Unit Stills Photography
As a Unit Stills Photographer my job is to create two types of images. The first is, photos specifically intended for use in the marketing and publicity of feature films or television productions, shot as the main camera sees it, while the movie is being filmed. I always look for alternative angles and shots taken from a different point of view than the main camera as long as they can capture the movie mood and feel without altering the meaning of the scene.
The second type of images I produce on the set is to document the making of the movie and includes images of the actors off set, Director, wide shots/close-ups of the DP shooting or even crew setting up interesting and unusual sets, props, artsy shots etc. Basically anything that goes on behind the scenes that can still be used for press releases and/or media promotions.
I shoot with top of the line Canon bodies, the fastest and best lenses available ( I can shoot on dark sets when needed with the fastest primes lenses and zooms available on the market) and two professional sound blimps to reduce (almost mute) the sound of my camera’s motor drives & shutters, so its noise won’t get picked on the film’s recorded dialogue soundtrack while the action is rolling. All of the above must be done while not getting in the way of the crew, or even worse, without getting in the shot myself or in the actors’ eyeline. In order to accomplish all this and get the job done it is extremely important to always understand and be aware of what’s happening on the set, and what is going to happen next, and, last but not least be as invisible as possible and blend in with the crew/background.
How do I approach shooting on the set? The basic rules of photography are the same, you can break them “sometimes”, and doing so can work quite well, but “Setiquette” is also something very important to be aware of.
While the stills taken on a movie set are low on the priority list of producers Director and DP, I take the job very seriously. Producing the very best shots while I blend into the background without being in the way of the crew or even worse, talent’s eyelines is my main objective. Since stills can be available almost instantly, minutes after they have been taken on set, they are a very powerful promotional tool that can and will be used right away for press releases and later on, once the movie is completed, for its marketing and promotional collaterals. As David Puttman said
” More people will see the stills of the movie than will ever actually see the movie’ so stills are very important.”
I am an International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 600 member and a New Orleans and New York City local hire. Feel free to contact me for unit photography work, I will be very happy to provide you my resume, references and show you my iPad folio in person. Thank you!
Please find below a selection of some shots from recent feature films I have worked on recently which are not released yet. I have been authorized to post those images on this site by the producers/publicity dept.
Below is another small selection of images I took on another feature which has not been released yet.
Take Me Away – Director Lauren Armantrout/Nick Ramey DP Nick Ramey
© 2014 Ramey Trout Films
1959 – Director John Swider
© 2014 Upperline Entertainment LLC
Unit Stills Photography by Alfonso Bresciani
A few more shots below I took on the set of All American Horror.
© Upperline Entertainment LLC
Director: John Swider.
Release date: 2014
Unit Stills Photography by Alfonso “Pompo” Bresciani
Cooking Channel new television series “Chuck’s Eat the Street” with Host Chuck Hughes.
Travel Channel’s television series “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America”. A few shots below. Adam rocks and so is his new show…Check it out!
Here below is another photo I took on the same set, published on the Los Angeles Times.
Jerome High Scream Team News Package with Anne Cutler. Originally aired on News With A Twist on WGNO-TV New Orleans.
Photography by Richard Sprinkle
News Package edited by Ann Cutler
Anne’s Horror Segment edited by Richard Sprinkle.
The following images below were taken on the set of HBO’s Treme first season, and while I wasn’t actually working for HBO or the Discovery Channel (next gallery below Treme’s) I’m displaying them here to show that if I can get the job done without even being a crew member, when it’s even harder to be out of the way and yet, manage to capture the action.