About a month and a half ago, Matt Logan (Studio Tenn Artistic Director, clothing designer extraordinaire) tells me about a project that sounds really exciting. Nashville Arts Magazine wants to do a story about the fashion of an upcoming Studio Tenn production, My Fair Lady. Matt goes on to tell me that he would like the ANTHONYMATULA team involved to capture all the work. Oh, and since Laura Matula (my wife) is going to play Eliza, who better to model the clothing and looks for the spread. “Matt”, I said, “Two words…yes and when?”
Fast forward to April 2nd when we loaded up all of our gear and headed over to the new Studio Tenn offices. Matt created about 7-8 different looks for the shoot. Most of the looks are to be worn by Laura as Eliza in the production, and a few that will appear on other characters in the show. Anna Zeitlin designed some amazing hats to go along with the looks, and the day wouldn’t have been complete without our good friend and incredible wig designer and makeup artist Sondra Nottingham getting Laura “Photoshoot ready”.
Today we are proud to have you see the May Nashville Arts Magazine spread, showcasing the work of Matt Logan through our photographic work, modeled by actor, model and fellow co-worker, Laura Matula.
Here are some behind the scenes shots we captured during our shoot day, along with some additional photos not pictured in the magazine.
We would like to thank Matt Logan and Studio Tenn for choosing us to represent them through our design and photographic work and Nashville Arts Magazine for recognizing such an amazing talent in Matt Logan.
Wardrobe & Design : MATT LOGAN
Photography : ANTHONYMATULA
Wig Design & Makeup : SONDRA NOTTINGHAM
Milliner : ANNA ZEITLIN
Actor & Model : LAURA MATULA
Assistant to Mr. Matula : REBECCA WHITWORTH
Assistant to Ms. Nottingham : JENNIFER STOKES CORDRAY
See these amazing creations in person and get your tickets to see My Fair Lady, running May 16th – June 2nd at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN.
Click HERE to get your tickets.
Nashville Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet opens this Friday, April 26th at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall. AM designed the poster image for Romeo & Juliet for the ballet’s 2012-13 Season. Utilizing the look and feel of the poster design (pictured above) we created a film trailer for the show. The trailer features Kevin Terry and Krissy Dodge, the dancers pictured in the original poster image. Paul Vasterling, artistic director of the Ballet, worked with Kevin and Krissy to pull just the right choreography and emotion from the ballet to portray in the trailer. We shot the trailer at the beautiful Scarritt-Bennett Center here in Nashville, TN.
While on set, Tony took advantage of the amazing lighting in the cathedral and took some photos of the dancers.
For each of the Nashville Ballet’s shows we also film and take photos at select rehearsals while gathering interview footage for curtain speech videos and behind the scenes looks.
The below shots feature Sadie Bo Harris as Juliet and Jon Upleger as Romeo. Rehearsals shot at The Martin Center for Ballet in Nashville, TN.
We had the pleasure of seeing Christan Riley at the Habitat for Humanity luncheon a few months back perform a song she wrote as a tribute to all those from Habitat for Humanity of Nashville, TN that helped to build her new home she now shares with her family. Because we were so moved by her song and her story, we wanted to work with Habitat to record her in the studio singing her song and telling her story so others could hear it. Here is the product of this collaboration and we hope to work with Habitat much more in the future. They are a true example of the good that can happen when we commit to helping each other and supporting our communities. Please enjoy Christan Riley’s “For Your Love”.
We are so proud to be continuing to work with the Nashville Ballet for their upcoming 2013-2014 Season as our first year with them for the 2012-2013 Season was a huge success. We are looking forward to all the exciting opportunities with marketing and art for this coming year and can’t wait to share it all with you. Here is a little behind the scenes glimpse of the dancer portraits we shot for this past season.
