I have actually known Fev! now for a few years and we have never had a good time to sit down and discuss a shoot – not until recently, that is. Being as hot as it is in Atlanta this summer, studio shoots is where I have been trying to hone my concepts into – except for that one time at the cemetery where I sweat a billion gallons.
Lee (Fev!) is a really cool person to just even hang out with – her stories on how she makes the amazing detail come to life in her assassins Creed costumes is just jaw dropping. She has been featured in numerous magazines around the world for her amazing work and I had a really great privilege to actually collaborate a concept with her for her recent Assassins Creed Revelations costume.
The general idea for this was renting an extremely powerful leaf blower and throwing objects in the air at a fully lit white backdrop – Trust me when i say this is a lot easier said than done. It came to a surprise that Lee threw together an amazing Assassins Creed flag set on a pole and all ready to be whipped in the air for capture. I took about 50 frames of the flag and barely got even 1 that worked (and this is 50 frames at the speed of medium format, by the way!) I initially brought a bunch of light black fabric that I was going to use, but the flag just seemed like a much better idea overall.
I knew this was going to be a collage of shots put together in photoshop when I first started, so shooting on pure white was a big help – plus the white is super contrasty to costume and the flag in general. I even stopped by at my local Michaels and picked up a few bags of black and white feathers to add to the mix for cut-outs later.
So what is up with the black and white you say? That I actually set in camera once I started getting shots of Lee – it offers better tonal ranges being a MF sensor.
To capture Lee in the air, I had her jump off of a wooden crate about 37 times until we were happy with the shot. I bet she wanted to kill me with all the pain she had in the morning thanks to me!
Many, many, many hours after starring at this concept and making it work on paper, I finally have completed it – I was aiming for a really gritty AC feel to the picture and I hope I was able to pull it off correctly. Again, I am not normally a photoshop person so this was a huge learning experience for me. What do you guys think?
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