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#SECRETPROJECT REVEALED

Gary Krumbert. Photo by James Yang with HMUA by Yolanda Bartram.

Gary Krumbert. Photo by James Yang with HMUA by Yolanda Bartram.

Hello Lovelies! 

Sorry - I know, I know... I'm late to the game again when it comes to my blogs. I admit it. It's just difficult trying to find the time to fit it in!

SO... something exciting that happened exactly a week ago is my #SECRETPROJECT Reveal Video launched! Yippie! 

THANK YOU to everyone who has shared, liked and commented on it, whether on social media or on the YouTube video itself. 

Haven't seen it? Why, let me take the hassle out of consulting the Google machine by popping the video in below.

The reveal of the #SECRETPROJECT - A collaborative effort between Performing Artist/Curator/Director Nat Hugill, Videographer/Photographer James Yang and Make-up/SFX/Body Painter Yolanda Bartram of BodyFX. MUSIC: Taylor Swift's - "Ready for it". Note that we do not own this song. All rights and copyrights are of that of the artist.
Spanish Half & Half. Photo by James Yang with MUA & Body Paint by Yolanda Bartram of BodyFX.

Spanish Half & Half. Photo by James Yang with MUA & Body Paint by Yolanda Bartram of BodyFX.

As the caption of the video describes, this was a collaborative effort between myself, Videographer/Photographer James Yang and HMUA/SFX/Body Painter Yolanda Bartram of BodyFX

Be sure to give a like or a comment if you enjoy it! 

What I thought may be fun and informative was to give you a bit of insight as to how this came about and what actually happened on the day. 

  • If you haven't had a lookie though my Youtube Channel, I have a video on there from about 5 years ago now that was another collaborative effort called 'Let's Make a Date - Middle Earth Edition' I collaborated with Jocelen Janon, Yolanda Bartram of BodyFX, Brian Lowe and Samuel Wheeler of Nocturnal 3D to make it happen. It was super fun to make and I decided it had been a long time overdue, so I'd better get my A into G and make another one! But, what to do?
  • I know my strengths lie in inhabiting various characters, so I knew that would be an integral part of it. But I was unsure what to actually make. In 2013, when I was bored at home one day, I decided to do a video which mashed up a bunch of my characters into one video, and what linked them was a song. The song was Britney Spears 'Work B*tch'. Here's the video if you'd like to have a gander. I always felt like it had so much potential, but only having two lamps as my fill lights and using my phone as a camera, it wasn't exactly up to a professional standard (but fun none-the-less). 
  • So.. then it dawned on me. Why not do a newer version of the character mash-up to a different song, incorporating a few new looks and having the song as a running narrative? I had the idea on the back burner for a while, and it wasn't until I listened to Taylor Swift's 'Ready for It' the "EUREKA!" moment happened. It was then when I heard the song that it spured me into action of making it a reality.
  • I'm a very visual person and knew the exact aesthetic and style I wanted the video to be shot in (which is what you see in the video) basically very Terry Richardson/Helmut Newtonesque with a plain white background so the characters/looks were the main focus. 
  • Having worked with James Yang before, I knew his style and I knew he could pull this off as his work is exemplary. Having also worked with Yolanda many times before, I knew I could trust her to deliver on the looks front, she's a wizard I swear! 
  • I pitched my idea to them and they were both on board. YAY! Now to the hard part.. what looks, what characters? How do they interact?
  • When choosing looks and characters, I wanted relationships to be established, contrasts in personalities to be defined and for the looks/characters to actually relate to the song I'm lip-syncing to. Basically, everything had to work together to create a cohesive whole. 
  • After much brainstorming, reading song analysis' of 'Ready for It" I came up with the following: Bowie style look who plays it cool (think Bowie circa 1970's Diamond Dogs era) who works against my persona Lilly Loca. Lilly sings the lyrics about a man who is a bit of a heart breaker and plays it cool, and Bowie is that person. Then there's Penny Royalty (the bio queen character - watch this space, I have plans for her!) and my well established character Gary Krumbert. Gary is the dweeby, dorky, geeky and endearing fellow, who provides a nice contract to Bowie (who is everything Gary isn't). Penny Royalty - in simple terms - is a psychotic Stepford Wife style character who becomes obsessed (and perhaps a bit too openly aroused) by Gary. As the video progresses, you see Penny getting more and more crazed, frustrated and tense with Gary being pretty blinded by it all until the end. Poor Gary. The final look is the half and half Spanish look. Each "half" plays off each other; the over-confident, brave and boisterous matador with the infatuated and love struck senorita. 
  • I styled each look - with help from Dolly DeStory who provided the green dress you see Penny Royalty wearing as well as Kita Mean who provided her wig. 
  • On the day, we shot at Kingsize Studios and shot all 5 looks one after the other. First we started with Bowie, then Gary, moved to Lilly, breaked for lunch, moved to Penny and then finally did the half and half look. We did have one more look we were going for - but we ran out of time - which was a full body glitter look using BodyFX's Bio Glitter.
  • With each look/character, we'd shoot the video first, then photos. Make-up took usually half an hour between looks and then we'd be straight back in front of the camera again - no rest for the wicked! 

