illuustrations X lifewithjson: Teaser Video

Ricky got this done faster than I thought – just a quick clip of what he’s been working on over the last little bit…

I’m both super stoked and super nervous about it and it’s probably only because it’s the first time I’ve had my voice in anything LOL. I think it’s a good look into what lifewithjson is at a more personal level and in a different form than pictures. The below is a collection of the shots we got from a few practice sessions. I truthfully have no idea how the final video is going to look since we’re not even there yet and I don’t think Ricky does either but it’ll be coming in the next few months…

We’re just waiting for a few finishing pieces before we go out and Ricky captures the rest of the scenes. We hope that you enjoy at least this little teaser clip for now!

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illuustrations X lifewithjson: More Behind the Scenes

More behind the scenes shots as well as some extra shots that I take here and there… This is kind of the first time Ricky and myself are doing something a little outside of our comfort zone in terms of video. Just to clarify – Ricky does really great video on the “lifestyle” side of things and cars are new to him, but the “people” aspect and “humanizing” a video is not. He captures emotions and everything that’s alive really well. On the flip side, I’m comfortable with photographing cars and writing passionately about my hobbies (as you can see with my blog) but not so comfortable with humanizing it and bringing the “realness” to it all.

What do I mean by all of this? Well, Ricky had this crazy idea to take some shots of my car to let him practice and I agreed. I’m always down to have someone other than myself take pics/video of my car. Halfway through it all, he throws a bomb on me that literally makes me shake down to the bone… He goes “can you talk for the video? Like answer some questions to make it more personal?”

At first I was totally against it and told him straight up “NOPE”. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy public speaking and I have no issues standing up in front of a room of people and presenting or talking… But to be pretty much interviewed and to answer questions that will forever be encoded into a video – that scares the living daylight out of me. I’m sure some of you understand – hearing your own voice is weird, right? Imagine hearing it while watching a video of your own car LOL.

Anyway – Ricky has been extremely persistent. I would shut the idea down one day and he’d be like “haha OK” and then the next day he’d hit me with questions to answer. I finally caved and agreed and have been putting it off for so long… But I finally sat my ass down and got it done. Just to be clear – it’s no full interview so I know it’s not a big deal but it’s a huge deal for me! I think the video is going to be new and different for the both of us and I’m glad Ricky has invited me to partake in the making of the video. I think I finally see his vision of what he wants it to be and it’s got me super excited and nervous for everyone to see it.

He’s working on the teaser for now and until I get the rest of my parts, we won’t go out and film the rest of it for the final video… Stay tuned for that! Onto the pics!

Ricky doing his thing while I try to stay out of the way…

I’m super glad I decided to go out sooner rather than later to these empty spots because they’re definitely not so empty anymore. I’m noticing tons of people now heading to these locations and even when we were out on this occasion, there was definitely larger traffic count…

When I first got here, I stayed here for almost 20 minutes and literally not a single car came through. On this occasion with Ricky – which was just my second time here after posting the first set – we almost couldn’t catch a break!

We stuck around that night just to wait for the sun to go down and for the street lights to turn on. I’m glad we did because we got some awesome captures. I’m super stoked on how the stills came out – it definitely gave a nice and peaceful ambience.

Again, you’ll notice that I start to play around with edits as we go – sorry to those of you that like consistency LOL. Don’t worry – I like consistency too but the need to experiment outweighs my OCD to be the same…

Probably my favourite shot of the night. This one just had perfect lighting for me…

Started to get really dark at this point but luckily the lights under the statues started lighting up. They change colours so that might explain some of the differences in all the pics.

Lately, I’ve really been digging the addition of cyan/teal into pictures and then trying to pair it with its complimentary colours of red/yellow. Gives a cool night-time vibe.

Just some shots of Stephen Ave while we’re actually shooting. The only cars that really come through here are SkipTheDishes and UberEats drivers to pick up food from the nearby restaurants.

A shot of those statues with the changing lights. It’s a cool scene but a little hard to work with.

On the way home, I played around at an empty FasGas cause there was some good lighting LOL

Gas station shots will never not be cool.


illuustrations X lifewithjson: A COVID Video Production

Some other things that’s been happening during this isolation is the beginning of a video that’s been in the works for years. I say “years” because Ricky has been wanting to do a full video for my car since I had the FRS. He even had a bunch of clips all ready to go for the FRS and only needed a bit more then my jerkass decided to sell it and get a CTR instead. As a result, the FRS video never really made it beyond a teaser video. 😦

Now that I’ve got the CTR to a better-looking state than stock, he’s at it again. This time, I don’t think I’ll be selling the CTR before the video is done so it’s something to look forward to.

With all this time on our hands in the evenings, we’re taking advantage of all the dead space I’ve been going on and on about in the last several posts to get some cool footage. Ricky has this vision of how he wants to do the video which (spoiler alert) includes some voice over and talking featuring yours truly… Not going to lie, I was (and still am) a little intimidated about it all because I’m usually the one on the back-end of the camera, so my face is rarely in photos – let alone my voice.

After thinking about it and trying to build upon his vision, I think it’s going to turn out super cool. He’s going to continue taking footage and piecing it together and make edits until it’s where it needs to be. I’ll be the first to admit that I probably will never do video after seeing how much work it is just toΒ get the footage. I can’t imagine editing it LOL.

Anyway, here’s just some behind the scenes shots when we made a trip back to the airport. I’ll be taking a lot of BTS shots that lead up to the final video… Enjoy!

I thought it only fitting to wear the fresh blazers that Ricky helped me get for this video shoot. I’ve had them for almost a month but since we haven’t gone anywhere, I haven’t been able to put them on. Had to get them in the shot lol

Ricky doing his thing… Most of the BTS shots you’ll see are just of Ricky doing his thing LOL… featuring my car.

And every now and then, I’ll sneak in a few shots while trying to stay out of the way. BTW, have I mentioned how much I love that grill garnish? Phewwwwwww

Video is so much more different than photos… Panning, zooming, and whatever else you do during video. LOL too much for me to handle.

After a good 20 minutes at the airport, a guard came and asked what we were doing. Ricky replies “just taking some video” and the guard goes “… Of what?” as he proceeds to roll his eyes up like there’s anything else to take a fucking video of.

Ricky replies “his car”. Meanwhile I wanted to ask him “what does it look like we’re taking video of?! the airport signs?!” Some people are just so purposefully ignorant, it pisses me off. Then he goes “you guys are being recorded – there are cameras everywhere”. Thanks Karen – we better stop harassing all the people around here and get out. UGH

Anyway – I get it. It’s technically private property and we shouldn’t be loitering but there is literally not a single soul around except me, Ricky and his dumbass and he’s still gotta be an asshole about it. If any of you do end up going to the airport and see a tardy, Dwight-looking couch potato, you know what he’s gonna do.

We ended up heading up the road a bit to overlook the city a bit and captured sunset nicely again. I’ve been getting some good luck with the light lately…

Especially this shot. I call it the COVID-distance shot. Plenty of those to be had lately…