Photo Number 6

All of us at Mezzanine Films are proud to have completed production on this ten part television series which went to air on Channel Ten this year.

Photo Number 6 is a reality program combining the adventure of travel with the joy of photography. Host Alan Fletcher explores the world looking for that elusive photographic image that totally encapsulates the emotion, geography and human connections he makes.

Scope: TV series
Client:
Really Epic Dog
Project Date:
2017
Host:
Alan Fletcher
Director: Stig Wemyss
Producer: Lee Robinson
DOP: Anthony Littlechild
Sound: John Servedio

Iceland

We spent a week in this incredible country shooting 16 hours a day in ice, snow, howling winds and below zero temperatures with little sleep and nothing but roadhouse hot dogs for sustenance. To quote Maxwell Smart…”And, loving it.”

UK – Part 1

From a grumpy old Scotsmen chasing us out of his Castle to a backstage interview with the most uncanny Beatles look-a-like band you can imagine, the UK episode was every baby-boomers dream week. Even though we could barely understand a word anyone said.

UK – Part 2

When you’re shooting in a city so full of iconic images and destinations, you have to keep pinching yourself. From the top of the Shard to a speed boat ride along the Thames, every day was full of ‘wow’ moments. The day we left London, the Drone operator leaned over to me and said “Did that really happen?” So I pinched him.

France

Have you ever wondered why the city of Paris is known as the city of love. Well, the city of Paris is laced with restaurants where all the chairs face the street because the city of Paris says, don’t look at each other, you can look at each other when you’re in Prague. look at me, I’m gorgeous. I’m the city of Paris! And it says all of this with a sexy French accent. You can’t help but fall in love with it.

Victoria

Travelling the world, photographing iconic locations and arguing with a mate about which one is the best, is a dream job. So why spoil the formula by doing an episode in Australia. The truth is, once we looked at our own backyard through the lens of a camera, it opened up a world of beauty that we had taken for granted. From the magnificence of the great ocean road to dizzy heights of the MCG light tower, Victoria is a stand-out Episode.

USA – Part 1

When we were deciding the episode list for season one of photo number 6, America was top of mind. The trouble is, with 52 states all packed with iconic photograph opportunities, where do you start? In the end, fate decided for us. The publicity department at Channel Ten offered Fletch a cameo in the long-running daytime soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful,  so Photo Number 6 became Frankie, and we went to Hollywood….and Joshua Tree National Park….and Las Vegas.

USA – Part 2

A road trip from LA to Vegas is one thing but we wanted to get to know the real America and the real Americans. So we went to meet the salt-of-the-earth folk of the mid-west state of Utah. With a good old-fashioned rodeo, a tour of the famous ski fields in Park City, a chance to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sunrise at magnificent Monument Valley when it’s carpeted with snow, we hit the P6 sweet spot.

Morocco

Fletch had been to Morocco before so he had an idea of what to expect, but for Stig and the crew, it was an overwhelming feast for the senses. From the breathtaking scenery of the Atlas Mountains to the colour and movement of the Marrakesh medina’s and the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a photographer’s paradise. Kind of like Iceland except really hot….and no ice…or snow…or glaciers….in fact nothing like Iceland. The opposite really.

Southern Africa

When we decided to photograph wildlife in the African savannah, Stig bought a safari suit. On the day, we refused to let him wear it because, well, to be honest, he looked like a bit of a tool. Which is why, when Fletch is photographing the near-extinct black rhinoceros, Stig is wearing a Bold And Beautiful T-shirt.  However, it doesn’t explain why he is wearing a hair net in the magnificent sand dunes of the Nambib Desert. Apart form the fact that he’s a bit of a tool.

Highlights

In visiting so many wonderful locations in such diverse countries, it was hard not too shoot everything. Consequently, we found ourselves with a backlog of brilliant highlights that never made it in to the original episodes. From Iceland, The UK, The USA, Paris and Namibia, this is the unseen, best bits of the best bits. A recap of season one and springboard into the adventures that lie ahead in season two.