Thursday, 14 May 2015
Performers sometimes have to go through very strict training regimes to achieve a body that would befit an action hero. Even though stunt performers often take over the most difficult of moves, the actors still need to be able to do a considerable amount of the choreography. Jessica Biel spoke of how she ate no food with more taste than sawdust and worked out from sunrise to sunset for about 2 months before commencing the filming of “Blade 3”. But wow was it worth it! She looked great! I photographed this muscled actress for the poster of this film.
I wanted to flatter her beautiful face as much as possible by surrounding her with soft light but I also wanted to show off her toned figure as well which often looks best with harder light coming from an angle. So….for the close ups, I choose soft light and for the wider shots I used a little more shadowing. She has a particularly nice jaw line so I brought the light a little higher to accentuate that. I was shooting film in those days (2004), so I used my Hasselblad which shoots medium format square film. I used a 100 iso positive fuji film.I remember the anxiety of shooting with slide film because the exposures had to be perfect, as positive film has the best quality but very little latitude. I actually had to bring the film to a lab and wait to see the results! Imagine that! Here is one of the close ups and an example of a poster that got made from one of my images from the shoot.