A couple years ago I was contacted by Geoff Bough to do a poster for his Revenant Film Festival. It is, to this day, one of my favorite pieces. I spent way more time on it than I should have, but it’s just tops. Fast forward to this year, Geoff contacted me again to do the poster and collateral for this year’s festival of the undead. And I love the fact it’s light-years different from the one I previously did. But still totally my schtick.
In any event, we had a hell of a time getting the photography done for this. We thought we had an old moving-pictures film camera, but after unearthing an entire packed storage space, we had found nothing. Then I asked around if anybody had a vintage film camera (not still, mind you) to no avail. We, eventually, starting hitting pawn shops around Toronto (as that’s where I was at the time) and came across this crazy guy who had dozens of these cameras! All we needed to do was have Myla hold it in her hand and I’d take a quick shot with my Canon point-and-shoot (mind you, it’s a bad-ass, 15-mpx P&S). But this guy was a real ass. And drunk. We walked in and he was saying to some fella that I was there ’cause he called me in to kick his ass for whatever reason. Not the case.
So Myla and I started talking to this drunkard, desperately trying to let us see the camera we were interested in, merely so she could hold it and I could click a frame. He wouldn’t budge and insisted we were interested in a late-1980′s model Sony handy cam. Could not be more wrong drunk. So we ambled on over next door and found what you see in this poster, and under the guise of “we need a reference shot for whom we’re buying it for”, got a few shots. A couple hours of photoshop adding flesh-rot and bones later, here we are!
Don’t let anybody ever tell you this job is without it’s occupational hazards.