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Promotional Work for Speakeasy Theatre

It’s been a little quiet on the blog here but I’m gonna try an catch up with some work over the next little while. First I want to share a promotional series I photographed for Speakeasy Theatres sold old show The Shipment directed by Kayvon Khoshkam and Omari Newton.

Featuring: Chris Francisque, Kiomi Pyke, Adrian Neblett, Andrew Creightney and Omari Newton

 

The New York Times says “Cultural images of black America are tweaked, pulled and twisted like Silly Putty in “The Shipment,” a subversive, seriously funny new theater piece”. Theatre Mania calls The Shipment “An insightful piece about black identity politics that is daring, provocative, and very, very funny.”

Biting satire at its very best, The Shipment is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.

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Andrew Creightney - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Andrew Creightney – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Omari Newton - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Omari Newton – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Kiomi Pyke - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Kiomi Pyke – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Chris Francisque - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Chris Francisque – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Adrian Neblett - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Adrian Neblett – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

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Cop & A Half 2 – KeyArt – Universal Pictures

Photographed the key art for Universal Pictures Cop And A Half: New Recruit, it was a fun day working with the legendary Lou Diamond Phillips and the up-and-coming star Lulu Wilson. New Recruit is a sequel to the 1993 Cop and a Half with Burt Reynolds and Ruby Dee.

Grizzled veteran detective Mark Simmons (Lou Diamond Phillips) can’t seem to catch the “Badge Bandit” – the city’s serial prankster who’s causing mischief and embarrassing the police. Karina Foley (Lulu Wilson) is a spunky 12-year-old who dreams of being a cop. She stumbles on Simmons’ stakeout where she proves she’s got serious detective skills and tech-savvy smarts. While Simmons wants to ignore Karina, the police captain does the unthinkable and teams them up. While on their mission to stop the “Badge Bandit,” the unlikely duo goes on a hilarious, action-filled adventure!

As always it was a pleasure working alongside the local film folks. We shot the gallery out in Maple Ridge at The Ridge Studios.

Cop & A Half: New Recruit, Keyart, Universal Home Entertainment

Cop & A Half: New Recruit, Keyart, Universal Home Entertainment

 

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Bigger Fatter Liar – KeyArt – Universal Pictures

Had the pleasure of photographing the movie poster for Universal Picture Entertainments “Bigger Fatter Liar” by Ron Oliver with Jodelle Ferland,  Barry Bostwick and Ricky Garcia. It’s the sequel to the 2002 hit “Big Fat Liar” starring Frankie Muniz and Paul Giamatti. We were lucky to get to shoot the gallery at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada.

Kevin Shepard is a tech-savvy young genius who uses his intelligence to slack off. When greedy video game executive Larry Wolf gets a hold of his ideas for a video game, Kevin and his best friend Becca set off for San Francisco to make Wolf’s life miserable through a series of pranks. – IMDB

Bigger Fatter Liar - Key Art - Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Bigger Fatter Liar – Key Art – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

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New Publicity Work For Young Bombs

Had the pleasure of having the Vancouver-based electronic duo Young Bombs in the studio to update some publicity material. They have already released a string of popular remixes and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Make sure to check them out on Soundcloud and give their Instagram/Snap Stories (youngbombs) a try as well( they’re pretty funny!).

This was my second time photographing them. It’s great having them in the studio as they’re always up for some experimenting.

Young Bombs - Music And Promo Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Young Bombs – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Young Bombs - Music And Promo Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Young Bombs – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Young Bombs - Music And Promo Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Young Bombs – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

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New Work – Portraits of Lorne Craig – Unicycle Creatives

Catching up on some older work I haven’t shared yet.

Last year I had the pleasure of creating some conceptual portraits of Lorne Craig. Lorne has been creating advertising, marketing and communications work for 20+ year. For the last 10 years with Unicycle Creative were he is the Creative Director and owner. He has a big focus on working with brands that share his vision on sustainability and balance.

… and yes, Lorne is pretty sharp on a unicycle as well!! Enjoy the images below.

Unicycle Creative - Lorne Craig - Conceptual - Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Unicycle Creative – Lorne Craig – Conceptual – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Unicycle Creative - Lorne Craig - Portrait - Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Unicycle Creative – Lorne Craig – Portrait – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Unicycle Creative - Lorne Craig - Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Unicycle Creative – Lorne Craig – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

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BC Hydro- Advertising Campaign – TAXI

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with the great creative people at TAXI‘s Vancouver office for a small Spring Lighting advertising campaign for BC Hydro. The campaign was shot as a collage so the images would both work individually as well as together next to each other as platform posters at skytrain stations around Vancouver.

BC Hydro - Vancouver Advertising Campaign

BC Hydro – Vancouver Advertising Campaign – TAXI Advertising Agency. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

BC Hydro - Vancouver Advertising Campaign

BC Hydro – Vancouver Advertising Campaign – TAXI Advertising Agency. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

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Editorial Assignment – CB Magazine – Laurent Potdevin of Lululemon

I had the pleasure of visiting Lululemon again after having photographed an editorial portrait of their CEO Laurent Potdevin for The Wall Street Journal earlier. This time it was for a feature in Canadian Business Magazine.

We got to photograph Laurent in his office at the Lululemon headquarters in Vancouver. We did a wide environmental portrait and used a 4ft seamless behind the subject to separate and frame him. This was a request from the photo editor as this has been a concept and theme they have used in multiple editions of the magazine for these kind of features. We had a quick scout before the shoot day to find the best spot and which seamless colour would work for the concept and location.  For lighting we used a 3ft octabank as key light and a shoot through umbrella as fill and flood light. I think it all turned out well.

 

LAURENT POTDEVIN
A former president of Burton Snowboards and Toms Shoes, Laurent Potdevin joined Lululemon Athletica
in January 2014 with a mission to put product quality and image stumbles behind the clothing retailer. Today, one can only conclude he has succeeded: Sales should surpass US$2 billion this year, aided by overseas expansion and
a healthy 4% growth in comparable store sales, and the stock is once again testing its all-time highs. Born in Switzerland, Potdevin holds both an MBA and a master’s degree in engineering.

– Canadian Business Magazine

Laurent Potdevin, CEO of Lululemon Athletica Inc. for Canadian Business Magazine. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Laurent Potdevin, CEO of Lululemon Athletica Inc. for Canadian Business Magazine. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

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R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly – Key Art – Universal Studios

A movie poster I photographed for Universal Studios “Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House” by R.L. Stine. We shot it on set in Langley outside Vancouver, Canada. As always it was pleasure working alongside BC’s local motion picture crew.

Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House is a 2016 horror comedy fantasy film directed by Ron Oliver and the sequel to Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (2014). The film is based on the third book of the same name by R. L. Stine and the third installment of the Mostly Ghostly film series.

– Wikipidea

Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House, Key Art, Universal Studios. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House, Key Art, Universal Studios. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

The motion picture features  Corey Fogelmanis as Max Doyle, Sophie Reynolds as Cammie Cahill, Blake Michael as Nicky Roland, Olivia Ryan Stern as Tara Roland, Jamie Kennedy as Simon and Danny Trejo as Mr. Morgo.

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