This year's Toronto International Film Festival happened from Sept 7-17 2023 and I had the great privilege to be involved in the excitement. My designs were spotted as backdrops in some amazing celebrity portraits shot by photographer Chris Chapman of @ccphotophoto at the Deadline Hollywood Studio in Toronto, and here are just a few of my favourites. You can find many more over on my Instagram by checking out my TIFF Highlights or scrolling back to my early September posts! Although my designs added colour to some of the portraits, I think it really was Chris' eye that made them stunning!
All photos are copyright ©Chris Chapman and used with permission.
Here are more fantastic celebrity portraits from the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) by photographer Chris Chapman, shot at the Deadline Studio. Here is actor Jonathan Majors with my “Yvette” retro design in the background! Read on for more about these pics from Chris as posted on Instagram by him @ccphotophoto …
• @ccphotophoto Revisiting some more portraits from my time at #tiff22 for @deadline I thought it was a good time to post about #JonathanMajors who is most definitely having a moment right now ! He first popped onto my radar as the star of the innovative and critically acclaimed period horror series #LovecraftCountry that revisited the occult themes of the notoriously racist author #HPLovecraft with the struggle for civil rights in the Jim Crow south and the spectre of white supremacy. But since then it’s been an incredibly impressive roll out of high profile projects like #Creed3 #AntmanQuantumania and #Devotion for which he was in town to promote with fellow costars @joejonas and @glenpowell. He’s a Yale drama grad with a body of death … a little intimidating from afar but once I actually had him in front of the camera he was so personable and full of spontaneity and fun….no direction necessary …which is always a photographers dream. Interestingly ( and probably wisely ) he has stayed away from all social media platforms ( no IG no Twitter no nothin) which makes me respect the man even more . I also took the opportunity to use another fantastic print design backdrop by one of my OG art class besties #JackieTahara .. check out her insta and incredible portfolio at @unblinkstudio and once you find something you like , have the folks at @spoonflower print it up as wallpaper, fabric or canvas …tons of ways to support an indie artists and designers by using their art in your home . Many thanks to all my crew who helped with these shots @tesslastuckey @sumisiddiqa @yoannerkins @eeeddyk #tifftuesday #deadlineportraitstudioattiff #deadlinehollywood
Make sure to see more of Chris Chapman's photographs at his Instagram @ccphotophoto!
UnBlink Studio Spotted At This Year's Toronto International Film Festival (Again)! This Time It's With Iconic Tilda Swinton!
Very honoured to see one of my designs in this absolutely gorgeous portrait of the iconic actor Tilda Swinton shot by photographer Chris Chapman in the Deadline Studio at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival 2022!
I invite you to check out my Instagram Post to read more about this collaboration in Chris' own words!
Here is a portrait of Kenny G shot by amazing photographer Chris Chapman at the Deadline Studio at last years TIFF 2021 with my “Folk Flutter” design in the background (printed by Spoonflower)! Read on for what Chris says about this collaboration (as quoted from his Jan 25 2022 Instagram Post @ccphotophoto)...
With THANKS to Chris Chapman Photography and Spoonflower for the rush printing!
If you love this design, check it out in my Spoonflower Shop HERE.
Photographer Chris Chapman says: "Here’s an unpublished portrait I shot of #smoothjazz phenomenon @kennyg at the @deadline studio during last year’s tiff. Love him or hate him , the man is a bonafide success story…one of his albums is the highest selling instrumental album of all time , and his total worldwide sales are 75 million and rising ….a remarkable accomplishment for an instrumentalist. He was in town to promote the @hbomax documentary #listeningtokennyg from director #PennyLane. From Wikipedia :
“In 2021, HBO Max started streaming director Penny Lane's documentary Listening to Kenny G, with the subject of the film not having had any control over its content. Lane stated she chose Kenny Gorelick as her subject because he is "a musician who is objectively popular, by way of record sales, but is also hated by the 'critical class'."Richard Brody, in a New Yorker report, cited Kenny G in the film responding "cheerful[ly]" to a question about what he loves about music, with, "I don’t know if I love music that much," and continuing, "when I listen to music, I think about the musicians and I just think about what it takes to make that music and how much they had to practice."
I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet , but it’s def on my list for 2022. Either way , the man himself was extremely cordial and a pleasure to meet and photograph . He expressed to me how much he personally liked this shot , which is something you always hope to hear from your subject . No doubt , the whimsical background with its rich colors and graphic style ( from the super talented Jackie Tahara’s @unblinkstudio and her production collaborator @spoonflower ) are what makes this pic so special …i felt like it was a good fit, evoking a kind of musical playfulness, and made his electric blue suit pop . Shout out to @klaus_on_king for lending me the stool Mr.Gorelick is perched on. #tiff21 #deadlinehollywood #kennyg #hbomax #unblinkstudio #spoonflower #klausonking #tifftuesday ©️Chris Chapman"
**Photo courtesy of Chris Chapman Photography and @deadline.
UnBlink Studio goes Hollywood! That’s my “Eucalyptus” design behind actress Alison Pill at this year's TIFF held in Toronto, Canada from September 9 to 18 2021!
Photos coursesy of: Chris Chapman. Shot at: Deadline Portrait Studio, Toronto.
Special thanks to: Spoonflower for the rush printing! Thank you!
Chair courtesy of: Buro Klaus.
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio