December 19th, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya is a play by Anton Chekov, it's going to run February 9 to March 5, 2017 at the Hedgerow Theatre. This week I photographed the poster for it. This is the behind the scenes.

Camera gear. You may clickenzee to Embiggen!

Gear for this was a Leica M10 with a Voightlander 50mm 1.5, and a Lumix GX1 backup, just in case, a Photek Softligher II, the giant 63 inch one, a flash and two pocket wizards to trigger them.

The scene itself -- it's always hard with a play that doesn't have a set yet. I knew the scene I wanted to do, Vanya, actually fires Checkov's pistol at a rival. But there are two shots, the first if off stage, so why not have it be outside? The makeup of the shot is based largely on what actors you can get. I'd stick everyone in there I could -- but as it turns out, only two people were available. Which made staging simpler.

I found some suitable woods, drug the actors out there and set up my lights. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to it didn't take long.

Will Vanya hit his target? Clickenzee to Embiggen!

See a slow motion video of this shot being made:

Enjoy Uncle Vanya!

A slightly funnier one -- Vanya is a comedy. You may Clickenzee to Embiggen!

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