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The Seagull -- last chance to see [Jan. 29th, 2013|07:53 am]
kyle cassidy
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Then I did two posters for Josh Hitchen's new production of The Seagull (link is to Allens Lane theater, it probably won't get you to the Seagull if you're looking at this after February of 2013 -- hello people from the future seeing dead links, sorry, you missed a great play), with Megan Edelman as Nina.

The Seagull is by Anton Chekhov, it starts out as a light comedy and ends with you being driven off a cliff. It's a tragically realistic play. Towards the end Nina is something of a ghost wandering around the countryside in the rain and I wanted to capture that.

The second setup with with a black backdrop and we did that in the studio, it's got two bare flashes from behind left and right. It's just a question then of walking the model into the right spot where she's getting hit with the proper amount of light in the right places. Another option would have been to put a low power fill in the center and above her face, the thing you want to avoid is having a completely dark face and a brightly lit nose, because weird.

For the wings I used actual seagull wings from a photo I'd taken at the beach years ago, cut them out, blurred them, then overlaid a texture onto them so you have a ... hint of wings.




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I wanted both dark and light options, especially since my stuff tends towards dark.




I really need to get better with the Behind the Scenes. Here's us out in the woods.




We did two outdoor setups, one with lights and one without, I ended up using just the straight shot which was done with the Rock Star Lens, the 85 1.8 wide open.




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I think all in all, the whole thing took about 45 minutes.

As of this writing, you have two chances left to see the Seagull, Feb 1 and 2 at Allens Lane. If you're from the future, you missed a fine play.




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[User Picture]From: rocket_jockey
2013-01-29 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the look into your process - I like how you did two completely different looks with two different but equally dramatic feelings.

In the category of "coincidental convergence" ACT Theatre in Seattle is about to wind down its own production of "The Seagull" next week, I think.
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