Airport Elves

Client: DFW International Airport
Artwork & Retouching: Imaginary Lines
Capture & Phase One Rental: Imaginary Lines
Agency: The Integer Group
Art Direction: Anastasia Belomyltseva
Production: Tamco Productions

Imaginary Lines and Stewart Cohen Pictures take the wheel in Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts

Every year the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is released with a great deal of pomp and fanfare. The often unconventional items in the Fantasy Gift Collection get a great deal of attention from the public and the media. Over the years we have had the honor to provide artwork on images of gifts ranging from ultralight aircraft resembling butterflies to high tech devices or even animals.

We have collaborated with Stewart Cohen Pictures for the last 3 years on Fantasy Gift cars: Rolls-Royce Dawn LE in 2017, a custom Infiniti Q60 in 2016, and a 700 horsepower Ford Mustang in 2015. Neiman Marcus creative director, Tim Flannery provided his flair and art direction. It’s always a pleasure to be part of the high octane, well synchronized productions that Stewart organizes. Our contribution not only included digital artwork, but also our Phase One camera systems and capture services on set.

This year the fantasy gift cars we worked on were Yours & Mine Rolls-Royce limited edition Dawns. They were inspired by two of the most glamorous locales in the world: Lake Como and Saint-Tropez. One car is Lago di Como blue and the other is Saint-Tropez Orange. Our challenge was to create the backgrounds from many stock images to reflect unique, nonexistent, fantasy destinations using Lake Como and Saint-Tropez as our inspiration. The cars were then shot here in Dallas. In any situation, lighting a car is no simple task, and Stewart had to light these cars to match the lighting of the created backgrounds. To make this even more complex, the car was only available for a short time, leaving about an hour for each position to light and shoot the car. We were working with a minimal crew, but experience and team work allowed us to pull it off.

The previous two images were quite different from the Rolls-Royce. The Infiniti Q60 was shot at the El Mirage dry lake bed in California. We built the background for that shot as well, but from photographs Stewart took during the same shoot. The Mustang was shot at the Texas Motor Speedway north of DFW. That background underwent a different kind of construction. Along with many changes that included a new sky, we had to fill the stands with spectators, and of course, add the second car.

Being part of the team on a Stewart Cohen Pictures production is usually a lot of work, but also yields great results. We end up with the content we need for a seamless transition to post production. High quality images are crucial for Mary as she and her team begin the work of bringing something that started as a concept to a final spectacular finish.

Client: Neiman Marcus
Artwork & Retouching: Imaginary Lines
Capture & Phase One Rental: Imaginary Lines
Photography: Stewart Cohen of SCPictures
Creative Direction: Tim Flannery

Airport Snowman

Client: DFW International Airport
Artwork & Retouching: Imaginary Lines
Capture & Phase One Rental: Imaginary Lines
Agency: The Integer Group
Art Direction: Anastasia Belomyltseva
Production: Tamco Productions

Mitsubishi Electric

Client: Mitsubishi Electric
Agency: Morrison
Digital Artwork: Imaginary Lines

Capturing Hot Shots At DFW

It was cool to shoot around an Airbus A380, but it was such a hot Texas summer day, they had a fire truck on the tarmac.

Seriously, it was really hot, but the ladder truck was only on the tarmac for us to use as a lift to get the perspective we needed for a shot of the cargo door of the A380. We also captured a few images of the aircraft from above for Quantas Airways.

Tamco Productions brought us in to provide Phase One camera rental, digital capture, and post production on a campaign by the agency, Integer, launching new luxury duty free shops in the DFW airport terminal. We spent two days at various locations in the airport shooting backplates for fun images featuring high end products including fragrances, watches, clothing, makeup, and handbags. The merchandise was shot in the studio, and then scaled much larger than life size in post to bring attention to the products available in the new shops.

The final images needed to cover formats from web banners to grand scale murals in vertical and horizontal crops. Our Phase One cameras gave us the the outstanding files we needed to provide DFW Airport and Integer with high quality images that could handle all outputs from a single execution.

Agency: The Integer Group
Client: DFW International Airport
Producer: Tamco Productions

Making Magic

Cleaver? Clever? Include Imaginary Lines on your creative team to make magic and turn your razor sharp ideas into images that tell stories.

We collaborated with cutting edge, imaginative photographer, Hugh Kretschmer, to create these magical images for Caesars Entertainment and Penn & Teller. Hugh provided many edgy, expressive images, that through artistic sleight of hand, we were able to turn into humorous stills and animations.

Photography: Hugh Kretschmer
Agency: Caesars Entertainment Studio One
Client: Penn & Teller

Let Us Capture Something For You

Sixty stories up or six feet under water, we are all about performing on location.

Contact Imaginary Lines when you need support from a team who owns Phase One camera systems, and who has the experience to put them under water, on the roof of a skyscraper, in a helicopter, or on a speeding car.

During production, our team can help direct shooting your content to make certain you capture all the elements required by post production for your project.

The support doesn’t stop on location, we can move with you directly to post. The team that is on your shoot can be the same one that works with you all the way through to create final striking images.

Agency: And Partners
Client: The Durst Organization

Art of Fashion – At the End of the Runway

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to work with Bennett.Elia on many images from the Neiman Marcus “Art of Fashion” stories. The images are usually as evocative as the fashions they are presenting. This season, we were teamed up once again with photographer Geof Kern, who we worked with in the mid 90’s on what was the first “Art of Fashion” for both of us. This is a striking collection that takes you literally from the port to the end of the runway.

Lürzer’s Int’l Archive 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide 2017

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Lürzer’s Int’l Archive 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide 2017

Once again, we have been included in Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide.
We were involved in these fun projects from capture through final and we could not be more proud to have earned this honor.
We didn’t do it alone. We collaborated with great crews, photographers and agencies. Many thanks to Michael Mayo, And Partners, and Grant Design Collaborative.

Chione – Kiss of winter

Chione is the first in a series of Imaginary Lines images that we had a lot of fun producing. Chris and I shot the base images in west Texas and captured the rest of the elements in our new studio. We combined all into a snowy mix of winter, resulting in high res still images and animations for web.

Sometimes good things come from difficult situations. On the way back from a shoot in LA, we were stranded in an ice storm in west Texas. The silver lining was that when we were able to travel again, we experienced something we had never seen before – freezing fog. It was absolutely beautiful. We love to go out and shoot landscapes, so of course we had to stop along the way to capture some images. At times, these shots may be the inspiration for a project, or sometime we use them as elements in other images. This time, these images became the start point for this winter image.

Recently, we set up a new photo studio and it was really fantastic to have space to work. It allowed us to consider a project of this scale and we were really able to take advantage of our 100 megapixel Phase One camera and lighting gear. We handled all aspects of production – concept, art direction, wardrobe, props, lighting, photography, and retouching. We were very fortunate to work with a beautiful model, Anneliese Aeria, and Michael Thomas provided his talents on hair and makeup. Sara Stoll and Justin Guiou assisted with wrangling everything from lighting to snowflakes. All the help was really appreciated. The shoot would not have been successful without everyone’s skill and efforts.

Finally, in our imaging studio, we worked on the artwork. We created an icy, beautiful winter scene from a rather desolate structure in the middle of nowhere. Anneliese was really the goddess of snow that brought the kiss of winter to our scene. There were many lovely shots to choose from for the animations. We worked from many high res still images to create multipurpose images that accommodate large format prints as well as web animations. Special thanks also to Brian Goosen for helping diligently with the artwork.

It was truly a special project for us… Now we are moving on to spring!