As a photographer and a filmmaker and an occasional actor, how do all three sometimes mix? I just experienced one of the best examples of this with my part as Mr. Robb in the independent film “Twin Reflex.” You can learn more about the movie at their fan page, https://www.facebook.com/twinreflex. Ultimately, the story is about an individual whose mental stability and confidence seems to be collapsing, leading to some very, very dark things – that’s all I will say for now.
I had a great Director of Photography and great Director to work with, and most of these shots emphasize the collaboration of myself, the DP, and the Director, and along with good acting, they are a no-brainer to execute, but I thought they were lots of fun and would show a bit of creativity on the fly.
A bit of “bad photography” in surveillance photos lends to the feel of someone being watched and the shots being taken with great risk and under duress… including elements that interfere at the edge of your lens emphasizes that the photographer or character is undercover and hiding.
Though I didn’t put any of them in this post, some of the shots I took included the whole shot being blurred, which, from the eye of a set director looking for surveillance type photos, they often get selected to be printed on set as well. Some of the photos I took included elements purposely out of focus like they were taken with limited equipment at a great distance. These are basically straight out of camera and unedited, for additional fun, of course, you could add grainy or static elements to suggest surveillance or drone type camera equipment.
I particularly love the shot out in front of the cafe across the street with the 70-200 lens – the compression factor makes the subject of my spying look isolated yet crowded at the same time as traffic and window reflections cause the world through the lens to compress.