I hope that's been an insightful wee look into the shoot! Plus, I hope you've enjoyed the photos! 

To finish, here's one last one of Penny Royalty and the Spanish Half & Half look we haven't released yet and some other wonderful photos from the release.

Love, 

Lilly x

Penny Royalty (with photo of Gary Krumbert taken by Brian Lowe). Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Penny Royalty (with photo of Gary Krumbert taken by Brian Lowe). Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Spanish Half & Half. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Spanish Half & Half. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Lilly Loca. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Lilly Loca. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

BOWIE. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

BOWIE. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Penny Royalty. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Penny Royalty. Photo by James Yang with MUA by Yolanda Bartram. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 Launch

Hello Everyone! 

I am so sorry I have been so busy the past month, it's actually been insane. I've had prolonged glitter crash since Press Play finished (that's coming up as my next blog post - it was buck wild!) and I'm just starting to find my feet again. Self care, etc...

The purpose of this blog is to let you in on the amazing experience I had presenting the worlds first five second launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S9. It all happened so quickly - I literally got a call from my agent the Wednesday before asking if I was keen and available for an MC/presenting job, did a quick audition tape and BOOM - got the casting all within about 24 hours. Then that Friday and Saturday I spent filming and taking photos with the A team Yolanda Bartram, James Yang and Vola Tile for my #secretproject (which I will also be updating you about in another blog post) and then Sunday I had to go to a meeting with the producers and get wardrobe sorted, all the while trying to learn a script off by heart. 

Monday I had another wardrobe fitting and then Tuesday I was at the set (which was The Cloud) working with the amazing cast and crew on the event, plus rehearing. Honestly, the amount of work that went into this launch was incredible. Let me break it down for you...

  • We had 5 installations set up. 
  • The purpose of each installation was to showcase a particular feature of the S9.
  • The giant martini glass showcased the waterproof shell of the S9
  • The jelly's and icing sugar (which I was physically involved in) helped to showcase the quality of the slow-motion camera (which shoots at 960 FPS) and it's outstanding low light features thanks to the dual aperture camera lens. 
  • The presentation of the S9 showcased its slim-line design, infinity screen
  • The entertainment station of dancers from ID Dance Crew showcased the amazing slow-motion quality of the S9. 
  • Lastly, the final station was of cameras pointed to the audience, so we could capture their reactions of the event.
  • Each installation had 5 S9's rigged around them so that they could capture everything that happened in each station, as well as the crowd, for the launch event. So 25 S9's in total.
  • Each station was timed to work in perfect syncronicity with the S9's, music, etc.
  • A technical crew of over 30 people worked on this to make it all happen.
  • The footage you see in the videos below was all taken at the launch. 
  • My role was to welcome everyone, inform them about the features, be a part of one of the installations (see if you can spot me!) and explain what they'd just witnessed. Also to fill time while the crew rendered and collated all of the footage off the S9's.

So rather than me tell you more about it - watch the below videos. 

This first video shows you the launch and then the video that was shown in real time to everyone at the event.

This second film is a behind the scenes look which features yours truly and Director James Solomon from Flying Fish Films. 

Amazing, huh? 

I'm so happy and blessed I got to be a part of something so awesome. Thank you to my agents Human Agency as well as Flying Fish and Colenzo BBDO for having me on board and trusting in my ablities to help make this such a success.

ALSO, NEWS: I've decided I'm going to have a website dedicated to acting and presenting, as it doesn't really link well with my burlesque stuff. Stay tuned as I'll be launching it in the next month. 

