The pictures in this post were shot on my recent ‘Film Noir’ workshop in Northampton. I’ve been researching the genre for some 4 months and I was generally unimpressed by the lack of great reference images on Google. It was upon this discovery that I knew I was onto something. The Wikipedia entry for Film noir is “…a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasise cynical attitudes and sexual motivations.” Hollywood’s classical Film Noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s however it often depicted scenes from just after the great depression of 1929 – 1933. I’ve been shooting with a classic Hollywood style since I completed my lighting director training at the BBC way back in 1992. But is has only been since 2008 that I’ve integrated this style of photography into my lighting and portraiture workshops. The vintage style has been the trigger for this resurgence of interest. I’m not a fan of vintage with Instagram looks or altered colours, however I do predict that pure monochrome Hollywood style portraits like those crafted by Studio Harcourt in Paris will be a future product genre to line the pockets of professional studio based photographers. I’m often asked what makes a portrait ‘Hollywood’ in style? My answer is the light sources and lighting in general. Vintage Hollywood also needs appropriate hair, make up and fashion styling to complete the look. There is a new genre opportunity that takes classic Hollywood lighting and fuses it with modern fashion styles like the exciting emerging SteamPunk movement. What makes this Hollywood lighting special is the use of traditional spotlights with fresnel lenses and barn doors. These luminaries produce crisp hard light that is controllable using a flood/ spot system and by shaping of the barn doors. That sums up pretty much everything you can’t do with studio flash without expensive fresnel adaptors.
The great news with fresnel lensed lighting is it has come of age and is now more convenient and better value than ever before. Arri, 150, 300 and 650 fresnel spotlights cost less than Nikon or Canon Speedlights and even the powerful daylight balanced units from Lupolux are a comparable price, pound for Lumen. The Lupolux spotlights use HMI or LED sources, are cool running, can work off batteries or inverters and produce enough light to use sensible shutter speeds for hand held shooting. This innovation is exciting for stills photographers because we can tap into the kind of lighting that was the reserve of film crews with mega budgets. The numbers in the Lupolux range of lights refer to their equivalent power when compared to tungsten spotlights. All the Lupolux units emit a cool pure daylight balanced light of between 5200k and 5600k depending upon the light. The Lowel and the Arris are warm tungsten balanced lights of 2950k and 3100k respectively and are used primarily after dark when tungsten room lighting becomes the principal light source of the set.
Model/ actress: Chloe-Jasmine Whichello Makeup and hair: Claudia Lucia Spoto Styling: Chloe-Jasmine Whichello, Lisa Keating and Damien Lovegrove Location: Pipwell Hall, Northamptonshire Camera kit: Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 18-55mm OIS f/2.8-4 zoom and 35mm f/1.4 lenses. Filters: Tiffen Black Pro Mist ¼ on all pictures. Lights: Arri 150 and Arri 300 junior spotlights. A Lowel iD battery light with lithium power supply. Lupolux DayLED 650 and 1000 spotlights. Lupolux HMI 800 and 1200 Spotlights. .....
We did always wonder about Marilyn Monroe's choice in husbands, particularly when it came to Joe DiMaggio. We will not go into the terrible details -- especially on what would have been Monroe's 87th birthday.
Forty years ago, the cinematic landscape was undergoing a seismic shift. Young Turk filmmakers such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin and Terrence Malick were exploring unique and challenging themes.
We have pulled from our personal collection our most important Authentically Signed Vintage Horror piece. Look at this 8x10" photo and what else needs to be said ? Serious Collectors know the extreme Rarity of a Bela Lugosi AUTHENTICALLY Signed Dracula Photo. But, what makes this stand out beyond what any dealer has EVER offered is that it doesn't only come with a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity, it also comes with the most SOLID, and UNQUESTIONABLE Provenance EVER offered for a piece of this magnitude. This Lugosi photo was signed in front of and for a personal friend of Lugosi, Alex Gordan.
In over 25 years of collecting, we have never seen an authentically signed "Dracula" photo of this magnitude.
Condition: Excellently Preserved! Size: 8x10". With dark bold vintage fountain pen signature. Photo itself has just the slightest age toning which one would expect from an Original 60 year old photo.
In Lugosi's hand, "To Alex and Dick good luck Bela Lugosi"..If you Amazon "Bride of the Monster" you will see Alex Gordan, along with his brother Dick Gordan were writers for this Ed Wood's classic from 1955.
This photo went from Alex Gordan to two individuals and then myself. The person I bought from contacted Alex who didn't live far from him in CA. My source met with Alex and bought additional vintage Horror memorabilia from him. At one meeting my source brought this photo to show Alex and Alex recounted exactly where and when Lugosi signed this photo for him. Written provenance of this meeting from my source is included.
cajonexpreso: “Vintage Movie Posters by Peter Stults. Movies reimagined for another time & place… ” (Photoset: cajonexpreso: Vintage Movie Posters by Peter Stults. Movies reimagined for another time & place… ...
Los Angeles Times Classic Hollywood: 'The Searchers' camps for night at Aero Los Angeles Times On May 19, 1836, a force of Comanche warriors accompanied by their Kiowa and Kochi allies attacked Ft. Parker in central Texas.
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