Airstrip Shoot: Concept
What we're gonna be talking about today, obviously we're gonna do a little bit of an introduction with the concepts. We are going to breakdown mood boards. We're gonna talk about the actors. We're gonna talk about the wardrobe, the hair and makeup, and all of those little decisions that go into this process. Remember, this is a pretty involved process, the pre-production portion is really important. And so, we're gonna go into a bit of depth on what that looked like, and how we found a lot of the things that we were looking for. So, more or less this, once we come back from the shoot, we are gonna end up editing the images. We're going to develop the images, do some retouching and do some color grading, just basically bringing in that final level of polish, making everything kind of match, and feel nice and beautifully cinematic. So that's the agenda for this particular section. So, without delay, let's go ahead and start looking at concept one. This is, we called this The Airfield. Wh...
en I was looking to put this particular image together, we were scouting locations, and we were looking to see what our options were for kind of, like a love, like timeless things, vintage things, historical things, what the options were. We came across this particular location, and it's amazing. Beautiful collection of planes. It's called the Historic Flight Foundation, it's here in Seattle. Little bit outside the city. They have this really, really, really, amazing collection of beautifully restored airplanes. We got permission to be able to use them, and shoot there, and that was amazing. But, the approach that I wanted to take when it came to shooting with these planes, I didn't want it necessarily to be 100% right on the nose with the subject matter. I didn't want it to just be a straight interpretation of the scene. I started doing a lot of research and homework on historical photographs of World War II, and looking for something that had a little bit of an interesting pull to the story, something that just shaped what liFe was like then, in a slightly different, more nuanced way. This photo I had seen before that I absolutely loved. It is a, I believe, I've looked and looked for the, the black and white version of this but, I believe this is a colorized photograph. I'm not 100%. Everything that I've found kind of points to that, and it does look colorized, hand colored but, I can't find, I was never able to find the black and white photograph anywhere. This is an RAF Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut between mission breaks. This is from 1942. I love this photograph because it just was not the obvious story that was necessarily being told and photographed at that time. It just felt like this really beautiful break. This very quiet moment in what was not that moment in the world. It's incredibly calm, and it's very peaceful. If the plane wasn't in the background, you'd have an entirely different context and meaning for the photograph. This pilots names was Francis Mellersh. I don't know if I'm pronouncing that correctly. He was a twice awarded Britain's Distinguished Flying Cross. He was recommended for the Victoria Cross. He lived many, many years. He made it through the war, and continued to be a pilot throughout his life. I was reading an article about this, and his daughter had said that the pipe is what eventually got to him in the long run. It's really just this beautifully kind of soft nuance photograph. I love all the elements to it. I love, it's the, the barber. I love the book. Interestingly enough, the book is actually, it's a pop culture novel. It's basically a spy novel but, it was set during World War I. And it's a guy in World War II reading it, which I thought was kind of fascinating. I mean, he's an interesting guy. He ended up staying as a pilot in the RAF for another 30 years. He flew his whole life. I just thought it's such a cool photograph and I wanted to use this as my heavy inspiration and I wanted to recreate it. So, it was a vertical. I ended up kind of extending it, and drawing it out. We're gonna turn it into a little bit more of a horizontal. That's kind of the first set that we are going to be making. The second shot, that I was planning on was something that was a little bit more traditional. It reminded me of these posters and drawings that, my dad was in the Air Force, gave to me when I was a kid. I wanted to do something that felt like those old kind of, drawing illustrations from the period. This was kind of a hodge podge collage of different source material. I'd kind of put it together in Photoshop and I'd trace over it and draw on it. I wanted to create a staggering of the planes to create a little bit of depth. I wanted to have a foreground scene happening. Some stuff happening in the background. We're eventually going to take you through what this process was like. This is definitely the more complicated of the two logistically. This is the one that we planned for first, even though it wasn't the first one we shot. So we had to make a lot of decisions about how things were gonna be laid out and positioned over the day for this, to save us a lot of time. We'll speak to that a little bit later. So those are my two source images. We ended up getting one more, third round of shots that were unplanned 'cause we knew that these were gonna be pretty complicated, especially this one, to pull off. We just happened to have a little bit more time and we'll show you that a little bit later as well.