Making PARKING LOT

November 25, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is my new photography project called PARKING LOT!

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This is a personal fear.  Perhaps you have it too?  Being afraid of somebody hiding under your car is the adult equivalent of fearing the monster under your bed.  Dark spaces and exposed ankles.

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I wanted this Horror image to be set in bright daylight.  Finding a location for this idea was not easy.  Most businesses would prefer you not stage a murder in their parking lot.  Even a fake one.  In the end, I staged my photo-shoot in a parking lot across the street from 3rd Street Asylum, the haunted house run by my cousins.  The police stopped by only once, and they were very friendly.

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The victim was played by my friend and musician Cori Jo Hawkins.

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The scary man hiding under the car was played by her husband and filmmaker Trevor Hawkins from Mammoth Media.  Trevor helped me with my short film BLACK LULLABY and is one of the chief collaborators on my upcoming movie project.  Right now he is finishing up his own first movie, a romantic drama called LOTAWANA.

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I based Cori’s positioning on Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting CHRISTINA’S WORLD.

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The amazing SPFX mask was created by legendary creature designer Jordu Schell.

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Right now Jordu is running an IndieGoGo campaign for his first short film.  Check it out!  It is sure to have amazing creature FX.

Thank you to Nikki Moreno at Vixen Pin-Up for doing Cori’s hair!

Thank you to Luke for allowing me to borrow his cool car.

Thank you to Chris Hawkins and Nathan Kincaid for all your help getting the car to the location and back.

And thank you to Dawn and Matt Cheek for producing this sick little photo project – I really appreciate it!

See you next time!

Portraits of Fright – Short Documentary

November 16, 2016

 

Thank you Alden Miller!

CRONE PORTRAIT

November 16, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is a portrait I shot of CRONE.

SPFX by Midnight Studios FX.

Signed 11×14 prints are currently available on Ebay!

Hope you enjoy!

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NOSFERATU PORTRAIT

November 16, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is a portrait I shot of Bob Barber as NOSFERATU.

SPFX Make-up by J. Anthony Kosar and Kosart Effects.

Costume by Celine Collins at Monkey Wrench Clothing.

Signed 11×14 prints are currently available on Ebay!

Hope you enjoy!

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MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibit 6

November 16, 2016

A full-scale print of my new NOSFERATU image will be on display as part of the 6th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit at the Kosart Gallery in Chicago! The show opens this Saturday Nov. 19th

I will also have my triptych of JEKYLL & HYDE on display, as well as NOSFERATU PORTRAIT and CRONE PORTRAIT.

My actors from these projects – Bob Barber and my wife Jen from NOSFERATU, and Chad Hawks from JEKYLL & HYDE – will be at the opening reception with me as well!

This annual art show is curated by my friend and frequent collaborator  J. Anthony Kosar. Anthony and his team created the amazing make-up for my NOSFERATU and JEKYLL & HYDE projects.

Come join us if you can – this will be a great show!

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Making NOSFERATU

October 28, 2016

Hi kiddies!  This is my new image NOSFERATU.

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Nosferatu was played by Bob Barber.

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The Victim was played by my wife Jen Hoffine.

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SPFX Make-Up by J. Anthony Kosar and Kosart Effects.

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I built my set at 3rd St. Asylum, the haunted house run by my cousins.

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My friend Demian Vela was my photo assistant.

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This image is included in my upcoming book of Horror photographs from Dark Regions Press.  You can Pre-Order your copy on their website.  Thank you to all of the Kickstarter backers who made this project a reality!  See you next time!

Making CRONE

September 30, 2016

Hi kiddies!

This is my new Horror photograph called CRONE.

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This project was produced by Jeff Simon.

The SPFX witch mask was made by Midnight Studios FX.

The witch, in Jungian terms, is the archetype of the devouring mother. The anti-mother.  So of course, I gave my own mother Carol Hoffine the title role – despite the fact that she is one of the greatest moms of all time.

Here she is trying on the costume for my shoot:

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The baby head is a doll’s head.  I painted it and glued on snippets of my own hair.  My wife Jen glued on fake eyelashes for me.

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Brenna Hoch from 3rd Street Asylum did the make-up for my mother’s hands.

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My pal Demian Vela, as always, was on set to assist.

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The witch mask was foam-filled and unable to wear.  So after photographing my Mom, we moved the witch head into her exact position.

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I combined my Mom with the SPFX witch head in Photoshop for the final image.

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A special thank you to Trevor Hawkins for helping me find the perfect wooded location.

CRONE is included in my upcoming book of Horror photographs from Dark Regions Press, which you can pre-order on their website.

See you next time!

 

Making JEKYLL & HYDE

September 2, 2016

Hey kiddies!

This is my recent photo project JEKYLL & HYDE.

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The star and producer of this project was my friend Chad Hawks. Chad previously played Jack the Ripper for me.  He was also the producer for my Lovecraft project INNSMOUTH.  We staged JEKYLL & HYDE as a triptych of 3 images: Before, Mid-Transformation, and After.

Make-up effects were created by my friend J. Anthony Kosar at Kosart Effects.

Demian Vela, as always, was on set to assist.

Lab props were loaned to us by Pamela Coggins at Noir Oddities on 39th.

And we staged this photo project in the beautiful Victorian home of Kent Dicus and Michael Ohlson.

Thank you to everyone, especially Chad, for making this project a reality!

JEKYLL & HYDE is included in my upcoming Horror Photography book from Dark Regions Press.  You can pre-order your copy on the Dark Regions Press website!

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See you next time!

 

Hardcover Book Campaign a Success!

June 27, 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Kickstarter campaign for my first book of Horror photographs! Thank you to publisher Chris Morey at Dark Regions Press, and my tireless advisors Justin Gardner and Chad Hawks for running such a great campaign.

We achieved our initial goal in 96 hours, and went on to achieve all of our stretch goals, finishing 236% funded, with 547 backers!

This oversized 12×12 hardcover book will be a complete compendium of my work as a Horror photographer, spanning 13 years of work. This book will include several new images, including PARKING LOT, JEKYLL & HYDE, OPEN WINDOW, and CRONE.  I will be revealing these new images online in the months leading up to the actual production and delivery of the book.

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We also achieved our stretch goals to create the new images NOSFERATU and DEVIL’S MUGSHOT, and will be keeping everyone informed as they move into production!

This is a very exciting time!  Thank you again for all of your support!  I can’t wait for you to see the new images.

Hardcover Book on Kickstarter!

April 26, 2016

Today I launch a new Kickstarter campaign with Dark Regions Press to publish a hardcover book of my Horror photography!

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Spanning 13 years of work, this comprehensive volume includes the debut of five new photo-shoots, behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, artist commentary, and more.  The oversized book is 12″x12″ and printed in full color.  It is available as both a Trade Hardcover and a Signed Limited Edition Deluxe Hardcover, bound in black leather with a wraparound dust jacket and black slipcase.

The Kickstarter campaign offers ‘Early Bird’ specials, as well as exclusive rewards, including the opportunity to star in a Horror photograph!

Check it out and please share online with your friends!

You can pre-order your copy at:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/joshua-hoffine-horror-photography-book