Podcast 45 – Robert Whitehead (@Shundeez_Official) Interview

Today’s podcast interview took almost a year to record, but I think it was absolutely worth the wait! I spoke with Robert Whitehead, a friend of the blog who you likely know as @shundeez_official on Instagram.

I’ve been a fan of Robert’s work for years. I’m often inspired by his cinematic style, which utilizes practical effects and often tells a full story in a single image.

Aquaman vs. Giant Crab by Robert Whitehead


Robert is a filmmaker from South Africa, who discovered toy photography a little over 5 years ago (about a week after me, it turns out). Now, he photographs toys as a full-time job, and has helped us with projects for the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle and Pop-Up Book sets. Robert and I discussed how those opportunities came about, how his history with film influences his photography, how he creates his practical effects, and more.

Thank you for listening! And thanks to Robert for coming onto the show. I had a great time and can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in 2019! Make sure you follow Robert on Instagram here.

Tron LEGO minifigure photography by Robert Whitehead Shundeez_Official
by Robert Whitehead

Friendly reminder: There’s still time to submit your image for this month’s podcast theme, Diptych! If you’d like to participate and get the chance to have your image discussed on the show, use the hashtag tp_diptych and tag myself (@thereeljames23) and Kristina (@kalexanderson) by Friday, January 25th. 


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  1. brett_wilson

    It was so good to hear Robert interviewed. We’ve ‘chatted’ online plenty of times, and hearing is voice was just as I’d imagined. And not just the accent. Top job again James!

    • Robert Whitehead

      Thanks so much Brett! Hopefully we will meet face to face one day soon and shoot the breeze over some cold ones. (sorry for the late reply but don’t know what happened when I tried to comment last month)

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