Bloomingdales on Block Island

Posted on October 12, 2017 in News

I had visited there a long time ago, but I’d always wanted to actually scout Block Island, Rhode Island, and I finally got my chance! These shots are from a Bloomingdales Catalogue 2017. What a beautiful place! The photographer is Elizaveta Porodina, and the producer is Tess Hogan.
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Mackage in NYC

Posted on October 12, 2017 in News

Here are some shots and a BTS video from the Mackage Fall/Winter 2017 campaign I scouted for in Manhattan. Mackage is a Canadian brand of luxury outerwear. The photographer is Hans Neumann.

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Location 2017 International

Posted on June 16, 2017 in News

I just saw a copy of Location 2017 International Magazine, which is published annually in London. They included a photo I took of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the Hudson Valley in their Location in Pictures section.

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Gap Summer 2017

Posted on May 24, 2017 in News

I recently had a chance to walk around Brooklyn, Chinatown and Harlem with Italian photographer Valerio Spada, as we scouted locations and did some street casting for the Gap Summer 2017 campaign. Valerio shot all across the country. Here are some shots from the NYC portion. It was produced by one of my all time faves- Leonie Wilson at North 6.

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Wheels & Heels with Ellen von Unwerth

Posted on May 9, 2017 in News

I’ve scouted for German photographer Ellen von Unwerth many times over the years. Most recently I’ve scouted her jobs for Japanese designer label Hysteric Glamour. For the 2017 campaign she needed a classic American roller rink, and I found one in Long Island that had not changed a bit since 1980.

Hysteric Glamour – Wheels & Heels from Ellen von Unwerth on Vimeo.

America

Posted on May 4, 2017 in News

I recently worked on a poetic spot for VW, by MJZ director Benito Montorio. I scouted NYC, along with John Maher and Daniel Strol. I also scouted various urban and rural locations in Western Pennsylvania, as well as NY’s Hudson Valley and Capital District.

VW – America :90 from Cartel on Vimeo.

Zara in the Hudson Valley

Posted on March 28, 2017 in News

I loved scouting this job for Mario Sorrenti and the Fall/Winter 2016 Zara campaign. The Hudson Valley is one of my favorite areas for scouting, and this shoot made use of some of its the most beautiful spots. There’s an almost Pre-Raphaelite quality to some of these shots. I hope someone sends me out to scout the Hudson Valley again soon!

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Haley Bennett in Greenport

Posted on September 2, 2016 in News

Interview Magazine and the photographer Mikael Jansson were going for a Lolita theme in this July 2016 editorial. I scouted 60′s motels in eastern Long Island, and they wound up at the lovely time warp Silver Sands Motel in Greenport.

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Location 2016 International

Posted on September 1, 2016 in News

Two of my photos were included in the Location in Pictures feature in Location International Magazine 2016, “Showcasing the Global Film & TV Production Industry.” The magazine is published by Boutique Editions in London. One photo is of a railroad bridge on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania that I shot while scouting for a shoot for Woolrich. The other shot is of the General Assembly of the United Nations, that I shot while on a UN tour for location managers.
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Bottega Veneta in Perth Amboy

Posted on May 21, 2016 in News

You may wonder why I would start a blog post about a Bottega Veneta fashion shoot with a disturbing photo of an African man with a chained hyena.

I was asked to scout for gritty, industrial beaches for a Bottega Veneta campaign, which was to be shot by South African Pieter Hugo. His most famous documentary work is The Hyena and Other Men, which focuses on Nigerian hyena handlers: debt collectors, thieves and drug dealers who use hyenas as a form of persuasion. Instead of location reference photos I was sent some of these powerful hyena photos. I was asked to be aware of the distinctive coloration he used in his portraiture.

After much scouting of funky NY/NJ waterfront, we wound up in Perth Amboy, a tough little industrial town on the grimy Arthur Kill, on the backside of Staten Island. Here are some photos from the campaign, as well as a video.
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NSX GT3

Posted on May 20, 2016 in News

In March Acura unveiled a new race car at the 2016 NY International Auto Show: the NSX GT3. In conjunction with this launch, they wanted to shoot the top secret car in a location that looked like a high tech pit garage. Since we don’t have car racing tracks in the NY area, I scouted airports in 3 States, trying to find just the right hangar. The photographer was Ben Redgrove, and the producer was Pat Dougherty of Lockbox Productions.

