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December 21, 2014 - 5 comment(s)

Photo Shoot: Outreach Tour 2015

Recently, Great Lakes Theater joined forces (once again!) with those amazing, magical visual artists at TRG Reality to create the promotional image for our 2015 Outreach Touring Production - The Great Globe Itself, written by GLT Education Outreach Associate, David Hansen.

The play presents three historic Globe Theatres - two in London, one in Cleveland - and the artists who shaped those theaters - successfully utilzing them to present, re-imagine and profit from the works of William Shakespeare.

The challenge was to create a unifying image which suggested these three moments in place and history - with an exciting, imaginative and original graphic that would communicate the overall concept of the production rather than a scene from the show.

We began with a rough concept mockup created from images that we gathered via the internet - printing, cutting and pasting them - literally, using scissors and tape (that old school!)

After meeting, discussing and refining this concept with the photographic wizards at TRG, we set a date for the shoot. At the shoot we will assemble the three actors who compose the touring company this year - Kyle Carthens, Arthur Chu, and James Rankin - to pose for the poster image.

Our Costume Shop Manager, (and designer for this year's outreach tour) Esther Haberlen, worked with GLT Director of Marketing and Strategic Advancement, Todd Krispinsky, to identify appropriate costume pieces from our stock - representing London in 1613, Cleveland in 1936 and London of the last decade, circa 2005.

The day of the photo shoot, TRG photographer Thomas Cook staged a mock shoot utilizing other members of TRG's staff as stand-ins for our actor-models - to fine tune lighting and general composition. Thomas used a green screen as a background, which would later be filled in with an imaginary skyline of both cities in all three time frames. TRG wanted to consider where each man would stand in relation to each other, and how best to create an imaginary object which Arthur, the modern man in the forefront, would hold in his outstretched hand.

Each of our actors looked great in their costumes (James was particularly happy with the “Clark Gable” style mustache stylist Kylee Cook had drawn on him, and he wanted to wear it home.) We tried several set-ups, with each performer attempting a variety of facial expressions, informed by Todd, looking directly at the camera/viewer.

Following the shoot, with fantastic photgraphic raw materials now arranged/lit/captured by Thomas Cook, the magical process of assembling all of the pieces into a cohesive final image began. Enter TRG's  Retoucher Extraordinaire, Bruce Andrew Jamieson! After a lot of tender loving care (along with a heap of artistic talent served up by Bruce) and a few of electronic back-and-forths of drafts between the TRG staff and Great Lakes, a final image was born!

You may be receiving a copy of this remarkable photo in your mailbox soon as it will grace the cover of our new Surround brochure - announcing Great Lakes Theater' s 2015 outreach tour - The Great Globe Itself!

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