And one of them is living in my house.
Any of you reading this that have kids have surely already heard of the BoxTrolls movie that’s coming out on 9/26/14. If not, take a peak here: http://boxtrolls.com/
It looks to be a cute movie done in the old school stop-motion style animation, inspired by the book “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow. The plot (as copied from Wikipedia):
The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher and Eggs has to save his family from Snatcher.
As a way to promote interest in the upcoming movie, Amazon is holding a costume contest where you have to use either an Amazon box, or an unbranded box to make a Boxtroll costume.
I order so much stuff from Amazon as it is (personal and work). Especially with Prime 2 day shipping? It can be addicting…but I’m not addicted…I can stop whenever I want. 😉
Needless to say I had plenty of boxes to work with…
Contest details can be found here: Boxtroll Contest
Once again, my son Liem was my model. It only took 1 bag of gummi bears to persuade him. 🙂
We drove to Old Towne Petersburg (Virginia). It’s an area rich in history, with no shortage of old abandoned buildings. I wanted a old brick background for the shot. I didn’t want a paved or concrete parking lot, or sidewalk either. Looking at screen shots of the movie (as well as the movie poster), it’s a turn of the century setting, with old cobblestone roads. That’s what I wanted, and luckily, Old Towne Petersburg had just that.
Here is a little diagram of the shot:
My wife was my voice activated light stand. I set her up with a monopod outfitted with a Phottix multi-boom, 2 Yongnuo yn560 flashes set to 1/2 power, shooting through a Phottix double folding 36″ umbrella. Both flashes at 1/2 power equaled 1 flash at full power, but faster recycling.
I really wish I would have taken a picture of the setup, but in my haste, I forgot. I would say my wife was holding the umbrella at about a 45 degree angle 3 feet above my son’s head, at roughly 4 feet away.
The sync speed of the Fuji is only 1/180th of a second. Even though it was evening, the sun was still out, so I used the sync speed to try and kill as much of the ambient as I could.
My Fuji X-T1 was set to ISO 200, and I was using the Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 lens @ f/5.6.
The resulting shot:
As for his costume, I purchased welding goggles and the aviator hat off Amazon for around $5-6 each. I already had plenty of boxes. Amazon was kind enough to provide a download PDF of the labels, which I printed and glued to the boxes. I used black spray paint to make the boxes look beat up. I taped bits and pieces of “junk” to the goggles. The lamp he’s holding is a battery powered LED lamp.
Looks like my photo was not worthy enough to be one of the finalist in the Amazon contest. Oh well. I still had a good time with the shoot. 🙂
Phottix has once again chosen one of my photos for their photo of the week! That’s 3 times now.