#DopeArtist – Theivez
Video by Ricky Collier
Theivez is an up-and-coming Videographer and Photographer from Brisbane, Australia. Still relatively young but with a tonne of experience and work under his belt, we caught up with him briefly during his current trip through Japan to talk about his humble beginnings, current work and future endeavours.
What got you into photography and video production?
I originally was really into Call of Duty and I became well known in the gaming community producing YouTube content. New trends [at the time] were coming in and Call of Duty players began editing stock footage that skate filmers would upload onto these platforms where we could download it and re-upload with our own style of edit. So I gave this a go and after my first edit I was addicted to it. I was really bad at the time but people commenting like “this is sick” and “love it bro” gave me motivation to keep at it. This slowly led to me wanting to be the person filming this stock footage so I decided to save up for my first DSLR and that’s how it all started.
What was your first camera and what do you use now?
My first Camera was the Canon 60D and the sales man at the store was trying to sell me a 50mm lens but I said no. As all I wanted was the biggest looking lens in the shop so I picked up the 55-250mm and that was the worse decision I made haha. If I wanted to take a family photo I would literally have to stand 20-40 metres away due to the 1.6 crop on the 60D.
Any lens of choice?
My Sigma 24mm Art is definitely my favourite lens. The image quality is incredible!
What else can’t you leave home without when heading to a shoot?
My phone. This is literally my life, I handle everything with this.
Who would you say are your inspirations?
Fortafy, Taku Beats and Mark Toia would definitely be my biggest inspirations. The hustle these guys are on is another level. I owe a lot to Fortafy being my biggest mentor, he taught me everything about business and the importance of social media.
How would you describe your work and your style?
My work is always evolving and changing. I’ve always had trouble trying to find my own style and I’ve found myself always in debate. So now a lot of my work is purely based off what mood I’m in.
Which photographers do you follow closely? Any friendly rivalry with others?
I try not to [compete with others], as I like to look at the bigger picture and my goals are to chase down the big dogs rather than focus on trying to better one another.
What’s your proudest moment or what piece of work are you most proud of?
One of my proudest moments would have to be my most recent work. I was contacted by Fuji Film and given the role of Director of Photography. We smashed through the shoot in about a day and then I had a quick turn around on the edit as it was needed for trade shows all around Australia. Another proud moment was when I was contacted via Instagram by Street Dreams Magazine! Being featured in Issue 4 of Street Dreams Magazine was a massive goal for me and to tick it off only months into photography? I couldn’t believe it. From what I know there is only two others from Australia/New Zealand in the magazine.
You’re originally from NZ and recently took a trip back there, how was the visit?
Heading back home was amazing and being able to share it with some one special to me was awesome! The bottom end of the South Island has been on my to-do list ever since I saw a photo from the top of Mount Roy. I can now say I have climbed to the top of Mount Roy and I would do it again in a heart beat. The view is worth the 4-hour climb.
You’ve shot a bunch of killer videos also, any more videos coming up?
Thank you! I have a couple personal projects coming up including a story about urban exploration and I’m also in pre-production for a shoot with I Love Ugly. I’m hoping to make this my best piece of work as I want to enter it into the Australian Fashion film awards.
What’s in the future, any travel plans or big events coming up?
I’m actually in Japan right now for a few weeks shooting a campaign or two and exploring and then straight after will hopefully be Germany. I’ve been offered a massive opportunity by a production company over there who have shot for clients as big as Nike, Mercedes, Porsche etc. So to me this is something I want to put all my energy towards and get over there as soon as possible.
Also next February I’ll be in the USA for the first time ever on an international tour with my good bro William Singe, travelling through multiple states and performing in 14 different cities, It is going to be hectic looking after the tour and the media but I’m thrilled and can’t wait to board my flight to LA to be apart of this experience.