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Behind the Scenes Theater Photography [Sep. 21st, 2012|01:44 pm]
kyle cassidy
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I did some production photos for the new Curio production of The Runner Stumbles which is about a priest and a nun and some shenanigans. We had a church to shoot in, but none of the actual sets -- but there was plenty. In order to get production photos far enough out in advance to actually be useful you usually have to do them long before sets or costumes are complete and -- hey, I like a challenge anyway.


Here's a "behind the scenes" of my setup by stage manager Beth Johnson. It's a single (warning: photogeekery) small Photek Softlighter II.


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And the final shot where you can see the shenanigans. The Softlighter throws down some mad dramatic shadows with not a lot of fill. I wanted something that was like I CAN SEE YOU FROM UP HERE.


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Another BTS of my shot with Paul Khun as the ineffectual lawyer.


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Not sure which of these I prefer. One is a single light in the Photek Softlighter and the other has a second bare bulb aimed at Paul's briefcase from behind the door.


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Another early BTS so you can see the placement of the second light. In the final photo I fired this light through the bottom of a milk crate as a gobo which gives the texture against the wall. The main light was the Softlighter II off to the left.


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More shenanigans. At this point the sets aren't built and the costumes aren't finalized which ends up giving me a lot more opportunities. I'm trying to get the feel of the play rather than the most accurate depiction of how it's going to look on stage.


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More goodies coming soon, including some excellent news about Trillian Stars' new play, "Childe Byron."




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[User Picture]From: mizkit
2012-09-21 05:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you're actually looking for outside opinions, but I hands-down prefer the first shot of Paul the Ineffectual Lawyer. I feel he looks considerably more trapped in that one, despite being more literally trapped in the second, and the hard light fades so much of his body into obscurity that it gives the sense of him disappearing and leaving only that desperate expression behind. And the red on the suitcase there is much harsher, which lends a sort of hell-bound ambiance to the photo. Yeah. I like the first one. :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-09-21 06:58 pm (UTC)
awesome. my uncertainty left me to put them both on the press page so editors will all get to choose. at some point i'm like "i'm wasting too much time thinking about this, let someone else worry about it."

and halloo!
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[User Picture]From: katranna
2012-09-22 08:31 pm (UTC)
Agreeeeeed.
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[User Picture]From: oracne
2012-09-21 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, is that First Baptist?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-09-21 09:38 pm (UTC)
i don't think so.
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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-09-21 09:36 pm (UTC)
Wonderful work, as always.

I'm on my way out there tonight, to shoot something that might make a good promo video. I wish I could've been there last night, and do some BTS video as well. But I was still on the mend and had some stuff to deal with.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-09-21 09:38 pm (UTC)
this was a couple of days ago. things get posted in the order of avoiding conflicts with other shiznit rather than when they actually happen.
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2012-09-22 05:26 am (UTC)
I have a technical question which is probably ridiculously dumb, but how do you get those dramatic shadows even with all the ambient light?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-09-23 07:25 pm (UTC)
Not dumb at all, it's a great question. The first thing you do in a situation is what I've hear people call "dial down the ambient" which means only that you set your f-stop and shutter speed high enough that the exposure is completely black -- that eliminates all the ambient light (in this case it was something like 1/250 sec at f 5.6) then, any light you add with your flash will be the only light the camera is picking up -- the flash then needs, of course, to be that much brighter than the ambient.
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2012-09-26 11:09 am (UTC)
Ah...I sense some experimenting in the future...
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2012-09-22 05:53 pm (UTC)
The lawyer on the left is coming from somewhere. The lawyer on the right is going to somewhere. I prefer the one on the right, visually. The light on the briefcase in the one on the left is a bit harsh. Which might be appropriate for the story, but not so much my esthetic principles.
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[User Picture]From: Kara DeCarlo
2012-09-22 09:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Moody and dramatic and most of all: it makes me want to see the show to figure out what exactly is going on.
Bravo!
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