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Pop Culture Meets Art: One Actor, Six Iconic Scenes, One Brilliant Shot

By Allen Ho on February 4th 2014


Cinema and art have the ability to transport people into other worlds, allowing us a window into our fantasies and imaginations. “Icons,” showcases a seamless blend of camerawork, lighting and production design to take us through iconic scenes across art, cinema and pop culture in this amazing advert commissioned by The Sunday Times.

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In one continuous shot, using one main actor, an expert steadicam operator and coordinated lighting design with moving set pieces, this expertly crafted advertisement would give Super Bowl ads a run for their money. This wonderful piece takes us from Auguste Bodin’s sculpture, “The Thinker,” to Tom Hanks’ iconic portrayal in “Forrest Gump,” to television’s “Mad Men” and Michaelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” and ending with Tarantino’s “Resevoir Dogs” and recent Grammy winners Daft Punk – all in under a minute.

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If you’re curious to see how they did it, don’t forget to check out this behind the scenes look at their shoot and check out their website.

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Allen E. Ho is a cinematographer and camera operator based out of Echo Park, Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys live music, Texas Bbq and going to the movies on opening day. Follow him on Instagram at: alleneho

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rene Velasquez

    I think you mean Auguste Rodin, not Bodin.
    Otherwise great ad. Great concept. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Stanley Osei

    Fantastic video… and amazing concept!

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  3. fotosiamo

    Just love this!

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  4. Hanssie

    Wow! That was really cool! I love how they mashed it all up so seamlessly!

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