Archive for December, 2010

I am Legend – Inspiration

One of the main focuses on this shoot was to create a sense of fear by using a manikin that is void of emotion. In the hit film “I Am Legend”, Francis Lawrence (director) does an amazing job of doing that, he positions the scene so that the manikin seems out of place. This causes the viewer to question how they got there? and why? It works well as it causes a loss of security, in the film it is also supported by the fact that the main character was under the impression that he is alone in the city.

Here is a photo from the film the shows a manikin that is out of place:

From this decided to used an abandoned corridor and stair case to create, what i would would describe as my take on the “I am Legend” scene.


Original Photo

My re-creation:


This post displays the final edited picture that i created, while attempting to mimic the the design of mask, used in the film “Batman Begins” by “The scarecrow” as pictured above. I used an old potato sack as the material, it worked well but i found the threading was much finer on the original mask. I cut eye holes into the mask as displayed in both pictures and used myself as a model, whilst setting up a self-timer on the camera.

This photo is taken from the opening scene to 28 days later, it depicts a man who has just woken from a coma, the streets are empty and as a result, he is scared and confused by what has happened. The characters position in relation to the photo helps to exaggerate his general ignorance to the apocalyptic world around him. The way in which the sun is setting shows that it is late in the day, this creates anticipation in that there will soon be darkness, the concept of this dusk effect could be used in a piece of my own to create that same effect.

This screen shot is taken from the opening scene of 28 weeks later, it is the first frame that shows a being infected with the “rage virus” or what could be described as a “zombie”. The photo itself predominantly focuses on the eyes of the infected woman, this is mainly because at this point, they are the only thing that distinguishes her from the “non-infected”. Similar to the 28 days later picture, the photo portrays the general ignorance of the non-infected woman, this helps to create a sense of dramatic irony.  Finally another effective attribute of this photo is that it reverses the usual lighting setup used in horror photography, For example: Usually the character will be pictured in an higher intensity light to that of the area/direction the camera is facing, however in this photo the fear is created from an area that is of high intensity lighting, as a result the safer area seems to be the darkness. This reversal of stereotypical horror lighting is very effective as it takes away, what could be described as a safety net in that the view will naturally fear the darker areas of a photo but in this photo, they would fear the lighter of possibly both. In my final piece, i could use this ideal of switching the expected light sources in order to sound an area that has the potential to create maximum fear in the eyes of the viewer.