Blowing Smoke With Iron Chef Bobby Flay!!!

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This past weekend was the unofficial start of Summer and to kick off the season, Dave Baratz at USAWeekend had me shoot Iron Chef Bobby Flay for a Summer Grilling cover. He wanted BBQ…he wanted smoke…he wanted fire…and he wanted it shot in a studio.

So we obliged.

We set up shop at Milk studios for a couple of reasons…first, Studio #3 was wonderfully huge and second, it had tons of windows that we were gonna need to clear out all the smoke I knew we would have. But fake smoke is one thing, fire is something else! Since we couldn’t exactly light a real fire, I called upon Sarah Oliphant for a flame backdrop

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Next came the smoke. I kinda knew the standard Rosco smoke fogger wouldn’t be the way to go because all it does is spew out a huge blast of very hard to control smoke and I really wanted to have very precise, wispy smoke curls. We did tests using Superior smoke pellets

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…but at $7 a pop and only lasting 20-30 seconds each, they weren’t the ideal fit. But then we found something new to me at JMFX out in Brooklyn…the Tiny F07 fogger

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Not only is it small…about the size of a deck of cards…so it’s easy to hide on a set or maneuver in and out of the shot on the fly, but since it has a wireless remote control, it’s extremely easy to control the output. About the only downside is that the damned thing costs $1850.00!!! Thank God for rental houses.

But after firing up a couple of the Tiny F07’s, this was literally our first test with the smoke..

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Not bad at all…all we had to do now was add an Iron Chef…

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Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

…and the cover…

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With the cover in the bag, we moved on to a second shot with another Olpihant backdrop

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After slapping a couple of steaks on the grill and both mini-smoke machines hidden inside, Bobby went to work…

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

So that was our day with the Iron Chef…and the best part is that now all of us at Damn Ugly Photography are certified special effects technicians!!!

Kaz, Brad & Ben

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7 thoughts on “Blowing Smoke With Iron Chef Bobby Flay!!!

  1. nice, AS ALWAYS, brad.
    for a Great Time, check out the documentary about Gregory Crewdson, available on Netflix… HE is KING of the smoke machine. not being a wise guy, it’s a very good film. made me much more of a fan of his.

  2. Great shots as usual.

    one of the things i learned about working with smoke came from a director on As The World Turns who would shoot it ‘wild’ and add it later in post. it was much more controllable that way even in video. i now do that on my still shots. just a way that i work.

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