Friday, September 22, 2017

Moniaive Comic Festival's New Model Army

Following the success of last year’s Manga inspired photoshoot, Ralph (the hairdresser from Basement 20 salon) and I were invited back to Moniaive Comic Festival. This time we were part of the actual programme of events rather than an unexpected extra.

To tie in with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the groundbreaking and influential comic 2000AD, Ralph came up with the idea of creating a set of characters that wouldn’t look out of place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, suitable for the magazine. Catherine Campbell, Ruby Drake and Abby Gray were styled by Ralph, with makeup by Poppy McMillan, and then photographed by me.




Once again, the public could come in, watch the proceedings and have a go at sketching the models, with artists Doug Braithwaite and Dave Kendall leading the way.

Catherine by Doug Braithwaite

My good friend Allan Wright once again videoed the proceedings and gave me the files to put together a wee behind-the-scenes video of the event. Local band Black Mango were kind enough to let me use their track "Holding Up The Sun" as a soundtrack for it:

Comic book writing legend, Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, Batman, Lobo and many, many others) then penned a short, 6-panel comic strip based on the characters and set them in Dumfries, a century into the future, while Alan’s grandson, Elliot Gray, was tasked with illustrating his script.

Panel 3 from the comic strip

With photos, sketches, a script and comic strip it was felt there was enough for a small exhibition, and once again The Stove were kind enough to offer up space.

We had the exhibition launch on Tuesday past, and on Tuesday coming Alan Grant will be at The Stove at 7pm to talk about life as a comic book writer ( for more details). Do come along if you can!

The exhibition is on until September 29th

Monday, September 04, 2017

Where The Skin Lies

Last year I was asked to be a "Still Photographer" on a film set for a micro-budget horror film being shot in Kippford, just a few miles down the road from where I live.

Where the Skin Lies - Teaser trailer from Michaël Boucherie on Vimeo.

The film - Where the Skin Lies - is now doing the rounds at film festivals and an article I wrote about the experience has appeared in the September issue of Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine.

3-page article in Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine, September 2017

My role was to take behind-the-scenes photos and an image that could be used for the poster.

When you look at a lot of film posters it’s easy to believe the images have come from a frame, or still, from the movie. However, most movie cameras are not filming at a particularly high resolution. It’s fine for the film, but if you blow the image up for printing, you would find it too pixelated to use. So what happens is after the scene has been shot, the photographer steps into the place where the movie camera was, and under the same lighting and set up conditions, shoots with his own camera. It’s this image that is then adapted for use for the posters and publicity.

My original photo

Adapted for the poster

Now the magazine article has been published and the film publicity is on the go, I thought I would go back through the behind-the-scenes photos and choose a selection of my favourite images

Director, Michaël Boucherie, discussing the next shot with actor, Amelia Bennett 

Director, Michaël Boucherie, and Producer, Joy Harrison, watching the action from the adjacent room

The cramped confines of a bathroom shot. Is that a photographer I can make out in the mirror?

Very little room to get the shot set up

Actor, Simon Rivers, spicing up his beans on toast

Amelia taking a break. One of the few photos I preferred in colour as the black and white version didn't do that 70s sofa justice.

Special effect makeup artist, Alex Knights, applying a knife wound to Amelia. Again colour was needed for this one as the wound wasn't so obvious in black and white

Michaël overseeing the set up for a scene

Left to right: Nathan Wright, Tristan Beint, Louise Williams, Amelia Bennett, and Simon Rivers

Actor, Nathan Wright

Actor, Simon Rivers

Images, sound and light don't happen without these guys!

Director, Michaël Boucherie, and Producer, Joy Harrison

Making sure Louise is in shot

When a bulb goes, someone has to fix it!

Watching back the last cut

The director gives instructions

Working out the best camera angle for the scene

The actors (including Georgia Winters on the right) rehearsing while the crew set up

One fun side effect of all this is I now have my own entry on the Internet Movie Database, IMDB -