Brin Merkley returns as Philomena Dashwood and joins Bert Malcom as Thunder Boy in the latest chapter of A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters, The Terror of the Troll Toll. Here is a look behind the scenes!
Photographing the Heroes
This chapter feature a series of adventure photos which utilize green screens which were replaced in post.
Bert and I traveled to Lizzie’s house, where she did hair, make-up and fed us!
Bert and Brin had little to no time to get to know one another, and were just thrown together early, early in the morning because Brin had to get to work by noon.
Both models had a big costume change in the middle of the shoot. Bert’s replaces his western garb for a hero costume which features a huge headdress, or war bonnet. Thunderbird goggles feature in most of his costumes. Brin wears one of Alisa Kester’s lesser known costumes, a Chinese Steampunk gown with very lengthy sleeves.
Brin noted that all of our male models are fantastic singers and quite musical! Bert spent much of the day singing.
Sadly, Bert and I had to leave Lizzie and Brin behind to continue shooting for the rest of the book!
Making the Troll
The troll is a creature I built from clay, findings and plastic frames. This is the only pic I have of it being constructed:
A Look at Post Production
This chapter features quite a few digital photo composites. Brin and Bert were only available for a short period during a strange time of day, so we had to shoot in front of green screens. Below you cans see some photo choices and composite mock-ups.
In the photo below you can see the final image:
Next is a little sketch of where I wanted the troll fight to go.
Below you can see the final image:
I hope you enjoyed this look behind the scenes. Come back again soon!
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