Tony Hale, Tallahassee Magazine Cover Shoot Video

Tony Hale on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine. Photo by Scott Holstein
Tony Hale on the cover of Tallahassee Magazine. Photo by Scott Holstein

Tony Hale from Arrested Development and Veep fame is originally from Tallahassee, FL. It was decided that he would be featured in an issue of the magazine and he would even be able to be on the cover. I had the privilege of shooting a behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot.

Tony Hale on the Cover of Tallahassee Magazine Behind-the-Scenes video produced by Carlin Trammel:

Photographer Scott Holstein has also written about the experience. You can read that here: Scott Holstein’s Tony Hale Blog

As a result of being able to shoot this, I had footage to use in the promo video for the July/August 2014 issue. I even had fun putting together motion graphics for the cover near the end of the video where the footage transitions into the cover.

Tallahassee Magazine, July/August 2014 promo video produced by Carlin Trammel


Ladies of Laughing Stock Video

I shot a video of a photo shoot we did at Tallahassee Magazine for a story about the ladies who run Laughing Stock, which is a theater production group in town. They were quite entertaining and I shot several more minutes that were like this, but whittled it down to what you see here.


A bikini-clad Rambabe, a tall, blonde, warrior woman, emerges from a lake at sunset while firing an M249 machine gun at the enemy. 1/160 f/9 at ISO 800 © Scott Holstein

I’ve worked with Scott Holstein now on several projects. A couple years ago, I produced a behind-the-scenes video about his “Quagmire” photo. Scott had a concept for another photo and again enlisted my aid in doing a behind the scenes video.

This concept, as Scott explains on his own blog, was about redoing the character of John Rambo as a woman. To set a campy mood for the video, we began by filming a parody sequence that aped a scene from Rambo II.

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Adventures in Modeling

One of the perks of my time spent working at Rowland Publishing was that I occasionally got to model for the various magazines. It was fun, broke up the routine and got me out of the office for a couple hours. Long-time readers of the various Rowland Publishing publications may have recognized me over the years as any number of characters: exasperated husband, upset manager, skeptical friend of vegetarian, and outdoor lawn gamer. And I’ve shared the fun with my family and was able to get my daughter in Tallahassee Magazine twice — one of those times on the cover even!

That’s where my daughter trumped me. For as often as I have appeared in the publications, none of my appearances had been on a cover. And I hadn’t been in 850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida either. So when lead designer Tisha Keller came to me and asked if I would be on the cover of 850, there was only one thing I could say: “I thought you’d never ask.”

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Making Rainbows

I had the opportunity to participate in a 24 Hour Film Contest over this past weekend. At 9 am Saturday, we were assigned the theme of “knowledge” and had until 9 am Sunday to write, shoot, and edit a 3-5 minute movie short. We were able to complete a nice little story in about 21 hours and turned it in an hour early.

Anyway, has all of the entries available to view on their site and you can vote for the one you think is the best. I would appreciate a vote for “Making Rainbows” and appreciate even more if you would pass this request along to everyone you know, post it on your Facebook pages, or your blogs asking for votes for “Making Rainbows.” We would love to win the Viewer’s Choice poll.


How ‘How It Happened One Night’ Happened

“How It Happened One Night” has been an interesting project. It started one day when I was talking to Rowland Publishing creative director, Larry Davidson. Larry was casually mentioning that a photo essay story was coming up in a future issue of Tallahassee Magazine that would send photographers all over town to document what happened during a typical evening. That instantly piqued my interest and I immediately suggested an idea I had sort of pitched a while back.

That idea was a spin-off of my work at Sports Publishing where I had worked on five DVDs called “Beyond the Book.” These discs were packaged with five books and featured interviews with the celebrity authors. The interviews gave viewers a little more info than what was in the book and came straight from the authors themselves in the interviews. I had pitched a similar idea to Rowland Publishing. I figured some stories could benefit from going more in-depth in video format. And that content could be posted online. Online video is booming and is fairly inexpensive to produce.

So, what became “It Happened One Night” seemed like a good story to get more in-depth with. The magazine feature was still being planned so my plans on how to approach the evening of the shoot were constantly changing. Finally, the teams were established and a schedule was mostly set in stone. Not really having a vision for what the final product would be, I plotted out shoots I thought were interesting and also tried to meet up with each of the seven teams at least once.

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How It Happened One Night

The entire 50+ minute documentary is now online. This documentary goes behind the scenes of the Tallahassee Magazine cover feature in the May/June 2007 issue, “It Happened One Night.” Seven photographers set out to capture what goes on in Tallahassee from sun down to sun up. And I was there capturing what happened with them.

How It Happened One Night from Carlin Trammel on Vimeo.