Sometimes tracking across London in the morning rush leaves you wishing for some alternative means of transport. I am slight jealous of the journalists who can chose their mode of transport as they only carry an iPhone to record with and at times a pen and paper. However, a shoot at a photography studio does at least allow for more space and possibilities than a shoot in a tight hotel room.
So when we finally got to The Worx studio in South West London, we ordered a litre of coffee to shake off the rush hour traffic blues and we got started. Eamonn Holmes was our sitter of the day. Well known for his morning breakfast show he is now also a champion of the people with a new TV program fighting for consumer rights. It was evident to me that he felt his program was doing good. He was now a man who could lash out at the big corporations that take the consumer for granted.
I was surprised at how involved Eamonn wanted to be with the shoot. I thought he’d turn up and leave it all to us, image, lighting, concept and the rest. But no, not Eamonn. He is also a champion of his own image it seems. We discussed ideas, how to create a visual that relates to his new role as the man of the people. Ireland, religion and a good old knuckle duster to the face of the wrong doers were two directions Eamonn was particularly keen in pursuing. An imaginary halo was placed above his head and then he was doing the sign of the cross on his chest, followed by a good old fist fight with the invisible man, placed just in front of my lens. (Or was it me he was aiming for?) The shoot left me confident in one thing at least, and that is that Eamonn, should he choose to, would also be able to spread his remit to CGI acting.