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Location 2015 International

Posted on May 20, 2016 in News

Location 2015 International Magazine included one of my scouting photos of Katz’z Delicatessen in their annual Location in Pictures section. Used as a location in many productions over the years, it’s probably best known for the faked orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.

Another one of my photos was included in a feature entitled Welcome to New York, about the ever growing popularity of New York State as a production center.

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Charles Lane

Posted on May 18, 2016 in News

In the summer of 2013 I did a West Village scout for Craig McDean, who was shooting a layout for Vogue. Craig decided to shoot on one of my favorite secret NY blocks, Charles Lane. The first shot of Charles Lane is by Berenice Abbott in 1937, when it was a garbage strewn alley.

In 2013 the trash is gone, but the cobblestones look pretty much unchanged. The Vogue shoot was produced by Kate Collings-Post and North 6.

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R.I.P. Phife Dawg

Posted on May 15, 2016 in News

The recent passing of rapper Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest reminded me of this 1993 video I scouted and managed for the song Award Tour. The song also features Trugoy of De La Soul. We shot this with a tiny crew and budget at Riis Park, Flushing Meadow Park, and the now defunct Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. The director was Josh Taft.

Mini Cooper in Soho

Posted on May 15, 2016 in News

Lately I’ve been working on a project for Cadillac, a car maker that has aligned its brand with Soho and Tribeca (and has actually moved its corporate offices from Detroit to Soho.) While scouting Soho’s distinctive downtown cast-iron architecture and cobblestone streets last week, (Tribeca’s on the Hiatus List, as usual,) I thought of a campaign I worked on last fall for Mini Cooper. The aesthetic seems very similar to what I’m doing for Cadillac, which I’ll post here when it becomes available. The photographer for the Mini job is Emir Haveric, and here are a few shots I found at his website. I worked with two producers on the shoot, Will Taylor and Jake Mills.

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Shore Leave in Nova Scotia

Posted on February 26, 2016 in News

This fashion editorial for Vogue Magazine was definitely one of my favorite jobs in 2015. I loved exploring the beautiful, rugged coast of Nova Scotia for photographer Mikael Jansson and Fashion Editor Camilla Nickerson. The story appeared in the November 2015 issue.

(A gallery of my Nova Scotia scouting photos appears at the Location Manager Guild International website.)

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Hudson Valley Selfie

Posted on February 25, 2016 in News

In early Spring I got the call to replace a location that had fallen through at the eleventh hour. The job was an Interview Magazine fashion editorial for the June/July 2015 issue. The brief was: “abandoned buildings, funky overgrown brush, decay.” The location I found for the job was an abandoned brick yard- hundreds of acres of delightfully overgrown decay on the banks of the Hudson River. The photographer is Mikael Jansson, and the stylist Karl Templer.
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Hudson, NY

Posted on December 27, 2015 in News

One day I got an email from a UK production company, looking for some Fall locations in Upstate New York. The job was for Evans, an English plus size clothing company. The brief was simple: “Clean expanses of nature, lakes, trees, paths and roads that allow for distances to be seen ahead so we are able to capture wide shots as well as close ups.” The Catskills were mentioned, but for clean expanses, my favorite area is Columbia County. They wound up shooting just north of Hudson, with a view of the Hudson and the Catskills beyond. The photographer is Greg Sorenson, and the producer is Tali Magal.

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Guts and Glory on the Delaware

Posted on February 27, 2015 in News

When I was growing up in NYC, and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the paintings I would linger at was Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” So I knew what my clients were referring to when they told me they wanted to recreate this famous, heroic scene on the Delaware River- only this time with a Dodge Ram truck and a bevy of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. Whatever you may think about the tastefulness of such a concept, you have to admit- you can’t get a much more American combo than pickup trucks and bikinis! In any case, I had a chance to spend some cold late Fall days scouting the beautiful Delaware, from Trenton all the way up to Narrowsburg, NY & PA. Truly a delight.

