Category: Photoshoot

Gallery: 2021 Events

Friday, May 7, 2021

I also added some photos to an earlier photoshoot that are really great!


Gallery Links:
Photoshoots > Session 79
Public Appearances > 2021 > Feb 28: 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Public Appearances > 2021 > Mar 7: 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards
Public Appearances > 2021 > Apr 22: 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Virtual Show
Public Appearances > 2021 > Apr 25: 93rd Annual Academy Awards


Press/Gallery: Aldis Hodge Is Just Getting Started

Thursday, Apr 1, 2021

The actor’s breakout performance in ‘One Night in Miami…’ is the stuff of legend.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots > Session 85
Magazines Scans > Harper’s Bazaar – March 2021

HARPER’S BAZAAR: For his first-ever on-camera role, Aldis Hodge says he wasn’t exactly motivated by the pursuit of artistic excellence. “Honestly, I just did it for the toys,” Hodge recalls of modeling for a magazine when he was all of three years old.

Now 34, Hodge, who has been working steadily since his toddler years—with childhood appearances on Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live before making the rounds on classic prime-time series like ER, CSI, and Friday Night Lights—wants more out of his work. “This is gonna sound crazy, and stupid, maybe,” he says. “[But] I used to audition to impress the people in the room so I could get the job. Wrong reason.” Hodge changed his approach. “If I do the audition and I’m satisfied with what I did, then I won.” And new opportunities have materialized. Hodge’s portrayal of football star Jim Brown in Regina King’s critically acclaimed feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami … (now streaming on Prime Video), stands out among a solid-gold ensemble. The film, adapted by Kemp Powers from his 2013 play of the same name, offers a fictional reimagining of a real meeting that took place between four towering Black cultural figures amid the social and political upheaval of the 1960s: civil rights leader Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir); boxer Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree); singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.); and Brown, who used his platform as an athlete to become active in the movement for racial justice.

I like to tie myself to projects that have meaning beyond just the entertainment aspect.

King’s movie aims to explore the men behind the mythology. Most of the action plays out in a cramped Miami hotel room in the hours after Clay’s legendary 1964 fight with Sonny Liston, an upset victory for Clay that won him his first world championship title. A heated discussion on the state of race in America ensues. “We get to see human beings,” Hodge says. “Not the super titans we all grew up knowing and understanding. We get to see what built those super titans.”

In a movie full of outsize characters, Hodge’s Brown isn’t flamboyant. He’s pensive, at times even stoic. And, according to director King, Hodge’s restraint is what makes his portrayal so powerful. “Aldis understood the nuanced moments that were needed to play Jim,” King says. “I could see that he had tapped into Jim the first time I saw his tape and knew his performance could only get better. I also knew I needed an anchor, someone who could be a leader. I knew I would have that in Aldis.”

I knew I needed an anchor, someone who could be a leader. I knew I would have that in Aldis.
— Regina King —

Hodge taped his audition during lunch breaks on the set of last year’s sleeper hit The Invisible Man in Australia. When he got word that King wanted to speak to him, he got nervous. But what was meant to be a 20-minute phone call became a two-hour discussion about the kinds of conversations the film could provoke. “I thought this film had the potential to teach within my community of Black folks, to help us figure out how to talk with one another and how to deal with one another,” he says. “For the people who aren’t Black, hopefully it would help them figure out how to listen and translate what our fears are, so it’s not just a foreign language. It’s something they can understand.”

Born on the base at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to parents who were U.S. Marines, Hodge was raised in Hawaii, New Jersey, and, later, Los Angeles, where he and his older brother, Edwin, both pursued acting as kids. (Younger sister Briana opted out of the biz.) Their young careers were shepherded by their mother, Yolette, whom Hodge describes as “a soldier through and through,” recalling how she fought to get her sons auditions. “Oftentimes she would look for roles and it would say, ‘looking for Caucasian only,’ ” he says. “My mom would submit us anyway.”

Hodge is now training to play Hawkman in the DC superhero movie Black Adam, opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His Showtime drama, City on a Hill, is about to air its second season. And he’s adapting the Chinese thriller Parallel Forest with Edwin and is set to direct for the first time. “I like to tie myself to projects that have meaning beyond just the entertainment aspect,” Hodge says. “Not every project will hit that mark for me, but when I can get that, it’s really—it’s like [winning] the lottery.”

Gallery: Big Update To The Gallery!

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

The last week I’ve been replacing a lot of the older screencaps with new ones of better quality. Plus I have added the missing projects, including some new pics from a 2017 photoshoot and screencaps for Brian Banks and Clemency. I still need to finish with One Night in Miami and I have only uploaded 2 seasons of Leverage but I will add the rest as soon as they are sorted!




