BINGO! We were in business.
We had two weeks. That's not a lot of time for a project like this. After finalizing the budget and securing the location, we dove into the toughest part: creating the costumes. Super-genius costume creator, Kyle Kupres , took my measurements by phone and began work in LA. One week later, he flew to NYC. He went from the airport to the studio and began pinning.
In between fittings, my stylist, Lisa von Weise Shaw, and I ran to Albright Fashion Rental house and went through their stash of accessories and shoes. When they asked what we were looking for, Lisa said, "Things that will look good with Isabel's naked body."
The next morning I woke up at 4 am and hit the arc machine for a hi-effort 30 minute cardio workout. My make up genius, Tracy, arrived at 5 am and set about the task of transforming me into a movie star.
We left for the set at 7 am, and my hair stylist got to work. And at 9:30, the first shot was supposed to be up, but wasn't. At 10:30, I asked how things were looking. And at 11am, I went down to the street and sat down in a limousine wearing nothing but a blanket, a necklace, a few rings and a pair of shoes.
It was a long day and a longer night. My make up guru had to put make up in places I never thought anyone would. At one point, I was adding Wild Turkey to my Chamomile Tea. By 8pm, I was tossing peanut m&m's by the fistful into my mouth, and by midnight I simply couldn't stand up anymore.
I got home at 1 am, wondering what on earth we would do with the footage we shot. We had shots of me pretending to fall off a cliff, we had shots of me crawling across the red carpet, we had shots of me flipping the bird, we had shots of my stark naked looking happy, looking sad, looking anxious, looking bored.
If you think the real work happens on set, you're in for a major surprise when you go through your footage and try to tell a story with it. What you thought would work in concept, rarely works in actuality. And you end up with all kinds of shots you never thought of during your story boarding.
I worked with Yossi Kimberg, a veteran and genius who's worked with Jerry Seinfeld for many years and won all kinds of impressive awards. Yossi was patient and focused on telling the right story. He tried everything I asked, even when I insisted that he make it look like I was jumping in the air in my chicken outfit and landing in an outlandish position--- two completely unrelated shots.
After many color passes and glazes and endless searches for Getty stock images of Paparazzi on the red carpet, here's what we made. I hope you like it!