Fido was in a dire need of a new homepage and we wanted to feature all the brilliant people who contribute to the magic behind the effects and the movies that come out from our studio. I was up for the task to capture almost everyone in a day. I started the day by clearing out the Fido kitchen and started to build my pop up photo studio. The first thing was to scavenge the Fido workshop in the basement for material to cover the windows. I found some cloth and stuff among old horror movie props, a saw off head, half an arm and a pig was setting the mood. I wanted to kill most of the ambient light in kitchen. Second I rigged my newly bought background kit from manfrotto. This was my first time using a backdrop kit and i used a 3×6 meter grey linen cloth, It was real tricky to get rid of all the wrinkles. I reckon this was the first and only time, next time I’ll try paper instead. Any tips regarding cloth backgrounds are welcome by the way! After the background was up I started to flesh out the light setup. I used Johan as a test subject, taping a marker on the ground with gaffer tape to set up where the sweet spot was. I was thinking about a three light setup. The keylight was the quadra with my 100×100 softbox from quite high angle with my manfrotto boom stand. I used my canon 430exII superclamped to a shelf in the back of the room as a Rimlight. Behind the persons I used another strobe, my sb25 to light up a spot on the backdrop. Also I used a styrofoam block on a couple of low stools as a bounce card below the keylight for a fill effect. “Tjablaaang” with a click on a button on my canon 5dmkII and my Skyport triggers we got a simple portrait. The task of hunting down my prey was in full force. I was aiming to take a portrait of everyone in the house that day. We had mailed out a few days ahead of the shoot that they could bring a thing or a gadget that could represent them or what they was working with at Fido. Some brought chrome balls, some brought lights ETC. Staffan that you can see in the featured image above, brought a sculpture that he had sculpted. He is an old Garage kit enthusiast, Staffan is also known under brand Swede creations, he has produced a few memorable garage kits. On Fido he is mostly doing animations as well as rigging and VFX supervision. The thing about Staffans image is that the Rimlight did not fire. I’m not shure if it was due to the fact that I was to trigger happy, or if the batteries was beginning to drain. But I think he looked cool anyway.
So I managed to hunt down my prey. Like sheep for slaughter I brought them into the kitchen. Popp-Popp fine and dandy, NEXT! After lunch it stood clear to me that not everyone could attend, so I scheduled a rain check day the following week to get a second window of opportunity.
Rickard seen in the image above had forgotten about the shoot and said that he wanted to get his hair done before the shoot. Hey I’m a friendly and understanding fellow without hair, Shure you can Rickard!
Also in the image of Rickard you can see the rimlight that did not fire in staffans Image. Rickard Is by the way a kick ass animator and like to ride horses on his spare time.