The 3 day American Eagle shoot.
When I got the email that several of my friends and I were headed to the desert for 3 days to shoot a commercial for American Eagle, I was immediately excited for the experience. Some of my best friends from the past 3 years in Los Angeles were there. I made some great new friends too.
We were on the dry lake bed of El Mirage, California. Temps were well over 100 degrees. I must have drank over 20 bottles of water each day.
There was minimal chaos when the sandstorms kicked up and rearranged the set. Some crew members, like badasses, held their ground with bandana’s covering their faces, trying to hold tents to the ground. I was on the bus when I saw the cyclone coming. I looked out the window and saw dozens of people running my way like refugees. Some people were silently gathering themselves on the bus for the next hour, others were excitedly sharing the photo’s they were kind enough to let me use here. My phone’s memory was full by mid day 1, and I forgot the GoPro at the studio (majorly bummed about it).
By the end of Day 1, 30 people had retired to the medic’s quarters. Many did not return day 2. Partly due to weather, and partly the hotel conditions. We were put up in shanty motels, where multiple people had bed bugs, and others had no AC. I was fortunate enough to have neither issue, and I slept like a baby both nights.
Days 2 and 3 were more of the same. I’m limited in what I can discuss before the commercial airs, and I don’t want to get an angry call for American Eagle. All in all I had a great experience. I spent most of my down time reading OSHO, and writing for my EP coming this fall.
The sunsets were among my highlights, I sungazed each night and just took in the whole moment. It’s hard not to be thankful for the life I’ve been given.
The whole production was awesome from my perspective, and I would do it all again given the chance, even after the way my body reacted when it was all done (with a migraine and vomiting).
I’m really looking forward to this commercial airing, I’ll post a link once I find it, and tell you more about behind the scenes.
Goodbye for now :)