I love my role as unit stills photographer. What I don’t love is the fact that there is very little information available on this important craft in film making. There are no specialised courses and little other available information sources, until now!
Here is a collection of my articles about how a photographer can make the most of every moment they spend on a film set.
Tech Talk Articles by Angus Young
TT 01 Why you need to have a stills photographer on a film shoot
TT 02 5 crucial on set relationships for a Production Stills Photographer
TT 03 5 Mistakes made by on set photographers
TT 04 Copyright and the Production Stills photographer
TT 05 Three Important Publicity Shots for a Production Stills Photographer
TT 06 Call Sheets. Why I love them, and why you should too
TT 07 Delivering production stills to the people who need them
TT 08 5 tips for working with actors
TT 09 The best movie stills resources for the on set photographer
TT 10 Film set jargon for unit stills photographers
TT 11 Make the crew look good!
TT 12 Getting work as a stills photographer
TT 13 Q&A on shooting film stills
TT 14 Choosing your projects
TT 15 Sound blimp round up
TT 16 3 More crucial on set relationships for stills photographers
TT 17 After the show is done – after care for unit stills photographers
TT 18 5 Great ways to spend your on set down time productively
TT 19 Making yourself useful on set.
TT 20 Inspirational Movie Stills
TT 21 Film marketing pitfalls and great examples of productions avoiding them
TT 22 Film marketing and publicity links
TT 23 Book review: “Movie Photos” by Alex Bailey
TT 24 tips for actors to get the best working with a stills phographer
TT 25 Innovative use of stills in movie marketing
TT 26 Camera Sound Blimps – An update
TT 27 Run a film and TV “Specials Shoot” – Part 1, Planning
TT 28 Run a film and TV “Specials Shoot” – Part 2, The shoot
TT 29 Hollywood Unit Publicist Ernie Malik interview
TT 30 Aquatech Blimps Version 2 – Preliminary Thoughts
TT 31 Tips for setting up an Aquatech Blimp with the BT145 Lens tube for Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
TT 32 Three unit stills shooters compare Aquatech “Scout” Sound blimp to the Fatboy
TT 33 Unit Photographer’s Laptop Workstation Hack
TT 34 Negotiate Your Rate For Unit Stills Photography
If you have a question that you want me to address in my postings please drop me a line.
Sound Blimp Manufacturers
Unit Stills Photographer Profiles
Alex Bailey – Behind the Curtain [PODCAST] PLINK’s 45 minute podcast Interview
Alex Bailey – Nikon Europe Interview Alex Bailey on life as a Nikon shooting stills photographer
Alina Gozin'a – Exposure Pro Intimate artists’ interview with Alina on the creative process and directing actors for portraiture
Angus Young – profiled by Phil Arntz A chat about the equipment and skills needed and how to get started for working as a production stills photographer
Angus Young – Want to work in TV Interview with Angus Young on shooting publicity stills in TV
Barry Feinstein – Unseen Photographs Shooting stills for Steve McQueen on “Bullitt” and knowing exactly when to press the shutter and more importantly, as he said himself, ’knowing when not to’.
Brian Hamill – State University interview the joys of shooting stills for the likes of Woody Allen, Barry Levinson, Martin Scorsese and Sydney Pollack
Bruce Talamon – The Unit Stills Photographer [VIDEO] A profile that includes a demo of the Jacobson sound blimp and a brief history of the product
Chris Large – AMC Q&A Interview with AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” unit stills photographer, Chris Large
Clay Enos – interviewed by Ain't It Cool News On creating the first look images for Zack Schneider’s Wonder Woman and Batman Vs Superman and being always on the lookout for the next shot
Clay Enos – Interviewed by Exposure Guide On working with Zack Snyder on Watchmen, 300: Rise of an Empire, working spontaneously and “In service to the film”
Clay Enos – Interviewed by Junsiu Films On making stills on Man of Steel, Suckerpunch and Watchmen, shooting on location and working with Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan
Clay Enos – interviewed by The Source On the getting his first break and the challenges of shooting great stills on a mostly green screen set
David James – Society of Camera Operators [VIDEO] Profile on Life Time Achievement Award winning Unit Stills Photographer
Douglas Kirkland – Cinematic Photography 60 years as an entertainment photographer and over 100 film sets.
Frank W Ockenfels III – Popphoto interview On shooting publicity specials shoots for AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men, shooting medium format and lighting tips
Fu Jan – China Daily very candid profile on the life of a Chinese stills photographer
Gene Page – Gainsville Sun interview From photojournalist to Walking Dead unit photographer and the life aquatic.
