Jeffrey Mundell headshots by Chris Mann
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Chris Mann shot me

Kapow!  Here they are: new headshots courtesy of Chris Mann Photography.

I chose Chris primarily because his shots do something special that make me look twice – a subtle heightening of the subject’s features (possibly the result of using a 50mm lens unlike the longer lenses favoured by many portrait photographers).

Maybe I’m just imagining it, but I think the effect is great and adds to the sparky, ‘alive’ moments he consistently captures for his clients.  Not to mention that he just takes damn-fine shots anyway.  Check out his website and see for yourself.

The session ran at around 1h30min and Chris was great at putting me at ease.  I could also review the shots as we went along, which I found very helpful.  In the end I had a selection of around 230 to go through, which were ready to download by the time I got home.

I made a short-list to send around for feedback, which I highly recommend (thank you everyone!) and 2.5 weeks later I have a set of superb headshots ready to go to work.

I’ll let you know how it goes :)

Reading & Writing

Just finished Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus (having read the precursor, Sapiens, a few months back).  My mind has been expanded…or exploded…or crushed…still trying to work it out…but like waoh man…

Rich conceptual fertilizer for my current writing project – a science fiction short film.

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Argyle Crown presents…

I’m now officially also a writer and director.  AND this is the first project from my newly minted production wing, Argyle Crown.  Enjoy.

Birdwatcher is a short film I’ve had in the works for a while.  The title is slang used by British Intelligence for a spy.  The plot: dinner for two, deception for one.

The story was inspired by a painting by Alexander Pope, The Fox – Fair Game, which features in the film and poster. Other inspirations include the low-light photography in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (below left) and 17th century Vanitas paintings (below right: Vanitas – Composition with flowers and skull by Adriaen van Utrecht).

Give it a Shot

I was invited to write a role for Dominic West in a new film being produced by Dana Brunetti…this is true…sorta.

OK, OK, here’s the realz:

There’s a competition called Jameson First Shot.  It’s been running for a few years and targets emerging filmmakers, particularly writer/directors.  Entrants must write and submit a script about the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and let life in.  Each year a well known actor is involved and scripts must feature them in a key role – this year it’s Dominic West.  Three winners get to direct their films with the help of Dana Brunetti, his team and Mr West – wouldn’t that be sweet?

Judging by the track record of previous winners I don’t expect to be selected.  However, I do think I have a supah script and even if nothing happens, it’s been time well spent:

I had a writing brief and a deadline to work towards.  Now I have a script ready to develop and a point of conversation if I ever find myself in an elevator with Dana or Dominic.