Countless hours had been devoted in preparation for this shoot. Prop shopping, wardrobe and building a set that included constructing a 20’ wall.
The Long Walk Down the Short Aisle…
Shoots can be a giant logistical proposition when you look at everything that goes into them from: pre-production meetings, prop acquisition, set building, wardrobe, make-up, and of course securing talent…the right talent. Often, if time allows, we have the proverbial “cattle call”, other times it’s simply looking through countless model comps to select our talent.
For this particular shoot, it was important for us in choosing talent, not only with the desired look, but that could also deliver the right mood and expression our client was looking for. It’s often a toss up whether the talent is going to need heavy direction or have the experience and personality to give us even more than we had anticipated.
Enter Ruth and Bill, our talent for this shoot. The chemistry between the two was undeniable, quirky and at times unpredictable…in a good way!
The two of them were like a well-written comedy sitcom and because of this, a range of opportunities opened up for us. The first thing that happened when they met, Bill nonchalantly makes a wise crack about Ruth’s age – she’s of course more than a few years his junior. Ruth, quickly delivers a few zingers of her own which makes the two laugh and off they go. The chemistry between the two was incredible which only helped once they were on set.
Energy is so important to a project, especially once all the puzzle pieces are in place. Creating the dynamics necessary for a successful shoot is always first and foremost at the start of any project for me. Sometimes it’s easier than others and with talent like Bill and Ruth it was a dream.
Just before I captured this shot, Ruth leaned over to Bill and said “Don’t get too comfortable honey, I’m so divorcing you tomorrow”… Bill’s expression Priceless!
Sometimes just step back, stop directing and allow the magic to happen.
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