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March 5, 2014 0

AU REVOIR SIMONE

By michael lavine in

Recently I had the excellent opportunity to work with a lovely trio of women who go by the name of Au Revoir Simone. With all three girls on keyboards, their musical sound is a fresh, dreamy pop served up with a cool scoop of Brooklyn edge. I was shooting for NERO, an independent Japanese music [...]

February 19, 2014 0

LOSERS TAKE ALL POSTER, Finally!

By michael lavine in

I shot this poster 3 years ago and it is just now coming out. Thats what they call Lost in Development Hell! Anyway, here is my original blog post from October 2010. It was titled TURN THE ROOM AROUND I’ve learned quite a bit since those early days. In August I spent 2 weeks in [...]

February 6, 2014 0

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust

By michael lavine in

Photography can be a lonely game. You meet your subject, spend an hour or a day together developing an intimate bond, then you never see them again. Fortunately thats not always the case. I first met Lee on the Daydream Nation photo shoot for Sonic Youth in August of 1988, and we’ve worked together countless [...]

January 28, 2014 3

Shailene Woodley

By michael lavine in

When Shailene sauntered up the hill in her baggy jeans and ripped white tee shirt I could tell that I was dealing with a different kind of Hollywood star. She was carrying jars of homemade teas in a half torn box and she could not have been any friendlier. Not a lot of drama to [...]

November 19, 2013 0

Heather Graham

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The first time I fell in love with Heather Graham was when I saw her in DRUGSTORE COWBOY in 1989. Then of course there was that time I saw her in BOOGIE NIGHTS. And then again in AUSTIN POWERS, and THE HANGOVER, and a bunch of other times too. (I recently just discovered that she [...]

April 30, 2013 1

Almost Christmas

By michael lavine in

My friend Mott Hupfel is a very talented Director of Photography. He has shot several wonderful films including The Savages and Betty Page. Last fall he was asked to helm the camera by another old friend of ours, Phil Morrison. Phil is mainly known for directing the beautiful film Junebug and for discovering Amy Adams. [...]

March 27, 2013 0

The Fireplace

By michael lavine in

When we decided to move to Brooklyn I knew it was going to be challenging but I am here to tell you that it’s been way more difficult than I could have ever imagined. And nothing very bad even happened. Everything is pretty much proceeding as planned, we are of course several months behind, but [...]

January 31, 2013 1

THE FOLLOWING

By michael lavine in

Shooting for the Television networks is the extreme sporting event of photography, the X games of the photo assignment. Admittedly its not quite as challenging as scaling a cliff with your fingertips or sliding down a 70ft monster wave, but shooting a TV gallery is as difficult as it gets in the photo business and [...]

January 15, 2013 2

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

By michael lavine in

What a beautiful woman Mary Elizabeth Winstead is, such a great actor, and such a nice person. I saw the movie Smashed last year and I was so impressed by her realistic rendition of an alcoholic hitting bottom and pulling herself back from the brink, that when I was offered the opportunity to work with [...]

January 7, 2013 0

“Teacher of the Year” Stills and Videos

By michael lavine in

I love imagining what the future will be like, but at this point I’m pretty disappointed that genetically engineered replicants will probably not be running around LA like in Blade Runner, the dystopian Syfi set in 2019. Here we are in 2013, still fretting over the concept of shooting video with a high enough resolution [...]

December 4, 2012 0

The Highest Bidder

By michael lavine in

One month after Kurt Cobain killed himself, Courtney Love and the rest of her band Hole came to my studio for a photo shoot. She said she wanted to capture her grief on film. It was done as spec session with the idea that Spin could use an image of Courtney for their cover. The [...]

November 29, 2012 0

USDA PRIME+ ROCK AND ROLL

By michael lavine in

It’s hard to imagine now but the business of music used to be booming, and for a while many of us did very well. Back in those days I was considered a “Rock and Roll Photographer” shooting 4 or 5 album covers a month. The roaring 90’s was a glorious time to be working in [...]

October 31, 2012 1

Weekend Update

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The Log Line for my short Weekend Away reads like this: “A distressed young woman leaves the city for the weekend with the hopes of clearing her head, but meets a mysterious hitchhiker who only confuses things more. The farther she goes to escape the more she finds herself trapped.” On the surface the film [...]

October 22, 2012 0

The other Zoe

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Frail and fragile yet with an inner strength that you could feel warming the room, Zoe Kazan sat in my studio chatting with me about a few of our mutual friends. I knew a lot of the crew from the film “Meeks Cutoff” and it was nice to connect with Zoe on a personal level. [...]

September 6, 2012 0

RASPUTINA VIDEO

By michael lavine in

Many years ago when I was a young photography student at Parsons, one of my classmates was Melora Creagor. While everyone in our class was hovering around the safety of home base, Melora was all by herself way out in left field. Melora is one of those rare beings who is a true original. Anyway, [...]