Art Streiber on “Hung,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and Conan’s owl portrait

A bunch of new entertainment campaigns shot by Art have recently made their debut on bus shelters, in magazines, and everywhere that the studios tout major TV shows and movies (which is pretty much everywhere). Among them are the posters for the HBO series Hung, which stars Thomas Jane as a high school coach who turns to prostitution to, um, make ends meet; posters for CBS’s Hawaii-Five-0 remake, which premieres September 20; and ads for Conan O’Brien, who is promoting his talk show’s move to TBS (starting in November).

I asked Art to tell me a bit about each shoot. Here’s what he said…

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“We tried a number of different options with the model’s hands—such as on his chest, flanking his head and neck…”

 

Photo by Art Streiber for HBO.

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“Working with Thomas Jane is incredibly easy,” says Art. “He is amenable and motivated to make sure that I get what I’m looking for and that the client, in this case HBO, is getting what they’re looking for. We did eight setups with Tom in a little bit under four hours.

The final key art came from the very first setup we did: A model straddles Tom as he looks at the camera with a look that reads, ‘Somebody’s got to do it.’ We tried a number of different options with the model’s hands—such as on his chest, flanking his head and neck—before we landed on the her pinning his shoulders.

We were attempting to find the very delicate balance between alluding to his character’s ‘other job’ and creating an image that went too far beyond PG-17.”

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The owl lost control of his gastrointestinal tract down the back of Conan’s jacket…

Photo by Art Streiber for TBS.

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“Conan came to play, as well. At the beginning of the day, he told all of us that he was ‘putty in our hands’ and was interested in doing everything that the network had in mind. We accomplished 27 looks on six sets over the course of the day, and Conan had 11 wardrobe changes.

We photographed Conan with the owl on his shoulder on two different sets. While I directed Conan, owl trainer Mike Miliotti attempted to keep “Twilight’s” eyes looking in my general direction. And just as he had done with the stand-in the day before, Twilight did lose control of his gastrointestinal tract down the back of Conan’s jacket.”

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.“We were able to capture the spraying water all in camera…”

Portraits by Art Streiber for CBS.

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“Working on this campaign was a blast! My set designer, Nick Tortorici, and I created the ‘crashing wave’ effect in the parking lot of Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood and were able to capture the spraying water all in camera.

Nick built an extremely shallow 12×12-foot wading pool, and at one end he placed a fiberglass boulder behind a steel, 4-foot triangular column. A high-pressure hose from a 4,000-gallon water truck pumped warm water against the back of the boulder and the column, sending water spraying in every direction around our subjects.”

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A couple of behind-the-scenes shots….


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“The camera and I were about 12 feet away from the talent behind a 4×8-foot plexi ‘wall,’ in order to keep us dry, and the computer and digital tech were hidden away in the back of a 3-ton grip truck parked in the corner of the parking lot. Fortunately, it was a very hot afternoon in West Hollywood…”

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Thanks, Art!

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