Man finds the true meaning of ‘gold rush’ when he discovers Cactus Cooler in the wild.
Director RICKETT & SONES
Producer NICHOLAS DESANTIS
Director of Photography DOUG EMMETT
Camera Assistant SELINA RUTHE
Grip ERIC SANCHEZ
Editing & Visual Effects RYAN RICKETT
Telecine NICK HASSON
Sound Producer DAN SNOW & ANARCHY POST
Sound Mixer KYLE LANE
Costume Designer SARAH YELLIN
Horse Wrangler JOSHUA WATSON
Cowboy TYLER HAINES
One of our current career highlights was shooting a book for Tim & Eric. A whole book! We’re practically best selling authors now! Shooting with T&E is always awesome, they are truly geniuses and it is an honor to work with them. We basically get paid to laugh all day and then we get to brag about it later, to the three people who look at our blog.
Pontiac came back from the dead and hired us to make a commercial for the 1980 Firebird Trans Am. With the help of some very talented people we were able to make this ridiculous passion project become a reality.
Director RICKETT & SONES
Producer NICHOLAS DESANTIS
Director of Photography TODD BELL
Makeup VERONICA CHANEL
Wardrobe SONIA RICKETT
Post Producer BRIAN WENDEL
Editing, Color and Visual Effects RYAN RICKETT
Sound Designer CJ CARPENTER
Sound Mixer DAVID BALL
Special Thanks to JULISSA ONATE, SHANE RICHARDSON, GHOSTLIGHT and WILD WOODS
Sonia and I directed a music video for Shepard Fairey’s new music project NØISE (his collaboration with Merritt Lear, Joe Cassidy and John Goff).
Shot on location at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood, CA, in collaboration with Anthem Films, DP Bryant Jansen, stylist Anna Su, hair and makeup by Morgan Silva, and producers Nicholas Desantis and Derek Dale.
Boom Bip asked us to make a music video promoting his album Zig Zaj. We had a really cool idea that fell through at the last minute. What do you do when that happens? Well of course you call special lighting effects guru Joey Jensen to come to your back yard and bring a smoke machine, a projector, and a bunch of circus lights. Then you drink Tecate and proceed to get as weird and carried away as possible. Good times!
Neil Strauss is a renaissance man. I first met Neil back when he was living The Game, way before the term “pickup artist” became a cultural meme. I went to more than a few parties at the Hollywood Hills house where a lot of that story went down. We became friends back then and we have both evolved to become artists a lot different than those kids who partied together in Hollywood.
As the years went on we lost contact but as fate would have it we both ended up living on the same street in Malibu (he moved there, I moved there, we literally ran into each other on the beach one day). It was a very surreal and magical time for me and Sones, and getting back in touch with Neil was part of that magic. He is a very inspiring person and we are grateful to know him. He is literally the most driven artist I have ever known, his control over his own reality is astounding.
In his new book The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Neil exposes himself and the transformation he went through in order to save his relationship with Ingrid, his wife. Sonia and I were there for a lot of that. In just the same way that I was orbiting Neil’s life during The Game, Sonia and I were orbiting Neil’s universe during The Truth as well.
It is with great pride that I get to share these images we shot of our friend Neil Strauss, to promote his new book. I have always looked up to Neil and his self-mastery, and I have been bugging him for a long time about shooting a portrait. The right moment finally came and we were able to make some magic together.
We spent a week in New York directing a couple of Perrier spots for their new campaign “District Perrier.” It was a lot of work and great fun. Our amazing team helped us pull off something magical. Special thanks to A76 Productions, 11st Workshop and Ogilvy!
Sets being made at 11st Workshop
Sones checking out the goods ‘Singing in the Rain’ Foggy Manhattan Skyline
SHOOT DAY 1 - Loading in at Cinema World (Brooklyn) Sones going over the storyboards with the amazing AD Shad Melvin
Sets going up! Lighting up the parlor set
Shad helping our hand model balance for the first shot of the day Shooting inserts on the bar Setting up for the first establishing shot of the parlor (Red Dragon on the dolly) SHOOT DAY 2
Rickett & Sones sit in their custom made director chairs Sones and producer Colleen Miller hanging out in the back alleyDP Jeffrey Kim patiently waits for Rickett to stop taking iPhone photos Colleen and Sones calling the shots Actors Hope Watson and Daniel Reece waiting for their first shot Sones in quiet contemplation Art Director Matthew Soltesz and the Sones Hope getting her hair did by Damian Monzillo, Misuzu Miyake setting up for makeup Ogilvy creatives Robert Balog and Jeff Leaf checking out the goods Directors Gone Wild (photo courtesy of Robert Balog) Sones giving direction to the hilarious actor Richard Saudek (the Mime) Jeffrey Kim still waiting for Rickett to get his shit together Actors patiently waiting for the shot (it’s been a looooong day) The beautiful Hope Watson getting in character for Colleen & Sones Sones aka “Ivy Wrangler”Sones, Colleen and Rickett, wrapped and maybe a little bit frazzled (hence Rickett’s hair)
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim editorial for Oyster magazine, shot by us.
Tim and Eric are very particular about everything they do, so we wanted to honor Eric’s idea of shooting this editorial with a “disposable camera look.” Their “daughters” had no idea what was happening, but they played along and did an amazing job.
We were a little chagrined when we arrived in Tulum and our old favorite restaurant Casa Banana, which was authentic and quaint when we last visited, had turned into a full-on New York club scene with fashionistas and pop music blasting. We heard that the secret was out but we never imagined this would happen!
But, we quickly learned how to avoid the Tulum hipster scene and find the same magical experience we had the first time around.
Magical indeed. We found new ruins, new cenotes, and new restaurants, but those same old Caribbean vibes still abound. And that water, don’t get us started on that water…
We had the pleasure of shooting LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2014 issue. We spent the better part of two months producing 7 shoots depicting our own version of the rapture in LA. Thanks to all those who collaborated!
We had a great time shooting Mike “Mouse” McCoy for Worth Magazine this summer. Mouse is definitely one of the most interesting people we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Many thanks to Bandito Bros and Worth Magazine.