Photoshoots > Session 59
Photoshoots > Session 81
Leverage > Leverage 2 > Season 1 > Behind the Scenes
Leverage > Leverage 2 > Season 1 > Promotional
Film Productions > Brian Banks > Screencaps
Film Productions > Clemency > Screencaps
Film Productions > One Night In Miami > Production Stills
Film Productions > The Invisible Man > Behind the Scenes


Leverage > Season One > Screencaptures
Leverage > Season Two > Screencaptures
Film Productions > Red Sands > Screencaps
Television Productions > Chicago Code > 1.09 “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” Screencaps
Television Productions > Cold Case > 1.03 “The Runner” Screencaps
Television Productions > CSI > 1.16 “Too Tough to Die” Screencaps
Television Productions > CSI > 9.02 “The Happy Place” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.03 “Wind Sprints” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.04 “Whose Your Daddy?” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.05 “Git’er Done” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.06 “El Accidente” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.22 “State” Screencaps
Television Productions > Numb3rs > 2.12 “The OG” Screencaps
Television Productions > Pacific Blue > 4.16 “Juvies” Screencaps
Television Productions > Pacific Blue > 5.15 “Kangeroo Court” Screencaps
Television Productions > Supernatural > 2.21 “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1” Screencaps
Television Productions > Supernatural > 2.22 “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2” Screencaps


Press: A rare portrait of Black men: Aldis Hodge knows the impact of ‘One Night in Miami’

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

LA TIMES: When actor Aldis Hodge says, “I sign on to things with the hope of purpose being added to that particular piece of art,” the totality of his signature roles comes into focus: the crusading D.A. on Showtime’s “City on a Hill,” the death row inmate in “Clemency,” the falsely accused athlete Brian Banks. Now comes his commanding portrayal of game-changing football legend Jim Brown in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” a what-might-have-been-said scenario based on a real-life gathering of Brown, Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) in one hotel room in 1964, the year before Brown’s string of legal issues began.

The potential audience impact of the quartet’s collegial yet pointed hashing out of one another’s ambitions, experiences and sense of responsibility was readily apparent to Hodge, never more so than after last summer’s protests against racial injustice. “There are a lot of people right now who don’t understand how to empathize with the pain of certain people, because they never will have known it,” he said recently. “That’s one of the most powerful elements of this film, that it shows how you understand somebody’s pain.” “One Night in Miami” was released on Amazon Prime last Friday.

One could assume four giants of their time might be sizing each other up in this situation, but the movie feels more complicated than that.

They’re friends. They’re seeking to understand each other. What we typically see from the outside perspective is the idea of comparison, right? Negative debate. When it comes to Black culture, we always have to be fighting, crabs in a barrel. That’s absolutely not what we have here, and that’s what I love. Because in my circles, talking to my people, I know this is how we handle each other. “You got your perspective. Yo, my man, I feel you on that. Let me give you this other thing to consider. Now let’s figure out how we could meet in the middle.” It also gives Black people a moment to breathe, and laugh. Because it’s pretty funny, the way they deal with each other.

Your portrayal of Brown has this quality of patience. He looks ready to be somebody’s big brother as needed.
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Press/Gallery: Aldis Hodge’s Path To Purpose

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

The actor and watch designer explores his personal history with horology and how watches can be used to build a lasting legacy.

Words by Aldis Hodge, Photography by Glen Allsop
HODINKEE: My language is art. Specifically, the art of design, which I’ve plied with an obsessive passion that eventually became purpose. I remember drawing my first watch when I was either 18 or 19 years old, after I had just become a student at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. It was a wooden wristwatch with a wooden cuff-style strap. I’m not sure if the design was any good. That’s not important, though. What is important is the symbolism it carried. It wasn’t until many years later that I was able to see the real value in that very distinct design, but I’ll expound on that later.

In my college classes, our primary focus was automotive and architectural work, but for some reason, my mind drifted towards horological design – which they didn’t teach, so I taught myself. I became enthralled by the intricacies of watch movements and how they were composed. In my mind, designing movements was kind of like developing a Tom Kundig house and building a 351 Cobra Jet engine inside of it. It seemed to make no sense yet, at the same time, made all the sense in the world.

I’ve been enamored with the freedom that the imagination of conception afforded me ever since I was two years old. I knew three things at a very young age: 1) tomorrow isn’t promised; 2) life isn’t a fair game, and 3) you must do your best in order to recognize and appreciate the blessings laid before you.

I come from a beautifully spirited family. My siblings and I were raised between New York City, New Jersey, and California by our gorgeous and courageous mother, who wasn’t always dealt a fair hand. She had a tremendously hard life, yet she always persevered. Even in the darkest times, like when we were living in our car, she was always (and still is) a champion who instilled her “never give up” fighting spirit in me.