Verizon in L.A.

Posted on February 26, 2015 in News

My favorite job of 2014 was Verizon in L.A. – and not just because it brought me out of a wintry NY into the warmth of Southern California. I got to scout for a laundry list of lifestyle locations, including Chinatown at night, train stations, tree houses, sports bars, fire pits, boxing gyms, beaches, Venice Canals, mountain overlooks, driving ranges, 4 kinds of houses, offices, miniature golf, and hardest of all- house construction sites that would both allow filming and also be in the framing stage 4 weeks into the future. The first thing I learned was that 98% of L.A. home construction companies don’t allow filming of any kind, because of liability issues and more importantly, because they don’t want anything to interfere with their tight construction schedules. There are houses going up at a feverish rate on the outskirts of L.A., and if a company doesn’t complete a house by the agreed delivery date, they have to pay a penalty. I eventually found a company that would play ball with a photo production, but then I had to deal with the problem of timing. My clients wanted to shoot a house that was framed up to the second floor. But any house I shot in the framing stage would actually be completed by the time we were ready to shoot. Once a house is framed, the construction crew immediately starts covering it with a house wrap. So what I actually scouted were bare patches of earth where there were scheduled to be framed houses by our future shoot date. (I felt sorry for my always upbeat producer, Pat Dougherty of Lockbox Productions, who had no choice but to cross his fingers, and present to the clients my photos of barren earth with string marking the outline of houses to be built some time in the future.) You can see from the photos below that in the end, it all worked out just fine.
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Shia in Ossining

Posted on February 26, 2015 in News

Long ago when I drove a yellow cab in Manhattan, I once picked up Andy Warhol at Max’s Kansas City, and drove him home. We had a friendly chat, and after he paid me he dropped an issue of Interview on my front seat. I hadn’t read Interview since, but I enjoyed this cover article about the wild and talented Shia LaBeouf. I scouted the location in Ossining for North Six. The photographer was Craig McDean.
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Down the Shore

Posted on February 26, 2015 in News

Boss Orange by Hugo Boss contacted me with an Urban Beach concept, ‘reflecting the youth culture of skaters, surfers, musicians + artists.’ At first they considered Miami Beach and Venice Beach, but rejected them as too recognizable. They then shifted the focus to Rockaway, Coney Island and Brighton Beach. I told them there was still too much Sandy damage and reconstruction in those areas, so we switched our attention to the Jersey Shore. I scouted the Shore from Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City in the south, to Asbury Park in the north. They eventually decided to shoot in Asbury Park, which has really staged an impressive comeback. The photographer was Alasdair McLellan.
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T Magazine in the Shawangunks

Posted on November 19, 2014 in News

Back in the summer T Magazine asked me to find a location that was “fairly untouched, romantic and epic in feeling,” and not too far from NYC. For me that had to be somewhere in the Hudson Valley, and after some looking around we wound up in the beautiful Shawangunks, at Sam’s Point. I like the way the photographer, Matthew Kristall, used the various elements of the place. Most people just shoot the dramatic cliffs and rock formations, but he used the forest and lake as well. The story was part of T Magazine’s 10th anniversary issue.
 

 

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Location International Magazine 2014

Posted on July 8, 2014 in News

I was in LA in March, scouting for a Verizon print job, and along the way I shot some iconic Southern California locations, such as the Pink Motel and 4 Aces. I submitted some of my photos to Location International Magazine 2014, and two were selected.
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Epic night in NYC

Posted on February 1, 2014 in News

The main location challenge on this Bud Light Superbowl spot was to find the perfect building where an unsuspecting hero non-actor (filmed by 58 hidden cameras) could move in real time between various scenarios, like riding in an elevator with Don Cheadle and a llama named Lilly, and playing ping pong with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was directed by Jeff Tremaine.