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Big River is the next show of the Studio Tenn season and we have really enjoyed working on the marketing and art for this show. Big River is a musical featuring the songs of Roger Miller and the story of Mark Twains famous character of Huckleberry Finn. Studio Tenn’s production will take this great show a step even further and have the actors on stage also function as the band in a very bluegrass focused ensemble. All of these details inspired the design of the logo and look for Big River.
We wanted a rustic hand made look to the logo, so we chose a great font, edited the layout and perspective, then we printed out the logo and hand colored the design with crayon and then scanned back into the computer. After some cleaning up, we ended up with a logo and look we felt perfectly fit the style of the show.
We then implemented that logo into a simple yet clean poster design to continue the hand made, hand drawn aspect we were going for based on the inspirations of Matt Logan, the director of the show.
It’s important to implement a brand look into every avenue the brand or concept will be seen in. We do this by incorporating the look into Facebook headers, profile photos, backgrounds for social media, custom website imagery, etc.
We were also able to shoot press photos and a video trailer (shown at top of page) with the two leads (Jackson Nance and John-Mark McGaha) of the show out in Leiper’s Fork, TN, and it was the perfect compliment to the look of the marketing we already had in place for the show. We had a beautiful day and 2 great actors to work with and were even treated to some live music.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
We got to spend our Christmas in NY this year and it was, as always, a creatively inspiring trip. In the midst of the shopping, broadway, food, friends, snow, museums, and napping, photos were snapped both candid and scenic.
Happy Holidays from all of us at ANTHONYMATULA.
We had the pleasure of shooting the new JOHNNYSWIM music video this past week and it was such a pleasure to work with the stunning and uber talented duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez. There is nothing quite like when the creative energies of different art forms combine to tell a story. This track is amazing and to have the heavy responsibility of putting it to visuals was not something we took lightly. We don’t want to give away all the secrets, so we will just say a lot of blood, sweat, tears and excitement went into putting the treatment together. Also, a horse, a 366 acre farm, a bathtub, an office chair, a lake, and so much more. To say we had to come up with some inventive ways to get the shots we needed would be an understatement! We are so excited to show you the final video…once we have it edited!! For now, however, we have some great behind the scenes shots to show you. We love what we do and have such an amazing team of folks here at ANTHONYMATULA and are so blessed to be able to work with so many talented artists, musicians, and business folk. Thank you also to the amazing folks at Samary Plantation for such a beautiful location!
Horses may or may not be Abner’s favorite animal.
No one can resist the draw of the super slow motion playback.
This was before we threw Amanda into a freezing duck infested lake and a boiling hot bathtub.
The team for the shoot. Karrah, Rebecca, Laura, Tim and Mel (not pictured) helped make it all happen.
The Anthony Matula workout. Don’t try this at home.
The magic hour. Gorgeous.
The scariest shot of the day.
Oh, and did we mention we shot a live performance Christmas video the same day?! By the same day we mean into the wee hours of the morning of the next day. All in a “days” work. These guys were rock stars and nailed the vocal performances even in the midnight hour. Be sure to check out all their tracks and videos at their official site (link below).
Visit JOHNNYSWIMs official website to take a listen to the ‘Heart Beats’ track and start getting excited!
Studio Tenn’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming back this year to the Franklin Theatre, and we were excited to dive back into this show and design some new marketing for this age old classic. Studio Tenn’s artistic director Matt Logan’s vision for this production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is strong. Gothic dark costumes, sleek, clean and mysterious. With this in mind we took very clean and simple photos of Chip Arnold (Scrooge) and worked on keeping the look simple and classic. We brought in tin type elements while keeping a modern edge to the poses.
Fusing classic and clean, here is the final poster graphic. One of the most significant changes in Scrooge’s appearance this year is the removal of the classic Scrooge mutton chops. This brings a much sleeker look to the shot.
We also created a horizontal version of the poster as we do for every production of Studio Tenn’s for the movie theatre screens to advertise the show. We’ve got a trailer for the show coming soon so stay tuned!