Waiting for Anya
Much of my work comes out of the blue with hardly any notice at all and thats exactly what happened last week when I received a call from film pr, Eric Woollard-White, asking if I could travel to France, a couple of days later to cover a film set visit by the author Sir Michael Morpurgo. His novel ‘Waiting for Anya’ has been adapted for screen by young screenwriter Toby Torlesse for Goldfinch Studios. Directed by Ben Cookson with a very cool cast including Jean Reno, Anjelica Huston and rising star Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things, this has all the ingredients of a great film.
We drove down to Lescun on the French/Spanish boarder on Friday, shot both stills and video all day Saturday and then drove all the way back Sunday. Great road trip!
Noah posted a short teaser clip from the interview I shot on his Instagram page which had over 800,000 views. Well done young man!
Copyright – Goldfinch Studios
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The Revenger:An Unromantic Comedy
Throughout the whole of July I was employed as stills photographer for this low budget UK feature film.
Written and directed by Mark Murphy starring Rob Kazinsky, Samantha Barks, Tony Way, Rachael Hurd-Wood, Ed Speleers, Ivan Kaye and Anna Chancellor.
Rare for me to be employed for the entire length of the production but with a great cast and cohesive crew I enjoyed every second of it.
Here are a few of my favourite shots.
Photos by Chris Lopez
Solis Film – BTS
My last job of 2016 was shooting stills on a new Sci Fi feature film entitled Solis. The American actor and all round legend Steven Ogg of ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Westworld’ and ‘GTA’ fame embraced the lead role and the entire film was shot in a green screen studio, GSP studios, Yorkshire. Photo by Chris Lopez/ Copyright Chris Lopez
This month I had the pleasure of working with the fabulous Helena Lappin from Olivia Grace Jewellery. On a mild November day we took to the streets of Waterloo in London to create some new images for press and web use.
Helena got together with the stunning fashion blogger Mel Ekrem and collectively we created some amazing images. You can check out a short BTS video here –
Copyright Chris Lopez
Range Rover, Sienna Miller and the Dub Pistols
The past few months have been crazy busy with most of my time producing, directing and shooting video with Blanket Productions.
You can check out all the latest Blanket Productions Blog posts at www.blanketproductions.com
Recent stills shoots have included BTS stills on the new Range Rover Evoke TV Ad Campaign, new British Rhythm & Blues trio, Ballin Jacks, the amazing Dub Pistols at Dingwalls, BTS stills on the Voslauer TV Ad Campaign featuring Sienna Miller and the Hidden Charms, Corporate portraits for ERC and Sony Music. Photos by Chris Lopez. Copyright Chris Lopez 2015
Martini – Rome
W Communications commissioned me to shoot stills on a short film for Martini in Rome. Director Jake Scott and DP John Matthieson headed up an amazing crew to shoot a short film/tv commercial for Martini in classic locations throughout Rome.
Myself and a two man video crew flew out to Rome to meet our contact from the agency and journalist Matt Munday who had been sent out to help with interviews and also cover the story for the press.
The ‘Begin Desire’ campaign was conceived by advertising guru Jeff Wiess who created the original sixties Martini advertising campaigns. The story is based on a young waitress who after serving a classic Italian gentleman finds a napkin with the words ‘Begin Desire’ written in ink, left by the intriguing character. She follows signs and words through the old town guided by the spirit of Martini and boards a train off to her new future.
This shoot really was a fairytale as the lead actress, Elena, a young Romania political science student who had come to Rome to find work was actually working as a waitress and whilst scouting the locations in Rome Jake discovered Elena in a small Piazza and plucked her from the everyday and threw her into a life she could only have dreamt of. I do hope her career continues.
The incredible director of photography John Mathieson who’s work history is legendary explained how he chose classic old 70’s lenses to give the film a classic authentic look and feel and Jake worked tirelessly to get the best out of the cast, his crew, the light and the locations.
The whole shoot was great and we were well looked after. On our last night, our final shot was the famous Martini neon sign in the centre of Rome. We jumped out of the car set up the tripods and within minutes were descended on by not one but two Carabinienri police cars. Little did we know we were set up on American Embassy property and after copies of our documents had been checked we were asked to break down and move on. Any Police action is always exciting! Thank you to everyone involved, definitely one of my best shoots of the year.