This shoot piece for the fourth season of Ray Donovan presents Ray (Liev Schreiber) as an iconic character in a way in which we haven’t seen him before. Normally stoic, introspective, and never losing his cool, we were challenged with demonstrating ways in which Ray can deal with his emotions given all that has happened leading up to the season four premiere. In the series the family fight club is a central theme, but we’ve never seen Ray take his emotions out on the punching bag before. This felt like a natural way to portray Ray’s emphasis on himself as the series returns.
AUDIO: Loud and intense audio levels at the beginning of the piece inundate us with the voices and demons in Ray’s head, metaphors for the the chaos in his life. Layered over one another and coming from all angles, as the piece continues, we gradually decrease the audio levels of the voices as Ray hits, suggesting Ray's ability to control the chaos in his head. As the sounds from his confession continue, the background noise subsides, indicating that Ray is in control, ending with him saying “Maybe God intends for me to do what I do”.
PHOTOGRAPHY: We specifically had a Director of Photography who has specialized in sports and "Extreme Motion” photography lead this piece. While not a boxing promo, using a DP who specializes in this type of motion photography, who brings an intimate knowledge of the human body and athleticism together was critical for the success of this piece. After 20 minutes of warm-up. Liev, who has some boxing training for an upcoming film, was shot with 3 cameras – one overhead and two handheld. The bag was intentionally lighter than a normal boxing bag allowing us to capture extreme hits that appear to be harder than they are. Shot in 4K to preserve the ability to blow-up the images, 120 frames per second, with a 45-degree shutter angle, all contributed to a variety of images that manifested into this powerful piece promoting season four.
A look into the soul of fixer, fighter, and family man Ray Donovan as he struggles to maintain his trademark cool and calm demeanor while controlling the chaos in his life, be it personal, professional or spiritual, as he reflects on his path in life. Don't miss the premiere of Ray Donovan Season 4 Sunday June 26th at 9 PM ET/PT. Starring Liev Schreiber.
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