Posts Tagged ‘horror photography’

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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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!

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Making WITCH

September 30, 2016

Hi kiddies!

This is my new Horror photograph called WITCH.

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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 did the make-up for my mother’s hands.

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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.

See you next time!

MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition 5

November 10, 2015

A full-scale print of my new INNSMOUTH image will be on display as part of the 5th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit at the Kosart Gallery in Chicago! The show opens this Saturday Nov. 14th

This fantastic art show is curated by frequent collaborator J. Anthony Kosar. Anthony and his team created the monsters for my INNSMOUTH project. Jen and I will be at the opening, as well as my producer Chad Hawks, star of my JACK THE RIPPER project.  Come join us if you can and meet the artists in person – this will be a great show!

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Making INNSMOUTH PORTRAITS

October 21, 2015

Hi kiddies!

The monstrous fish people created by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects are amazing!  I wanted to shoot portraits of these Deep One characters to compliment my main INNSMOUTH photograph. Because the story by H.P. Lovecraft Shadow Over Innsmouth describes generations of Innsmouth inhabitants going back decades, I decided to shoot the portraits as genuine wet plate photographs utilizing photo technology from the 1800’s.

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This type of wet plate photography is like alchemy and utilizes dangerous chemicals that can asphyxiate you or even cause an explosion.   I recruited knowledgeable wet plate photographer Steve Wilson to come in and help.  I worked for Steve Wilson at Hallmark Cards as a young photographer. He was an early important mentor and it was great to work with him again.

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We shot the portraits in my home.  Kosar and I dressed wooden mannequins in period costumes and posed them for the camera.

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Steve used a powerful HMI light because wet plate has a very slow exposure time and requires a tremendous amount of light.  I love the idea that some young man from Innsmouth participated in the Civil War as a Massachusetts resident.

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Here you can see Steve manning the large 8×10 View Camera.  I helped frame and light our portrait subjects.

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After exposing a metal plate that he had prepared with a light-sensitive chemical coating, Steve would remove the plate from the camera and develop it in my kitchen while we watched.

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I think the singular aesthetics of the wet plate process lend themselves beautifully to gothic subject matter.

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See you next time!

INNSMOUTH on Kickstarter!

May 10, 2015

Only 1 Week remains to contribute and become a part of my new INNSMOUTH project on Kickstarter!

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This project is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic story The Shadow Over Innsmouth and stars the great Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth)!

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The photo will also feature SPFX by J. Anthony Kosar!

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Earn amazing rewards like signed prints, unique prop collectibles, and original masks and maquettes!

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With your help, this will be my biggest photo ever!  Can’t afford to contribute?  You can still help by telling everyone your know.  Every gesture, no matter how small, is deeply appreciated!  This photo is going to be great!

BLACK LULLABY Released On BLACK FRIDAY!

November 28, 2014

My short film BLACK LULLABY is being released online for Black Friday!  Anyone, anywhere can now watch it on my new ProVimeo site – BlackLullaby.com – where you can ‘rent’ a viewing or even download a copy to own.  Check it out and tell your friends!

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Scream Magazine UK

November 27, 2014

There is a nice article about my work in this month’s issue of Scream Magazine, the UK’s number one Horror magazine!

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, San Diego

October 9, 2014

My short film BLACK LULLABY will be screening at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego!

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Oddities TV Show

November 14, 2013

Yes, that was me on the television show Oddities.  My wife Jen and I stopped by the store Obscura Antiques while we were in NYC – we love the show! – and ended up on-camera for Episode 16 of Season 4 – ‘No Guts, No Glory’ – which aired on the Discovery Channel just before Halloween on October 29th!

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The National Opera of Paris

May 1, 2013

The Opera National de Paris used two of my images, WOLF and BED, in the programs for their production of Hansel and Gretel, which runs until May 6th.

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Thank you to Mariame Clement, the production designer, for being a fan!