Readers of this blog will remember Michael…..he was also my client on the Casa Estrella project, where I also worked alongside Quentin.
This property was a Don Sandy original – built at the start of his career in 1963. Sandy went on to focus mainly on resorts and hotels, spending the next 50 years circling the globe and building commercial spaces. Over the ensuing decades, his vision for this house was slowly corrupted, and it took the current owners several months of work (and a lot of money) to restore it to it’s original glamour. Don himself was brought in to supervise the restoration.
One of the great things about working with Michael is that he gives me complete freedom to do what I want — free, unfettered access to the house, at any time of the day or night, for pretty much as long as I want.
“Michael, I need to do some dawn twilights.” OK.
“Michael, I need a 10-year-old boy to do cannonballs in the pool.” No Problem.
“Michael, I need you to throw a big cocktail party with caterers and valet parking.” Done.
“Michael, I need your classic collector’s Porsche and a helicopter.” Sure thing.
I love this guy! And hopefully, the results speak for themselves. Quentin went all-out on this, shooting time-lapse and video and spending way more time on location than I did. Here’s the video Quentin made:
Quentin and I agreed early on that the “sex appeal” of this place was outside, not inside. The inside was nice enough, but this was clearly a house built for parties, and not indoor parties, either. We staged two cocktail parties (a little one, and a big one) and both naturally gravitated towards the pool and the big grassy terrace.
Over the course of a week or so I spent around 15 hours photographing the interiors and exteriors. Quentin and I met at the house twice to do pre-shoot walkthroughs, and it was while we walked the grounds and explored the rooms that we heard the story of the house coming out in our plans. We wanted to make stills and video that complemented each other without duplicating one another’s efforts.
Here’s a few more of my favorites:
I have a bunch of BTS stuff, when I’ve got time I’ll throw together a few clips and post ’em here!