Still photography for the movie and television industry
The Unit Stills Photographer has to document the action and be under the feet, without getting in the way, of the lighting crew, the grips or the boom without being in the shot. Using individual frames from recorded video material is not practical due to the quality. Much higher resolution images are therefore used. Typically the end uses of these still photos would include the films theatrical release poster, DVD box artwork, the official web site photos, billboards, bus stop adverts,point of purchase displays, key art image sets released to the press and media as well as other printed and online collateral materials. The unit still photographer will typically produce over 2000+ marketable images per week for their major studio clients
Unit Stills Photographers have to create two kinds of images.
1.) The first, documents the making of the movie and includes close-ups of the actors and crew, wide shots of the crew shooting the action, the set and the equipment.
2.) Secondly, they are responsible for creating “photo-props” and “set dressing images”, the photos and images used on-camera to create various illusions such as forensic photos, crime drama booking photos, character drivers’ licenses, passport & I.D. photos, on-screen family photos, surveillance photos, computer screen displays, and any other image a producer may require in the course of a production.
Using a sound BLIMP
The blimp is a sound absorbing, foam filled case, in which the still camera body is fitted with a remote operation cable. The blimp that I custom made lets me to be right under the sound crew and next to the cinematographer without the sound of the shutter ruining the shot. It allows me to shoot while the action is going on for the “money shot” that the producers will need to get to the publicity department to promote the film.
MOVIE POSTERS AND ONE SHEETS
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