It’s hard to believe that this competition is finally coming to an end. It’s a little bittersweet for me. I’ve had such a great experience, but I’ve spent way too much time on it. I know my husband is glad it’s over! And this blog will return to its originally intended function: showcasing sims and stories. Also, it’s wrapping up just in time for the release of the next Sims 3 expansion pack, Ambitions. I really want to just spend some time enjoying the new expansion when it comes out.
The final challenge for Strike a Pose (Cycle 3) was definitely a tough one. Judging from the talk on the forum, we all struggled with it to a degree. I had the hardest time with Part 1, the car ad. I’m just not that into cars, personally, and had a hard time coming up with anything creative to do. My first idea, which I scrapped during staging, was to have a scene in Al Simhara, with the pyramids in the background. Meg would be dressed as an adventurer, posing by a jeep (all I could find was a HumVee though), and at a short distance behind her would be a mummy with his old jalopy stuck in the sand. The slogan would have been something touting the vehicle’s 4-wheel drive. Here’s an early shot:
Had I worked more on it, I probably would have gone for a night-time shot, and I would have tried getting the mummy to kick a gnome and then moving him over to the car so that it would look like he was kicking the car. I liked the humor of the concept, but I rejected it because I thought Meg would look a little too pedestrian, and by then I had some other ideas I thought were stronger.
The other idea I had that I scrapped was to take photos of Meg and a Mercedes-Benz inside the Louvre museum as part of a “car as art” campaign. I did ultimately use the Louvre and art campaign, but I did an exterior shoot instead of an interior shoot. Below is a test shot from the interior:
I loved Meg’s outfit for this scenario; she had a bit of a Audrey Hepburn look, I thought, but I was frustrated with how the shots were looking. Something about the scene just wasn’t working for me. I kept trying to reconfigure the location of the various art, but no matter what I did, it just wasn’t coming together, so I pulled the plug on it.
I was far more certain of what I was going to do with the runway and associated shots for part 2, but the wardrobe was a big issue for me. The first outfit I came up with reminded me really strongly of Seth Aaron from Project Runway. I just loved him as a designer, and I kept him as a reference in my final shots even though I didn’t go with the original outfit. I think he could have designed any of the outfits I chose though – he had the ability to go from wild to glam, I thought. Here’s a shot of Meg in the original outfit:
I really did love this outfit, especially the shoes, but I was worried that it wasn’t “formal” enough, as our instructions had been to design a formal outfit, and I also was concerned about all the black and white with the black and white runway background. I decided to try some other outfits and take more test shots, and when I saw the shots of Meg in the dress I finally selected, I just thought she looked way too gorgeous in it and thus would produce a much stronger picture, so I left this outfit behind.
Here are some additional shots and outtakes from this challenge:
Just a quick note to let anyone wondering about the outcome know that I won! The SAP web site hasn’t been updated, so if you weren’t following the contest on the forums, you’d have no idea. Anyway, I was very excited and pleased to win, and I already miss participating in the challenges each week. I can’t wait to see what the contestants will do in the next cycle. I might play along if I find myself with spare time. 😛