Photographer/Director Sam Jones' New Project: Off Camera

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New multi-channel platform features long-form conversations with diverse talent.


Sam Jones’ career as a celebrity photographer and award-winning film and music video director has put him in the room with some of the most captivating and creative people of our time. His work has led him to fascinating conversations between takes, which birthed his new project, Off Camera. This new platform, which is simultaneously a documentary/magazine/podcast, features in-depth conversations with some of today’s most interesting actors, directors, artists, musicians, and athletes – anyone whose creative process inspires him.

“I’ve always loved magazines and the idea of getting a new issue with a long profile on someone you admire…one that feels like you’re being let in on a real conversation, like the Rolling Stone Interview of the 70s,” says Jones. “There are less of those around these days and fewer channels to support them. I sensed a comfort level and a mutual respect in the interviews I liked best, even when they got a bit adversarial. It’s a chance for an artist to open up and talk about what they find interesting or maybe elicit something they hadn’t thought of before.” Or, as interview subject Robert Downey Jr. puts it, “We’re not selling soap here.”

Subjects, whose talents and interests often span multiple fields, offer honest and thoughtful commentary about their artistic process, their creative choices, their influences, and naturally, some great stories. John Krasinski talks about leaving The Office for the unknown; Aimee Mann, whose career was defined by her battles with her record label, discusses what happens when you no longer need a label; and pro skateboard legend Tony Hawk explains why he still skates despite the physical risks. What is personally intriguing for Jones becomes just as compelling for the viewer.

Episodes are available as video documentaries, online magazine articles and podcasts. “I wanted to make Off Camera very portable,” says Jones. “We’re all busy, so it needs to be accessible in whatever way people want to experience it- they can read it, watch it, or listen to it. We also are publishing a limited print edition that I am really excited about.”

Off Camera launches on April 24th, with new episodes added regularly. Artists profiled so far include John Krasinski, Aimee Mann, Tony Hawk, Blake Mills, and Robert Downey Jr.

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