John Obi Mikel of Chelsea FC & Nigeria
One Tuesday afternoon I get a phone call from Hannah at High Life Productions (our production partners) asking if we're available to do a shoot the following day. Of course we are. Who is it, where, and what's the brief? It's a Chelsea footballer. Where is undecided and the brief is on its way. Okay we usually have a little bit more to work with but those were the conditions and we'd deal with it. We booked the large cove in The Worx Studios as we expected the footballer in question to be volleying some balls over our heads and showing of his range of nifty ball skills. As it happens we only needed to shoot him from the waist up in his kit, but hey whatcha gonna do. The footballer in question turned out to be John Obi Mikel and he would be promoting an energy drink (Bullet) that would be shown on billboards in his home country Nigeria.
John and his crew arrived (a little late) and thought that they would be in and out in 20 minutes. We said it would be nearer 3 hours. Cue Mexican-standoff (I exaggerate of course). No, we happily agreed a compromise and shook on it. I have to say he was the perfect gent and model throughout and was quite the joker which I would never have guessed from his demeanour when he plays football. I guess that's what you look like when you have to play for Jose Mourinho!
Here's the first test shot before he went into wardrobe and make-up. We'll be posting some of the billboards shot at a later time, subject to clearance.
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