I got a call on a Wednesday. It was my friend and client, Bradly, of Habitat Entertainment. "Hold on... Let me send you a text and then I'll call you right back.", he says.
I get a video a moment later, and it's of the huge robot, Maxx. In the video, a lady calls to him and with such fluid motion he walks over to her and seamlessly leans down to hear her. He then rises and says something that I assume is Japanese. (The video quality wasn't the best) I was blown away. I called Bradley back immediately.
"So what's going on?" I ask. "Can you shoot Maxx tomorrow?"
I was already booked, but you'd better believe I found out a way and slot for that time. I mean... it's a ROBOT! How often does you get the chance to photograph a robot!? Of course, not often... or ever.
I had a total of 40 mins to unload all my gear, set up and shoot Maxx. It was a big time crunch. Even though it was on short notice, and I had a pretty small window I still wanted to make these images as bad ass as I could with what I had to work with.
I rolled into a public parking deck. Carrying shoulders full of gear, and two c-stands, I walk down to the bottom of the concrete steps to round a corner and am immediately face to face.... or really face to abdomen with this 10' tall beast of a machine. "What's up? How's it going?", says Maxx the Robot. I think my response was something like "Hooolly fuck!" I feel that it was appropriate.
There was little time for awing at this marvel. I had to get right to work. I plugged in a fog machine immediately, which I brought on just the off-chance of there being power to supply it. I got lucky. I then set up a huge soft silver PLM umbrella as well as another strobe with a standard 7" reflected and Color Temp Teal gel. That light I moved around quite a bit as needed and even shot into it on some occasions. The setup was quick and dirty, but it worked. I also used a bit of the florescent lighting that was already in the paring deck and played everything else off of that. Below, you can see a sketch of an overhead view of the lighting.
It was a good time and experience. I had to stand in a chair through quite a bit of the shots to get on the same level as Maxx. Even then I was still on my tip toes.
As an added bonus, I was able to add Maxx to my My Red Bandanna Series. I'm pretty excited about that! I'm also excited to possibly do more projects with Maxx The Robot in the future!
Below, you'll find a few of the images from my shoot with Maxx, including the My Red Bandanna portrait of him.