W in DC

Posted on November 3, 2013 in News

My favorite scout of Washington D.C. was for a W Magazine fashion editorial by Juergen Teller. I started out scouting the ‘wrong side of the tracks,’ such as the D.C. garbage dump and nighttime parks where people might have illicit sex. As often happens, the brief eventually became more conventional, focusing on monuments and government buildings. But along the way there was excitement, such as when I was surrounded by 4 black suited guards packing 9mm pistols, who without identifying themselves demanded my camera and deleted all the photos I had taken of an interesting Brutalist concrete building that was apparently the Department of Energy. The guards got their comeuppance later that day, but that’s a much longer story. The piece was styled by Camilla Nickerson.
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Mert & Marcus: Come As You Are

Posted on October 25, 2013 in News

Mert & Marcus asked me to scout for bohemian properties in the New York area for this sensual fall fashion editorial in W Magazine. I scouted a wide swath, from eastern Long island to Woodstock, looking for mysterious places. I like the way it turned out.
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Walk the Line for Dior

Posted on October 24, 2013 in News

I had never thought much about crosswalks, until I was asked to scout them recently for this graphic Dior Magazine editorial. I was surprised to find how different they could be from one another, from one block to the other. The photographers were Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer, and the production was handled by the aptly named Nice Productions.
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Tommy goes to Princeton

Posted on October 24, 2013 in News

I always love scouting Princeton, the quintessential Ivy League campus. I scouted Princeton again recently for the Tommy Hilfiger back to school campaign, shot by Craig McDean. The production company was North 6.
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Optimum Business

Posted on October 24, 2013 in News

This past summer I scouted a variety of local businesses in Garden City, Lincoln Park, NJ, and the Bronx for an Optimum Business commercial. The director was Jim Gartner. In this short spot, we see a gym, small town bank, auto parts warehouse, lawyer, plastic surgeon, sushi bar, hair salon, veterinarian and an Arthur Avenue Italian restaurant. It’s always a pleasure to scout for a director like Jim, who appreciates the work of his scouts.

Victoria Secret Holiday Commercial

Posted on October 23, 2013 in News

I researched and scouted for a series of holiday spots for Victoria Secret, directed by Michael Bay. They were shot in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Location Manager was Jean Chien. Here’s one of them.

Fashion in the Ruins

Posted on September 2, 2013 in News

This past May I was asked to find a ruin for a New York Times T Magazine fashion cover story featuring Rooney Mara. I scouted ruins throughout the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, including Bannerman’s Castle. I also managed the shoot, which took place at the Northgate/Cornish Estate ruin in Hudson Highlands State Park in Cold Spring. The photographer was David Sims, and the stylist was Joe McKenna. The Women’s Fashion Fall 2013 issue just came out, and I was happily surprised to see I received a credit, unusual in a fashion editorial.
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The Newsroom Title Sequence

Posted on August 8, 2013 in News

The HBO series The Newsroom is one of my favorite shows, and I enjoyed working with the folks from Huge Designs in London and Streetlight Films in LA when they shot on the streets of New York for the Season 2 title sequence. The first 6 shots of the sequence (13 seconds) were done in NYC, as we bounced around the city, looking for the right angles and good light. BTW, the hands in the coffee cup shot belong to the Line Producer, and my good friend, Michele Stanger.

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Navajos, Lake Powell, Dutch Garden Products?

Posted on August 8, 2013 in News

One of the stranger commercials I’ve worked on, this was directed by the Dutch director Paul Vos at Lake Powell, using a cast of local Navajos. It’s a romanticized European view of traditional Native American life, without voiceover or product shots, just the wise (but untranslated) words of the Elder. The client is Intratuin, a Dutch chain of garden product stores.

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Anguilla

Posted on August 7, 2013 in News

Here’s a German commercial I did for Raffaello, a coconut candy made by Ferrero. I scouted luxury resorts all over the Caribbean, and then managed the shoot once the clients decided to shoot at Cap Juluca, a Moroccan style five star resort in Anguilla. In addition to scouting for the perfect location, I also scouted throughout the Caribbean for an operable Grumman Mallard, a classic amphibious aircraft, built only from 1946 to 1951. Only 59 were built, and only a few still fly. I found our hero plane in Puerto Rico. I think it’s the star of the commercial. The producer was my old friend Richard Coll of Directors Film Company.

