Feet. They ain’t pretty whether they are attached to that high-fashion stick model, that plasticized celeb actress or that superhero athlete on performance-enhancing drugs. It sure does take a lot to make them look good even with all those pedicurists around today. But then along comes our Claudio Napolitano who can make anything look marvelous with his painterly photography.
The West Coast is alive and well, as seen here. “Hidden Gems” is a series of short films for Visit California (over 16 million impressions in the first month!) produced by phenom Director Tom Kranzle and the stellar team at Venture Visuals.
It’s déjà vu for photographer Kevin Steele with his recent tourism campaign for South Dakota, and we are all lucky enough to cash in on the experience. This time around Kevin collaborated with ad agency Lawrence & Schiller and South Dakota Tourism for their 2017 campaign “My Great Place".
With the unveiling of SpeedX Leopard, the single most-funded bike campaign on Kickstarter, a new face in cycling was born. Watch the follow-up Venture Visuals produced for SpeedX Unicorn, where they looped in a pair of pro-am maniacs, drenched the duo in black, turned up the music and documented a race-level performance of Strava-esque delight.
Imagine a travel time of 35 minutes from Los Angles to San Francisco in a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube, at more than 760 mph. Well, the Blue Sky CGI team did just that as part of a new ground-breaking development in mass transportation. The award-winning BlueSky CGI team of Lee Waters, Rick Chou and artists brought art, design and technology together in their latest project, Hyperloop-UCI HyperXite Animation.
Sporting a first-ever 10-speed transmission and a fearsome aluminum shell, the 2017 Ford F-150 is a wake-up call to every full-size truck out there. Ford turned to Venture Visuals to put this capable beast through its paces both on and off-road in Moab, Utah. With a dazzling new truck and a small arsenal of camera equipment, they were turning heads and tackling serious terrain, even with a trailer in tow.
Iceland, an arctic island of stunning natural beauty, Nordic lore and the Aurora Borealis seen to its best advantage, is a photographer’s paradise. Mythic, majestic and an easy time frame access has made Iceland a very popular tourist destination. International photographer and director Vegar Abelsnes, a son of Norway himself, knew he had to make the journey.
Today, women’s cycling is the biggest growth sport, and the team at commercial production company Venture Visuals, with Director Tom Kranzle at the helm, has been at the forefront for spreading the message of empowerment to women looking to find a voice through physical activity and self care.
Sony Pictures and Televisa got the green light for their new TV series The Blue Demon, inspired by the real-life story of Alejandro Muñoz Moreno, better known as The Blue Demon. SPT assigned key art production to advertising and celebrity photographer Claudio Napolitano, with shooting on location in Mexico City.
Colin Cooke gets his artistry and inspiration from food glorious food. Sometimes a dish that looks fairly easy to create can be deceptive with intricate preparation for a photo shoot. But Colin's love of food, the care of getting the details right and his highly skilled lighting abilities all combine to make him one of the top food photographers working today.
Jim Purdum tells stories with authentic moments, whether he is crafting a brand for a client or capturing a personal journey. His love of travel has brought fleeting moments of unique beauty, adventure and lifestyle to his audience. This past year, that sense of adventure brought him to a self-assigned stock photography project on Peru, where he followed some LA friends on vacation.
“To be trusted to create visuals for the launch of a new model car is an honor,” says Lee Waters, “especially when that car is part of the Ford family.” BlueSky CGI and Ford have been creative accomplices for a long time. In the client/creative world we can consider them “going steady.”
Imagination is never in short supply for Claudio. Whether he is collaborating with a client or focusing on a personal project, he is always creating intriguing and conceptual imagery in his signature style. His most recent personal series, entitled Foregin Influence, explores the positive impact immigration has had on the United States.
The retouchers and CGI artists at BlueSky CGI have a shared passion for cars. “We don’t like to get our hands all greasy,” explains Lee Waters, one of the founding partners, “but we like to make them sing.”
BlueSky CGI takes pride in marrying art and technology, so it is no surprise that Lee, Rick and their team of artists find themselves attracted to and thoroughly engaged in the work they do with the aerospace industry.
“When we feel passionate about our work, we can do anything.” This statement is one of the things we love most about David Westphal. He brings this level of enthusiasm to every single project, including his most recent for Levrog - Subaru.
The Lexus 500LC doesn’t officially roll on to the roads until 2017, but the creative team at BlueSky CGI already got up close and personal with the new luxury vehicle when they partnered with the brand for their launch at the Detroit Auto Show.
Come on in to Colin Cooke’s studio… the water is warm and you can stay as long as you’d like. Even a whole month! That is what the team from Bulletproof did as they collaborated with Colin on 96, yes you heard correctly, 96 images for Kraft’s new salad dressing packaging.
When we talk about car photography we talk a lot about location. It can make all the difference in composing an eye-catching shot. David Westphal knows how to pick just the right place so for his recent shoot for the Nissan NV200 he chose the iconic 6th street bridge in Downtown LA.
“Everyone deserves a BOLD portrait,” Claudio Napolitano tells us of his dynamic portfolio featuring stylized portraits of celebrities, big time CEO’s and every day people. Page after page of his book is filled with imaginative photographs that range from dark, moody and cinematic to bright, humorous and aspirational.
What happens when Digitas and Kevin Steele get together? They travel to the insanely beautiful island of St. Lucia to photograph a new campaign for American Express and Delta Airlines. As you can imagine, hanging out in the West Indies with a crew of amazingly friendly and creative people resulted in a seamless collaboration on four stunning shots full of warmth and invitation, a signature of Kevin’s work.
Mexico-based agency Arrechedera Claverol (AC) has been acquired by renowned advertising agency McGarryBowen. For the new company portraits, they chose Claudio Napolitano as their photographer and flew him from New York to Mexico, further strengthening a long-standing work relationship with now AC/McGarryBowen
“Actually, I can” is the mantra behind Liv Cycling’s new video campaign focusing on the stories of women who have overcome their self-doubt and achieved strength of mind and body. Director Tom Kranzle and his team at Venture Visuals had the pleasure of working with Liv on 31 of these stories that send a message of encouragement throughout their community.
“It can be a challenge at times to translate an idea into an image. But we did it, with happy agency creatives and happy clients,” says David, who recently collaborated with Team Detroit on a campaign for Ford Taurus.