Photography by Raphael Mazzucco
The Twilight films have made mega-stars of the cast; the media coverage on the latest Eclipse premiers have been an indication that the popularity of the films and the young stars is ever increasing. I had the opportunity to work with Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen in the series, last November on a photo and video shoot for SoBe Life Water. Ashley was delightful, very down to earth and such a trooper throughout the entirety of the production. Ashley underwent 12 hours of body painting each day by famed make-up artist Joanne Gair, and her amazing assistants, Isaac and Elizabeth. While the majority of the crew were still getting shut-eye, the production team lead by Robie Yamamoto, the make-up team, and Ashley were starting our work day at 2am! I have a soft spot for Robie, who’s astonished face did not even crack a grin when, soon after arriving on location in the darkness of the wee hours of the morning, I walked straight into a glass door in full stride!!! The experience was far more effective than a cup of coffee for a wake-up call:) To see the incredible detail in the airbrushed and hand painted make-up application click here and then check out Ashley’s behind the scenes interview.
Many productions come to the Turks and Caicos Islands for the incredible beaches alone, but Sobe required a picture perfect beach and a luscious, tropical jungle. This was the perfect opportunity to show production clientele we have much more to offer than jewel toned seas and powdery white sand. One can even find a grotto, hidden amongst a mini rainforest, filled with the sounds of chirping birds and the steady flow of a streaming waterfall. I believe everyone involved enjoyed the island, both while at work and most certainly at play, especially during our outrageously fun wrap party at the Gansevoort. Multi-talented make up assistant Isaac Prado-Zazueto entertained the entire Bagatelle Bistro with his phenomenal hula hoop dancing! Before long everyone wanted to give the hula hoop a whirl. We hope to see you all back here in the TCI in the near future.