I knew that I wanted for us to live a better life one day and for my mother to be afforded the comforts she deserved. I never thought that I would ever earn enough money to buy a nice house or a car. I thought that if I designed it myself, I could build it. Proper education – both scholastic and cultural – was the key. It was also my mother’s highest priority for us.

This is one of the primary reasons I began sketching blueprints for houses at the age of 12. Mom took notice and put me into a mentorship program where I actually interned at an architecture firm between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. Little did I know how much that would influence my horological design aesthetic. She’s also the reason I started college at 14, going through a few different institutions before landing at my favorite school, ACCD. This mentality of self-motivation came from the necessity to create an opportunity where there wasn’t one. Which is why I tell kids all the time: You are not a product of your environment. Your environment is a product of you.

My desire to create was further galvanized by my environment’s lack of recognition of who I was. I grew up in a country that told me, through subtle reinforcing factors, that I wasn’t supposed to amount to much in life. Oftentimes, people who didn’t look like me would take a guess at what they thought I wanted to be when I grew up. Scientist, doctor, engineer, or anything remotely associated with cerebrally motivated pursuits were never on their list – which was deeply insulting. The world I grew up in tried to teach me not to believe in my potential by beguiling me into not recognizing who I truly was. Were it not for the sagacity of my mother, I probably would have believed it.

The most alarming environment was actually elementary school. I never saw myself reflected in the history books. Growing up, I loved inventors, and Leonardo da Vinci was one of my favorites. There were many accounts of his great feats; however, there weren’t any for George Washington Carver, a Black American inventor who created over 100 products derived from the peanut. Nor were there any acknowledgments of other Black inventors whose designs greatly contributed to the ease of our daily lives, such as Garrett Morgan (the traffic light, 1923), Marie Van Brittan Brown (the home security system, 1966), Alexander Miles (automatic elevator doors, 1887), or Sarah Boone (an improved ironing board, 1892). And the list goes on and on.

That list reaches into the watchmaking field as well. Specifically, to Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and horologist, who is rarely mentioned in the horological world – yet another Black inventor excluded from the history books.

Here’s a genius of a man who built his own clock from scratch in 1753. He borrowed his neighbor’s pocket watch, took it apart, and drew each piece. He then utilized those sketches to carve out a wooden clock using just a knife. What a painstaking challenge that must have been. And then to be able to calculate all of those ratios by his own determination – he was truly a savant. As a result, Banneker created the very first striking time device in America. It kept time and struck the hour for over 50 years until it was destroyed in a fire.

It’s astounding to me that the very first striking clock invented in North America was made by a Black man. For a young Black kid with engineering aspirations – to know this and see that representation is so very impactful. The fact that it was a wooden clock run by wooden gears was a strange coincidence. His creation resonated with me personally because when I think back to my very first watch sketch, the all-wooden wristwatch, it let me know that my efforts in this profession are connected to something bigger than design, bigger than watchmaking, and bigger than myself. I’m connected to legacy. This is more than just trying to build a watch. This is about building LEGACY. That is the primary motive for establishing my horology brand, A. Hodge Atelier.

I hope that my brand will stand as a representation of all of the virtues that have been reaffirmed within me through my experience with horology. I wish to represent the strength of knowing one’s true value, the power of perseverance and belief, and the necessity to educate oneself beyond what is placed in front of you. I aspire to develop educational horological programs for children and young adults not only to learn the mechanical and scientific aspects of what we do, but also to develop the mental fortitude that is needed to succeed.

Those aspirations are actually the inspiration behind the skeleton key I chose as the foundation for my logo design. You see, skeleton keys were theoretically devised to bypass any lock. And I would like my brand to stand as a reminder that you can use your mind to bypass any of the world’s locks, no matter what the challenge may be. I would like people to learn from my journey, my mistakes (failures, flaws, and all) and successes. And I want them to see that it’s worth it to never give up on yourself – especially in the face of adversity and naysayers.

Horology has exposed me to so much wonderful life beyond my original scope. I’ve met so many incredible people, traveled to amazing countries, and learned about so many different cultures, so much history. I’m even learning a new language because of it. Most importantly, this journey has opened me up to a newfound purpose, and I wish to share what it has provided for me with many young people who are seeking that very thing. There’s so much more to say. But the rest of this story will be told through legacy.

For now, I’ll end with the words of Nelson Mandela for anyone currently navigating through difficulties on their path to purpose: “I don’t lose. I either win or learn.”

On the site, there is a mp3 of Aldis reading this but it won’t embed on here so here is the link: Audio


Gallery LInk:
Photoshoots > Session 80