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Hollywood Skaters Prowl the Set in an Aaron Rose and André Saraiva Film for L'Officiel Hommes

“Paramount Studios is fantastical by nature,” says artist and filmmaker Aaron Rose of the faux New York City streets and sun-baked Los Angeles location of today’s cinematic fashion short. Sweeping through the vacant lot, Rose and his co-director, L'Officiel Hommes editor André Saraiva shot a dreamlike portrait of professional skateboarders Jerry Hsu, Austyn Gillette, and Josh Harmony, besuited in Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, and Prada. Set to the epic pop of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” the slow-motion skaters are confronted by a trio of models in lace lingerie led by Belgian beauty Anouck Lepere, in a touch that echoes the band's 1980s videos. “It is his bicoastal perspective which started the idea for the film,” explains Saraiva of Rose’s past as founder of downtown New York institution Alleged Gallery, that is juxtaposed with his recent experience as a West Coast-dwelling artist. “We share a similar evolutionary process as creators, so it was natural to work together,” says Rose of his multidisciplinary Paris-based collaborator. “We were shooting two elements simultaneously, this film and a photo editorial. André would be shooting photos, then all of a sudden, he would hand me the stills camera. It was a wonderfully creative ping-pong volley.”

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    Clever. Loved it. As a new member, out of the dozen or so shorts I've seen, this is the best shot and designed. Great music choice, great shot of fire escape models and the panning up, great choice for skaters (as skaters embody human dance and style) and great to see them in slow motion because today one only sees them fast in video. What was wrong: skaters should have passed 'through' the models on sidewalk (missed opportunity of three and three passing), car style was WAY off and wrong, should have used small stylish foreign car, and lastly the cigarette -blaahh! .."lose it!" ...smoking is passé and done in human history of "woops!" only makes the model look ignorant instead of sheek and smart (which she was until then). Thanks for sharing! : )
  • goondocksaint
    I thought it was very-well shot, with great music, a sweet backdrop and a bit mesmerizing. I think it was a day well-spent. A good eye. Keep up the good work.
    • Posted By goondocksaint
    • September 29, 2013 at 4:11PM
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  • rfelijak
    f**kin delicious!!!
  • ragots
    To be quite honest, I yawned about in the middle of it. At first, you look at the skaters in slow mo and you say, wait a minute, where have I seen this ? Then you see the girls pop up and you say, okay, let's look at this, and then you notice it's the same tired models you see everywhere and you wonder, *****, why am I watching this ? And boredom sets in and you start passing the mouse over the timeline to see how much time is left. Not really creative, not worthy of being on Nowness really.
    • Posted By ragots
    • September 27, 2013 at 5:02AM
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