On Set Tyga’s, Throw It Up

A week ago we had the opportunity to work alongside one of our good friends, director, Krista Liney, on Tyga’s music video for Throw It Up. The shoot took place in a dark and scary (and smelly) basement in Downtown LA. Rumors on set were that it was an old slaughterhouse. Yay, just where the vegetarian wants to hang out! It was the type of place where you didn’t want to walk down any hallways alone – just incase. There was a large hole in one wall that led into darkness and scrawled on the wall: free candy. Yikes. Even though the vibe was unnerving and the stench felt like it was eating through my flesh, it truly was the perfect setting for vampire mayhem, blood, guts, and gore. Things got really gory when Tyga pulls off the hand of the head rival and blood sprays everywhere. The poor girl sitting on the right of the head rival looked like Carrie after the take. She had blood everywhere, even in her eyeballs; I must say it made for some interesting portraits.

Check out my set photographs and portraits from the day -plus- our behind the scenes video -AND- the official video for Throw It Up. I shot all the stills while Kevin shot B-Unit Camera for the official video (I should add, the B-unit secretly operated as the G-unit with the addition of Karla Braun and Armon Vahidi of course). Our homie Ron Ilano aka DJ Eyeronik shot the dope bts video.

And if that’s not enough, Rolling Stone even posted a story with my photos!

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Since the video took place at night, call time was at 3:30 in the afternoon. This meant we shot until just after 4am. After packing our gear, having a slice of pizza, saying our goodbyes, and driving to San Diego, we managed to land in bed right around 6 o’clock Monday morning..just before the sun could creep into our vamp-tired eyes.

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