There’s no doubt that Santa Barbara is a city that is historically rich as well as visually one of California’s finest places to spend time living, or in our case on location shooting. The city has been host to top tier dog shows since 1919, when the city's first took place in the Palm Ring of the Belvedere Hotel. The times may have changed but the dogs are still prestigious and continue to rank as some of the best in the world.
We spent a weekend last August capturing imagery for Purina and their “Pro Plan” line via Colle+McVoy at the Santa Barbara Kennel Club show. It was a display of the best of the best competing for top rank in their respective categories. Groomed to the nines, these canine paragons put on quite a show, with no shortage of visual energy to spend time capturing over the course of the two-day event.
We have shot a number of similar projects for Purina and this was the first where video was added as an element of our production and workflow. We plan to share the director’s cut in a future post, offering a deeper look of life in the arena as well as how our spontaneous style of shooting was such a compliment to a fast paced project of this nature.
This week kicks off a 5 city tour to include Brooklyn, NY, New Orleans, LA, Denver, CO, Napa City, CA, and Detroit, MI. This will be one of our most varied productions as far as multiple stops for a single project. Spring is on and we are looking forward to life on the move, connecting with past as well as new prodution crew and talent in each of these markets.