Next up on the blog - Press Play 2018.

Marilyn and a Tease!

Hello and welcome!

Photo by Froger

Photo by Froger

I'm sitting here on a Wednesday night working on my secret project and then realised, holy cripes! It's blog day tomorrow! So, I thought I'd share with you some photos that have been released by Froger from a shoot we did on Saturday and our inspiration behind them, plus let you in on a teaser as to what my secret project is! 

First, the TEASE!

The last video style collaborative project I did was way back in 2012. I had an idea to create a Middle Earth inspired dating game show. The main aim was to all come together to showcase our various skills. I collaborated with Samuel Wheeler from Nocturnal 3D who edited it and did the animation, Brian Lowe on videography, Jocelen Janon on still shots, Yolanda Bartram from BodyFX on makeup/SFX and myself as the actress/script writer and concept creator. If your a LOTR or a Hobbit fan, give it a watch below! 

Fun fact: This video below can be made into a live, on-stage act too! 

Then, wayyyyyy back in 2013 one day when I was bored at home, I decided to do an at home character mashup lip sync using Britney Spears 'Work B*tch!' song. (you'll see why these two are linked soon, I promise). I apologize for the appalling lighting - but ya make do with what you've got in the moment (i.e. two desk lamps, haha).  Have a watch below - you may find a couple of favorites! #garyforpresident

So... whats the connection? 

Well, dear reader.. I'm collaborating with the wonderful videographer and photographer James Yang as well as the incredible Yolanda Bartram from BodyFX to make a video and photographic eleganza extravaganza (as RuPaul would say). I can't reveal too much yet, but there will be 6 looks & characters, a full 8 hours of shooting in a studio and a song will be involved.. 

If you want to see sneak peeks of our shoot day, we're shooting on Sat 10th March (this Saturday!) so stay tuned to my social media handles as I'll be posting sneaky peeks in the Instagram and Facebook Stories (if you don't follow my handles yet, click here for Instagram and here for my Facebook page).

All will be revealed soon.. 

Marilyn, baby...

Photo by Froger

Photo by Froger

It's been forever since I did a shoot - I've been so busy I've hardly had the time spare. But as Froger and I gel so well and due to the fact we literally live 10 mins from each other, we were able to get together and shoot! 

I asked Froger (his first name is Mike) if he could shoot some images of me for the Grand Tease New Zealand poster, which he kindly obliged. But I also had an idea about shooting some Marilyn inspired shots. 

I was particularly interested in Marilyn's casual shots. There's the famous beach cardigan shot which I absolutely love, and then some of her candidly posing in bed while lounging, talking, having a cuppa or reading. Below are a few examples.

Sadly, the weather was too wild for us to go to the beach, but we made do with being inside and we got some wonderful shots. There's still a lot more to come from this series, so stay tuned to my blog, Facebook and Insta when I release some more!

Also, go have a look at Frogers website here!!! He's super wonderful and can't recommend him enough.

Fun fact: This is my dads knitted cardigan. He didn't know I borrowed it.. opps!

Enjoy and don't forget to be watching my Insta and FB stories on Sat!

 

Photo by Froger

Photo by Froger

Photo by Froger

Photo by Froger

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Hehehe - left this "Cheeky" one for last! 

Lilly x

Bambina Burlesque Academy on Newshub!

www.verityjohnson.com

www.verityjohnson.com

I have had the immense pleasure of teaching some amazing, inspiring, talented and down right hilarious ladies since I started Bambina Burlesque Academy in 2014 and the wonderful Verity Johnson is one of them! 

I felt very humbled to hear that she'd informed over 300,000 people on Newshub that learning burlesque through Bambina Burlesque Academy was the highlight of her year. She's completed both my Bambina Bumpers and Grinders courses, as well as done some private tuition with me. Like a lot of my burly babies, I've become firm friends with her, and I've had the utmost pleasure of helping Verity discover her inner burlesque diva. 

To see the post - click the button below. Be sure to read her other blog posts too!

I'll be posting fortnightly on a Thursday morning from early Jan - so keep looking out for my posts m'dears!

Next on the blog (and first for 2018!): The Difference Between Character vs. Persona.

...burlesque has been an amazing source of of adrenaline soaked, sparkly, screamingly funny self confidence. Yes it was the highlight. And yes, 10/10 would do again.
— Verity Johnson - www.verityjohnson.com