Late last night Zac and I flew back in to Australia. What a great trip that was! We visited London (for NYE), Gdansk, Berlin, Innsbruck and Munich. As well as doing a whole lot of touring I got to meet up with some pretty beautiful guys as well, including a bunch of guys that I have shot scenes with in the past. I’m really excited to start posting some of the stuff I shot along the way. Probably one of the most beautiful places we visited was Innsbruck down in Austria. Even though it was a little bit quiet there to do much shooting, it was great climbing those mountains and checking out the views. It really is a beautiful part of the world. I’m hoping that I will get a trip back to Europe in their summer this year (Australia’s winter). I’m sure the photos in summer would be even nicer.
We survived the 29 hour trip from Australia to London. We have been in London a couple of days now and I’m still a bit jet lagged. But I’m looking forward to seeing how the Brits celebrate New Year’s Eve tonight. So far we have been busy running around all over town visiting friends, eating and shopping. It’s going to be a busy 3 weeks as we travel around some beautiful cities. In the meantime, happy New Year to everyone! It’s been a year full of fun, and it looks like 2015 is going to be even better. I will post some photos here from the trip while we are travelling about.
I love visiting my family in Queensland. This Christmas with the family gave me a chance to get a lot more practice in using the new GoPro. And I gotta say it’s a lot of fun. Especially in the swimming pool. Today I will head home to Melbourne to pack another suitcase as we jet off to Europe tomorrow. Of course I expect a lot less sunny days over there right now. I’m now officially on vacation from my day job for the next 3 weeks.
So summer is here and there’s no excuse not to get naked outside. Damien was one of the first to get out on the roof this summer. And there have been a few more since then. His shoot was really popular when I posted it last week. He has also been back for another shoot with one of my mates. The guys love filming with him and the feedback on his shoots has been really great. Damien is definitely going to be a busy boy this summer.
So I picked up a GoPro camera on the weekend and Zac used it to shoot the BTS footage for a new scene this week. And I gotta say it looks amazing! The video appears to be a lot sharper than the Sony videos cameras I usually use. In fact maybe a bit too sharp. But we’ll see how it looks once it is edited and posted on the site. I think it will be great for making the BTS videos since it can be hooked up virtually anywhere and has a nice wide angle on it. And so tiny to carry. I could carry almost 10 of these in the space of my usual video camera. I can’t wait to start using it regularly in our shoots. The room in the picture above is actually quite small. You wouldn’t really know in that shot.
Now if this turned up under my Christmas tree this year I’d be pretty happy. The GoPro camera… not necessarily the helicopter thing carrying it. I was looking at some huge drones while I was in Bangkok. Some of those things are massive. While I like the idea of getting aerial shots I don’t like the idea of a machine with spinning blades hovering above people. I have seen some pretty cool shots from them for some of the big porn studios. But it’s the GoPro that I’m interested in. The new Hero4 makes some great video. I am thinking about getting one for the behind the scenes footage. They are smaller to pack when I go travelling and they are easier to mount around a scene to capture all the action. After a quick search I found that some of the large porn studios have also been using them to capture extra footage.
A quick post before I head off to the next shoot. I’ve booked a lot of guys for scenes over this weekend. When I’m not snapping away I’m recharging the cameras and organising the gear for the next shoot. Yesterday went really well. Most of all I love it when the guys get along really well and the scenes goes smoothy. This weekend I’m shooting all the scenes with guys who have appeared before, but new match ups. Unfortunately there’s a big public event happening next to my building so I can’t shoot on the roof this weekend. So I am shooting out at other locations around the city. It’s an early start this morning so I had better get moving.
I’ve set myself a goal to complete 9 more shoots before Christmas. That’s about 5 weeks away. So I’m fully in shooting mode at the moment. And right now I already have the guys for the next 5 shoots all worked out. You see right after Christmas Zac and I are heading to Europe. So I am filming a bunch of scenes now to keep the site updates going while I am travelling. Of course we will most likely meet with some beautiful guys along the way, but it’s always good to have a bunch of scenes prepared for the weeks while we’re on the road. And right now is the most perfect time to shoot in Melbourne. The days are warm and the sun doesn’t go down until 8.30pm. So there’s no excuse not to be shooting every day of the week. And I’m definitely not short of guys volunteering to get in on the scenes. December is going to be the busiest month ever!
The rooftop has been busy this weekend with the guys getting their gear off and having some fun. Today I shot a new scene with Jet and Skippy. The sky was perfectly blue. It wasn’t as warm as it has been the past few days. But that didn’t stop us from having some fun up there. I really like using the reflector outside to minimise the shadowing over the guys faces. It’s better to see the guys eyes by lighting them up with the reflector. It also means that the don’t have squint in to the sun. I hope all weekends are as nice as this from now on.
I was pretty happy to return from my vacation this week to find that summer had arrived. Of course it also meant going back to work. But I’m way happier getting to shoot ith the guys outside again. I’m busy now booking up the guys for the next few weeks to shoot a tonne of new stuff. In the meantime here is a quick pic of me soaking up the sun this morning on my rooftop. Good morning Melbourne!