Helen Sloan – Nikon Europe Interview Detailed interview with thePrincipal Unit Photographer for HBO’s epic Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan – Winter Is Coming interview Insight into the career and techniques of Game of Thrones still photographer
Helen Sloan- interviewed by Tech Insider Series 6 preview interview with Game of Throne’s Northern Ireland-based lead unit still photographer
Hopper Stone – Adorama Interview On IATSE Union shooting in the USA and life as a stills photographer
Hopper Stone – interviewed by Matt Granger In depth discussion on Hopper’s transition from photojournalist to unit stills photographer and why he’s an artisn, not an artist. (Two Parts)
Hopper Stone – Nik Radio Interview [PODCAST] LA based unit photographer talks through his career from photojournalism in war zones to on set photojournalism
Jack English – Fuji Film Exposure Interview On being discovered and recommmended by Gary Oldman and working on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Fifth Element, The Transporter and many others
Jaimie Trueblood – Interviewed by Junsui Films On shooting the Amazing Spiderman and his love of documenting the humour of Americana
James Fisher – Baz Lurhmann's Set to Screen [VIDEO] The director profiles unit stills photographer James Fisher and the importance of stills to film publicity
Jasin Boland – Capture People Magazine profile on action movie unit stills photographer Jasin Boland
Jasin Boland – Movie Poster Photographer [VIDEO] SBS Australia interviews Jasin about his career as unit stills photographer
Jasin Boland – Movie Stills Photographer [VIDEO] Profile on action movie specialist unit stills photographer, Jasin Boland
Jasin Boland – Sydney Morning Herald interview On movie sets as a photographer’s game park, shooting Mad Max: Fury Road and working on The Matrix trilogy
Jasin Boland: Interview by Video and Filmmaker Magazine In depth interview with Australian based unit stills photographer on why he shoots Nikon and what his typical day looks like
Jonathan Olley – Time Lightbox Interview Photojournalism from conflict in Sarajevo to the sets of Green Zone, Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty
Jose Haro – Interviewed by Junsui Films On the value of the actors trust and creating a reality of fiction
Justin Lubin – Interviewed by AICN Meet SMPSP unit stills photographer Justin Lubin on equipment, working with the talent and how he got his breaks
Karen Ballard – The Digital Journalist Unit Stills Photographer on Stephen Speilberg’s “Munich” recounts her experience
Kimberley French – Interviewed by Junsui Films On shooting in a competitive market and a unit photographer’s day
Larry D.Horricks – interviewed by Junsui Films On working on Coriolanus and trying to bring art and points of difference to unit stills work.
Leah Gallo – Mizzou Mag Interview on joining the family. Working with Tim Burton on Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd
Louis Goldman – NYT Profile He’s “Still” while everyone else is in “Motion”
Murray Close – Leica Blog Shooting unit still and special photography on “Free State of Jones” with Leica’s S medium format system and developing his craft under the eye of Stanley Kubrick
Murray Close – UK Professional Photographer Interview On working with Stanley Kubrick, sound blimps and sensitive actors
Niko Tavernise – Fstoppers interview On shooting for Aronovski
Phil Bray – Interviewed by Juinsui Flms On shooting sensitive sets and green/blue screen unit stills work
Rafy – interviewed by BitDepth Strong opinions on how to succeed as a stills photographer from one of Canada’s most successful unit stills shooters.
Sebastian Solberg interviewed by Digital Photographer Magazine DIY blimps, getting started in unit photography and establishing a career as a unit photographer
Tim Palen – Lionsgate Films interview by Jacqueline Miró with Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer and specials photographer, Tim Palen.
Van Redin – Digital Apple Overview of the role of s stills photographer
Wilson Webb – Interviewed by Junsui Films On being a “Stills ninja” and shooting for the Coehn Brothers
Product and Service Reviews
Blogs, Articles and Resources for Unit Stills Photographers
Blogs, Articles, Interviews on film marketing and publicity
Jasin Boland: Movie Poster Photographer SBS Australia Interview
Cnet Exposure Pro profile on Australian stills shooter Alina Gozin’a
2011 Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achiever, David James on learning from everyone he works with and producing stunning publicity stills:
The magnificent Jasin Boland talking about his favourite gear and the joys of working alongside a talented DoP. Jasin is an amazingly engaging speaker, really knows his stuff and creates sensational movie stills. Jasin works predominantly on action films so talks about how lucky he is to often shoot without a blimp on film shoots. This interview was recorded during the making of
Baz Lurhmann and his on set photographer, James Fisher talk about the importance of the role of a photographer on a film shoot, in particular about the making of Baz’s epic feature film
Torchwood: Up Close – The Photographer Adrian Rogers talks through life as the stills photographer for BBC’s science fiction series
Bruce Talamon – Stills Photographer includes demo of Jacobson sound blimp and a brief history of the product.
John Platt – Australian cinematographer turned unit still photographer talks of his unit still photography using Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-T1 camera.
Know of other good resources? Drop me a comment or an email and I’ll include it in my list!