Location 2013

Posted on June 14, 2013 in News

Location 2013, a magazine “Showcasing the global film production industry” was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May, at a beach party hosted by the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI.) Two of my photos were included in the magazine- one from a scout of NYC rooftops, and one from a Wyoming fam tour. You can see the whole issue at www.globalproductionupdate.com.
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Mensch vs Machine

Posted on April 7, 2013 in News

I found this German Honda commercial I did a while back on Vimeo. It was my first experience location managing a commercial in California. It’s a bit surreal, from the giraffes we brought into the wind farm at Tehachapi, to the mysterious women covered in black on the Cuddeback dry lake bed. Definitely not an American car commercial. There’s one shot we did in Griffith Park where I volunteered to fill in for a precision driver who didn’t show up. (I figured, why not, I was a NY cab driver- I can handle a curvy road in Griffith Park.) The director was Paul Vos, and the producer was Richard Coll.

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Iconic Maple

Posted on February 23, 2013 in News

This fall I worked with a team of scouts, led by Michael Sibley, to find the biggest, oldest, most iconic sugar maple possible for a Crown Royal Whisky commercial. I focused primarily on the Hudson Valley, and the challenge was to find a huge maple whose leaves were turning, but not dropping too fast. The director is Steve Cope, and the production company is Rattling Stick.

Big Rocks for the WSJ

Posted on November 30, 2012 in News

The WSJ Magazine asked me to find some impressive boulders for a shoot for the Fall Style Issue. I found these in the lower Hudson Valley, about 90 minutes from NYC. In what is an editorial first (in my experience,) I was credited at the end of the story, right beneath the model. The story is called The Coat Makes the Man, and the photographer is Andreas Larsson. Thank you, WSJ.

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Tory Burch in a classic NYC hotel

Posted on September 12, 2012 in News

North 6 asked me to find a classic NYC hotel for this Tory Burch film, introducing the Fall 2012 collection. Most NY hotels are happy to have you shoot in a suite or a ballroom, but we needed the hotel entrance, lobby, staircases, hallways, elevators- just about everything. Many hotels shot me down, or were nervously noncommittal, but the Plaza Athenee was very cooperative, and turned out to be the perfect location.

Deep Woods in Staten Island

Posted on August 15, 2012 in News

I scouted for a deep woods, Upstate look for a Roberto Cavalli campaign- in Staten Island! In New York City’s only Boy Scout camp, I found pristine woods, lakes, streams, just a few miles from Manhattan. The photographers are Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and the producer is Roger Dong of GE Projects.

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Room 1202

Posted on April 20, 2012 in News

I scouted various old and/or sleazy hotels in Los Angeles for a W Magazine layout by Mert & Marcus. One of my favorite locations was this one: Rudolph Valentino’s suite, Room 1202, at the Alexandria Hotel.

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Buffalo Meets Louisiana

Posted on March 4, 2012 in News

I scouted Buffalo, New York for a Tabasco spot, directed by John Dolan of Partizan. I always love working in Buffalo: it’s a treasure trove of underused and authentic locations, with a great film commission, headed by Tim Clark. (Note: it doesn’t always snow in Buffalo- the snow was added in post ;)

My photos in 2012 LMGA Calendar

Posted on February 1, 2012 in News

The Location Managers Guild of America is an organization of Location Scouts and Managers, based in Los Angeles, but with members around the world. I was fortunate enough to have some of my photos included in the 2012 Calendar, on the cover and in the New York, Louisiana and New Mexico sections. Here are some pages from the calendar:

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Sam Bayer & CSX

Posted on February 1, 2012 in News

The goal was to find a high angle shot where we could see active CSX train tracks with a highway on one side and a river on the other. I scouted the CSX rail line from Syracuse down to the edge of NYC. I found the hero location on the Mohawk River, up above NYS Route 5, between Amsterdam and Schenectady. Sam Bayer directed, and the production company was HSI.

