Poster Boys Gatiss & Flynn Act Up in the West End
A lovely commission to shoot the poster & portraits for the West End transfer of The Motive and The Cue starring Mark Gatiss, Johnny Flynn & Tuppence Middleton.
For the transfer, Scott Skelton & the NT team, working with AKA, asked me to shoot the poster imagery with Johnny Flynn (Burton) & Mark Gatiss (Gielgud) & portraits of the central trio in character & costume, with Tuppence Middleton as Taylor.
With a narrow shoot 1.5 hr shoot window & a small room at the theatre to shoot in, the poster imagery, which had been based on contemporary 60s rehearsal photography, was relatively straightforward to recreate.
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60s Portrait Vibes
The portraits needed a theme, so I chose to shoot in a contemporaneous style, echoing both earlier High Hollywood portraiture & the 60s styles that followed. See the moodboards below for some contemporary shots of the actors that we used as reference points & to explain the concepts.
In about 10 minutes with each actor, we got the images we needed shooting with super-shallow depth of field & very directional light.
A careful B&W edit with plenty of grain helped finish the images.
The pleasure of working with actors on a transfer is that they are deep in their characters, so what might be uncomfortable months before a show even starts rehearsals, becomes a game of easy expression & exploration.