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May 30, 2011

from beauty to beast and beyond




photographs from Invisible Theatre's new show PLUCKED

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May 29, 2011

countryside just above the studio


wide shot


close up

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May 23, 2011

Three Jam Goblins caught trying to hide under a black rug


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May 22, 2011

Wigs & Bras


the wardrobe department

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May 18, 2011

good when a plan comes together

I get these visions, clearly, with plenty detail, which I scribble down in various notebooks. You might remember this one:


this is how it turned out:


top shot from the tumbling sequence

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OK back to the film


Issy - a Jam Goblin

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May 15, 2011

I now interrupt this seemingly endless stream of stills from the film with a photograph of something completely different


waiting for the Jam Goblins

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May 13, 2011

Setting Innocence

Just finished setting up for the shoot next week, the INNOCENCE sequence


and this is what it looks like on camera:


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May 11, 2011

but before you can crush any whites...

...you've got to work the dancers


Toni, assistant choreographer, working with Hannah, watched by the Netherlands Wardrobe Department.


a last minute question

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May 10, 2011

and now with crushed white



Always a danger when you overexpose - you crush the whites and nothing is recoverable. Better to underexpose and crush the blacks, at least some detail is recoverable in post-production. However in this case I didn't want to recover anything of the white so I opened the aperture a couple of stops and crushed it. Just thought you might like to know

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May 08, 2011

dance for camera


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May 07, 2011

more dance


Hannah Larkum as the Girl

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May 05, 2011

The Night Bit


up the wooden stairs into the attic to where the old toys are kept


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The Dark Bit


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May 04, 2011

The Wet Bit


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May 02, 2011

as the second day of filming approaches

I'm trying to make sense of the story, but without being too literal. Got to leave gaps. Got to allow the imagination to linger. Don't answer all the questions. But answer enough for it to make sense. A tricky balance.

With a dance film it's hard to know for certain what's going to work, there are few guidelines to go by - it's not theatre, it's not simply dance and it's not just film. So I shoot more than I need, under the pretext that if you ain't shot it you ain't got it.


one of the two Acolytes

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May 01, 2011

Life and Art part II


so Aphrodite comes out the sea and they adorn her, not unreasonably, with sea jewels. As indeed have I.


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