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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: History In The Making

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

There are days when the excitement and drama of making a film matches the intensity of the story you’re telling. That’s especially likely to be true on the days when you’re shooting the climax of your movie and/or committing most of your effects budget. No second chances or reshoots on this one.

That focus and passion is front and center in this fantastic shot from the set of Guernica, which was released earlier this year by Sony and recently completed a triumphant series of premieres throughout Spain. (Currently the film is available via Amazon, iTunes, Redbox and similar platforms.) Credit for the photo goes to the film’s producer, PGA member Daniel Dreifuss, who knows that nothing beats the production value of an authentic location. “We reproduced the Guernica market bombing on the exact spot where the market used to be in April, 1937,” he shares proudly. It was a complicated day, involving not only practical effects and numerous extras, but “a whole zoo of animals … donkeys, geese, rabbits, you name it.” Lending the shoot even greater resonance was the presence of four local residents who had witnessed the bombing as children. Even as much as the re-creation of the bombing itself, Dreifuss says, “I think it was very powerful for them to see the market from their childhood come alive again.”

We’re lucky to work in a business where we get to travel to unique and historic places and stage our stories with costumes, production design and effects. But sometimes production reminds you of the big picture, which is that we’re even luckier to be the ones telling the story, instead of the ones who lived it. 

We know what you’re thinking. “Best of all time? No way. I’ve got an on-set photo way better than that.” If that’s the case, we dare you to prove it. Submit it to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org. Before you submit, please review the contest rules at producersguild.org/bospoat. Because no matter how great your photo is, we have no desire to get sued over it.

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