In case you missed any of the earlier episodes of the VH1’s The Shot, check out our recaps of episode one, two and three.
The Life’s a Beach and Then You Dive Assignment
After Marie staged a one-woman bleeding heart show over Bree’s departure, the seven remaining contestants headed to Malibu Beach to shoot a women’s volleyball game. The assignment required no directing, just following the action and hoping for a good shot. The ever-content Jason called the shoot his “dream job,” Marie had her third crisis of self this season, and Robin obsessed over how her centuries of live-band coverage would help her cover live-action sports (although she didn’t move once during her shoot, anchoring herself in one spot like a paralyzed groupie at a Sanjaya concert). Meanwhile Piper dove around the sand like a possessed warrior, and Airic focused more on players’ physiques than the plays, saying, “When you’re shooting any female you want to make them look as attractive as possible; you don’t want to shoot a Porsche like a Pinto.”

Russell James’ critique of most of the pictures was that they didn’t scream motion, which was the main goal of the assignment. James also told Airic to focus on the action, not on the “posteriors.” After judging, John and Piper were named team leaders. Piper, who whispers through his camera confessionals like paranoid Blair Witch tapes, divulged that he was thrilled to be at the helm again. And during team drafts, John abandoned Marie, his long-time best friend in the house, in favor of manchild Airic. The lesson learned from the day at the beach? Follow the action and remember to capture a sense of movement.

The Hairy Situation Assigment
For their next task, the photographers had to shoot a hair product campaign, with the aid of two very bouncy models, some trampolines, and a digital multi-camera system to capture a 3-D image of the bounce. The pooled testosterone on John’s team seemed to go to their heads with Airic commenting that the best fashion photographers are men because they tell the story “sexier.” Jason (“I deserve the title ‘idea guy'”) upstaged Piper’s plans with his idea for a “hair dance.” As the shoot went on, Airic took a frat boy’s shot at witty banter with the models (“You guys are beautiful…nice fake eyelashes”) while Jason worried that, “I don’t see our campaign of ‘hair dance’ in this shot.” John’s team styled their campaign on the concept of girls’ night out. To these three that involved lots of jumping and pretty bad hair. Apparently “hair dance” also involves lots of jumping and pretty bad hair. The difference between the two? We’re still not really sure. And we’re still not clear on what “hair dance” means either. But it is fun to say. Hair dance.

Hair-stylist and guest judge Italo Gregorio was in visible pain throughout the photo shoots — despite all the “hair dance” talk, there wasn’t a whole lot of consideration for the hair itself. As a result, the hair wound up out of control and overblown, looking damaged and not “touchable.” The lesson? For a hair product client, you might want to give a little tender loving care to the hair itself. And even when working with 3-D technology, don’t be afraid to mix up the composition with cross-action or subjects out of the frame.
The Final Shot (spoiler alert)
The judges were less than pleased with both hair campaigns. Gregorio said the models’ hair looked like they had been dragged on the floor during the girls’ night out, and James called Piper’s team’s images emotionless, saying the models resembled mannequins. James also noted that John’s team was unable to shoot women in a way that was appealing to women. In the end, Piper and Robin were in the bottom two for their emotionless motion. Piper went home, deciding that the elimination didn’t mean there “was something wrong” with her — and the rest of the house exhaled. Next week the photographers will find images in the midst of a food fight, and get to play Pollack with models as canvases.