Senegal for IBM

Posted on January 17, 2012 in News

One of my favorite international scouting/casting jobs was for IBM in Senegal. I leapfrogged around the world for the director Lenny Dorfman and a crew from Radical Media. I flew into Dakar, Senegal in the middle of the night, after flights from JFK and Paris, and started scouting locations and casting friends, family and coaches of the captain of the Senegalese womans’ Olympic basketball team. A few days later, the crew flew in from NYC, and we quickly shot the spot in the streets and basketball courts of Dakar, in 100 degree heat and humidity. We had a blast! When we finished, I flew off to do the same thing in Montreal and Australia, while other people handled Ireland and Harlem.

Jimmy Choo Cruise in NYC

Posted on December 6, 2011 in News

I scouted the ‘shorelines’ of NYC this summer for the Jimmy Choo Cruise 12 Collection. It was shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer, and produced by Nice Productions.
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Ice Loves Coco

Posted on December 3, 2011 in News

Ice and Coco came to NYC to shoot some E! promo shots for the new season of their reality show. The location here is the Museum of the City of NY. Timothy White is the photographer, and the producer is Stephanie Cohen.

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Location, Location, Location

Posted on November 15, 2011 in News

Paris in New York

Posted on September 28, 2011 in News

For the Fall 2011 Nina Ricci campaign, I was asked to find a location that could double for Paris, in the NYC area. With the Tuileries Gardens in mind, I scouted a number of grand estates, looking for the wide white gravel paths that are so typically Parisian. The photographers were Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and it was styled by Alex White. The shoot was produced by Nice Productions. We found Paris in Long Island.

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Gap 1969

Posted on August 15, 2011 in News

I did a job this summer for Gap’s new campaign for its brand 1969. I scouted throughout the New York area, including the Catskills, for locations that would represent various places, like Portland, Oregon. The photographer was Cass Bird, and the producer Joy Asbury, of joyasburyproductions.com.

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Locations Magazine 2011

Posted on August 1, 2011 in News

I had two photos published in the 2011 edition of Locations Magazine, the magazine of the Association of Film Commissioners International. One photo was of an abandoned grocery store in Great Barrington, MA, which was included in a feature called Main Street USA. The other was the front photo of the Locations in Pictures section, which includes photos by location scouts around the world. The photo is of a graphic NYC location, 12th Avenue under Riverside Drive. (The cover shot is by L.A. location scout extraordinaire, and my good friend, Geoff Juckes.)

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NYC Terrace for Corona Light

Posted on April 11, 2011 in News

I scouted roofs and terraces all over Manhattan for this Corona Light ad. It never ceases to amaze me how little of the location is actually seen in some of these shots. This probably could have been shot in a studio, instead of on an expensive West Village terrace. (But that wouldn’t have been any fun for me at all.)

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Jagger at the Apthorp

Posted on February 20, 2011 in News

Georgia May Jagger appeared in a story I worked on for the September 2010 issue of W. I scouted a classic Manhattan apartment in the legendary Apthorp building, whose residents have included Nora Ephron, Cyndi Lauper and Al Pacino. The photographer was Craig McDean, and it was styled by Alex White.

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Fidelity on The High Line

Posted on February 14, 2011 in News

I had the pleasure of scouting a series of Fidelity spots for director Todd Field and producer Cory Berg of Trio Films. In this spot, we used New York City’s High Line as a location for the first time. Working with the gracious cooperation of the The High Line and the Standard Hotel, the production was completed successfully, without inconveniencing the public.

Bear Grylls in West Virginia

Posted on November 18, 2010 in News

I recently scouted and managed some Degree deodorant commercials and Internet episodes in West Virginia. The ongoing series is called the Chain of Adventure, featuring Bear Grylls, star of the Discovery Channel’s Man Vs. Wild. Also appearing in the spots were several sports celebrities, including Mark Messier (hockey,) Mark Sanchez (football,) Kevin Durant (basketball,) and Tony Hawk (skateboarding.) I began scouting in the Hudson Valley and the Adirondacks, but I soon realized we had to shoot in West Virginia. In addition to impressive cliffs and a drop zone for a parachute/skateboard stunt, we needed massive, dam release whitewater in the fall, and I found all of these in the beautiful New River Gorge area.

