I want to catch up on a backlog of some photo stuff which has been sitting here waiting to post and then round up last week in Chicago.
First a proof-of-concept for Macbeth which could conceivably turn into a kickstarter for the most badass scottish play you've ever seen. Ryan's one of our absolute favorite actors, most recently Birdboot in the Real Inspector Hound. It'll probably turn into a short video first.
We did two sets of makeup, there was pretty Macbeth lording about the castle and there was just-returned from fighting Macdonwald who's a bit sooty with black under his nails, but not over the top. Liz' makeup was subtle & wonderful.
Makeup by Elizabeth Terenchin
JR Blackwell was the voice activated light stand & reflector holder.
Me, Trillian Stars, Ryan Walter and J.R. Blackwell
I used a single speed light in a small gridded softbox to control the light spill. You can see how the mood changes as the light is moved from above to one side. The light from above also has a silver reflector off to camera left to fill in Ryan's face a little, otherwise it's completely shadowed.
I can't recommend it highly enough. It's an experience that sticks with you... I've gone 3 times and I have dreams about it. If you ever get the chance, go... and I'm happy to give you pointers beforehand.
I like the first one more. The blood on Jenn's hand is buried in the second, and the lighting on their faces is more dramatic. And the change in Jenn's position is important: in the former, she could be trying to reassure Ryan, or clinging on to her rock in the stormy seas... but in the latter, she could be sleeping.
Have I ever told you how much I admire your skill at lighting faces?