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

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

As this space has often given us opportunity to observe, one of the great things about production is the opportunity to work in all sorts of places that you never thought you’d be working. Like say, the middle of the Oregon wilderness, in the middle of the night, to boot.

“The stars were unreal out there,” says PGA member Jordan Foley, producer of a yet-to-be-titled thriller, directed by John Hyams and based on the Swedish hit Gone. “We were on a night shoot in Estacada, Oregon. I used a Canon 6D and set a long exposure … I put the camera on the road and propped it up a bit with a water bottle.”

The team certainly put in the miles to earn the wilderness production value for their film (and this shot). “The locations were an hour outside of Portland, so there was a significant commute every day,” Foley tells us. “This was a very ambitious shoot. We were a SAG modified low-budget shoot, but it was a stunt-heavy production. There were several big set pieces, including a flipped car and a raging rapids stunt. Most of the story takes place in the woods, in the rain, and there are several night scenes that required significant lighting setups.” On top of which, he continues, “Our lead actress broke her foot on the first day of our second week of shooting … This was one for the books.”

In other words, it’s one more unique variant on the sequence of crises, accidents and tribulations we know as “physical production.” But looking at this image, we’re somehow comforted. The focus is, as it should be, on that white-hot instant of performance, capture, action. And yet, those same stars have looked down on the shooting of thousands of movies and will be out for the shooting of thousands more. They’ll shine for you no matter whether your DP got enough coverage or your lead actress broke her foot. Sometimes it takes a night shoot in the middle of nowhere to remind us how lovely those stars are and how fortunate we are to work at a job that sometimes takes us to see them. 


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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