I was asked a couple of weeks ago to shoot a press photo for an upcoming play. The play involves Mormons, and sex, and death and all kinds of things. So we wanted the picture to have religious tones without literally having crucifixes on the wall and such. Someone, I think it was the director suggested a pieta. And that got me thinking about the fact that I've seen 4 different Michelangelo Pietas in my life, which is pretty cool. Granted some of them were unfinished, but cool nonetheless.
I don't normally write about process, but I'm in a good mood today, so here you go.
We made a date and I had the two cast members come over on Tuesday afternoon and we spent about an hour shooting them on light grey seamless. We tried a number of different poses and variations, but I really liked the straight reverse pieta pose (in the real concept, Mary is holding the dead Christ). Let me tell you something though, working with actors can be great, because they're not scared, they listen to direction, and they honestly care about the outcome. Jocelyn and Evan were just great.