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French Vogue in the Hudson Valley

Posted on November 14, 2010 in News

French Vogue took a trip to the Hudson Valley to shoot “Un dimanche a la campagne” at this vast, lovely estate, which I’ve scouted for various projects. The photographer was Mikael Jansson, and the spread appeared in the November 2010 issue.

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Last Exit to Brooklyn

Posted on September 18, 2010 in News

I scouted Red Hook, Brooklyn for Mert & Marcus, who channeled the spirit of Edward Hopper in this W spread in the September 2010 issue. Red Hook is rapidly gentrifying, but it still has a wonderful grittiness.

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NYC Skyline for Budweiser

Posted on May 9, 2010 in News

This was a fun rooftop scout, trying to find just the right perspective for a Budweiser shot. The photographer is Christian Weber, and the producer is Louise Feldman of Proof Films.

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Variety interview on shooting in the Middle East

Posted on September 1, 2009 in News

War stories From the Mideast scouts by Karen Idelson

Scouting for corporate films and commercials has taken John Hutchinson through Tunisia, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The veteran scout points out that while some Middle Eastern countries are conservative…read more>>

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VW Golf

Posted on August 18, 2009 in News

In 2010 Volkswagen reintroduced the Golf into the U.S. market, and I scouted the NYC metropolitan area for the car’s brochure. It was shot by Oliver Paffrath, and produced by Jake Mills.

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W on Cumberland Island

Posted on August 10, 2009 in News

I was working in downtown Elizabeth, NJ when I gladly got the call to scout Cumberland Island for W. Cumberland is a barrier island off the coast of Georgia, once a private retreat of the Carnegie family, now largely administered by the National Park Service. The photographer was Mario Sorrenti, and it appeared in the August 2009 issue.

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Fam Tour of Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on December 30, 2007 in News

I had the wonderful opportunity and privilege to tour locations in Trinidad and Tobago as a guest of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. I had scouted Tobago years ago for Bacardi, and its beaches still rank high among the Caribbean’s finest, but Trinidad was a revelation. The variety of architecture and landscapes really makes Trinidad and Tobago a location option that transcends Caribbean cliches.

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Fox Hunt

Posted on July 5, 2007 in News

This Ebay commercial by Traktor had me scout some of the most beautiful farm country, in Upstate New York’s Columbia County.

Sand Dunes & High Tech Labs

Posted on June 15, 2007 in News

I had a wonderful time working with photographer Christian Weber and Louise Feldman of Proof Films on these ads for Lenovo notebook computers. I scouted Death Valley and Dumont Dunes, as well as airports and labs all around Los Angeles.

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Tommy in Monument Valley

Posted on October 30, 2006 in News

My scout for Tommy Hilfiger began at Lake Powell, but the low water levels and scraggly weeds found everywhere on newly exposed rock led me to look for alternative options in Monument Valley. The photographer was Dewey Nicks.

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Frozen Lake in April

Posted on August 11, 2006 in News

That’s me on frozen Fish Lake, the Yukon.

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Riding a snowmobile in 20 below temperatures, I scouted frozen lakes in the Yukon for this Dewey Nicks shoot for Tommy Hilfiger. I researched various options in Alaska, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon because we had to shoot on a lake that would still be solidly frozen in April (!)

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Dodge with Brian Beletic & Smuggler

Posted on June 30, 2006 in News

I worked with a team of great scouts on this Dodge spot with Brian Beletic of Smuggler.

Waterfall in Costa Rica

Posted on May 14, 2006 in News

Costa Rica is a tropical wonderland, where I’ve been fortunate enough to scout for two different jobs. This ad for Rolex was shot by Nadav Kander, and produced by Lynda Goldstein of Pix Producers.

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If I had a million dollars

Posted on December 15, 2005 in News

This is one of my all-time favorite jobs, which took me from New Paltz to Buffalo, scouting and casting “real people” for a NY Lotto commercial. The director was Greg Kohs of Radical Media.

“IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS” from Greg Kohs on Vimeo.

Locations Magazine

Posted on May 6, 2005 in News

The AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) publishes Locations Magazine once a year. This year they featured a photo I took in a Singapore Hindu temple while scouting for IBM. The photo appeared in a section called Locations : IN PICTURES.

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