Jan 24 2012
One of my regular commissions is to shoot promotional images for a local theatre group, Louth Playgoers, who are based at the fantastic Riverhead Theatre. It is always tricky to come up with ideas that will encourage the press to publish promo information, so it is a delight when the director has a clear brief for you.
The March play is Leonard H Caddy’s Jekyll and Hyde, directed by Brian Cliffe. I have shot promotional material for Brian before, a few years ago he directed Amadeus and managed to arrange Gainsborough Old Hall as the location. The hall is a preserved medieval manor house with many later features so provided an ideal backdrop for Amadeus.
For Jekyll and Hyde, Brian and his wife Christine came up with the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, situated in Lincoln, with room sets that pains takingly reproduced different periods in minute detail.
We shot in the dispensary, a Victorian kitchen and a parlour. With eight actors, the director and his production team plus me and my assistant Vicki it was quite an entourage to troop around the museum from one location to another. As it was January it was reasonably quiet but the museum staff allowed us to shoot after the public had left which was extremely helpful, location work with a big cast is hard enough without having to deal with interested on lookers.
I am going to to be writing in detail the full concept and technical details of the shoot, including lighting and post processing in the future for a new book. In the mean time I would like to say a huge thanks to the Lincolnshire Life Museum staff for all their help and to Bryan and Christine for making my life easy and not only coming up with the concept but arranging such a great location. I must also thank (sorry for the Oscar style speach!) my fantastic assitant Vicki who made sure we left with all the kit we came with, juggled light stand and modyfiers and calmed a rather nervous member of the museum staff each time a rather fragile glass ornament wobbled!
I’ll leave you with a couple of images which should be in the local press in the next few weeks.