December 29, 2010

Photographer William Hereford asked Emily Miller Productions to throw a dinner party à la advertising shoot for cookware authority Anolon. With a menu and merrymaking in mind, we cast a tableful of models and an up-and-coming chef who was handy with a knife and knew how to pan sear a duck breast (or 40). Making way for commercial and documentary crews from New York and San Francisco, EMP worked with location experts at BirdMan to scout and secure a spacious mid-century home in Mill Valley, California. With three styling teams for food, wardrobe and props, we needed two floors for all of our ingredients. On set, Hereford required an open floor plan to choreograph the cooking and talent — between two crews, four burners and an inventory of pots and pans. And of course we needed a deck, patio and garden for our own feasts. No sweat, EMP produced the culinary odyssey during a record-setting heat wave in a houseful of good company, food and cheer!

Photographer: William Hereford
Client: Meyer Corporation
Project: Anolon
Agency: The On3 Group
Documentary: Leonard Nelson
Print: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ and Food & Wine