above the Law” when I was 12 years old, it blew me away …. I had never seen anyone f*#@ s#*! up like Nico! The fight scenes were awwwwesome! ….. I was hooked and made my parents take me to Karate lessons the next day.
Dont get me started on “Hard to Kill” with Kelly Le Brock in 1990 …… good times.
The first time I got introduced to him … I was shocked! he is seriously a big dude … I mean im 6 ‘ 4″ tall and around 120 kg, and he made ME feel small. I think hes around 6′ 8″ when I shook hands with him, it was like shaking the hand of King Kong. I wonder if he could tell that I was wearing his aftershave ……… “Scent of Action”
It was one of the best trips I have done so far …….. in between shooting Seagal in Vancouver, We saw the Giants play the Seahawks in Seattle, and stayed at the Chateau Marmont in LA and crashed a poncy model party in the Hollywood hills.