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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: Shot/Reverse Shot

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Some pictures are pretty. Some pictures are artful. And some pictures just make you want to ask: “Whoa, what the hell is going on here? What happened next?”

This issue’s BOSPOAT is one of the third kind. We love the way it captures the weirdness of making motion pictures, the discontinuity of it, the sheer uncertainty. We constantly ask, “Did we get it?” when we don’t even know what “it” is until we see it in the footage. What the hell is going on here, anyway? Disembodied arms and hands push into the frame, the camera squares off against the gun, and the “dead body” throws off a Mona Lisa smile as it looks not quite at us. Seriously, it’s like David Lynch was moonlighting as someone’s unit photographer.

The eye behind the camera in this case belongs to actress Billie Profitt. The bearded gent crammed into the corner is director Paul Overacker, who submitted the photo. Tammie Bird is holding the gun. And in the central role, as the corpse, is none other than PGA member Majorie DeHey. This was shot on the set of The Grey Conspiracy, Marjorie’s entry into the PGA’s own Make Your Mark Weekend Shorts Contest this August. Marjorie not only produced the film, but wrote the screenplay and took a key role as well.

As is often the case, there was drama behind the scenes to rival the one that was taking place in front of the camera. Unbeknownst to the cast and crew, their producer had undergone surgery to remove a brain tumor the week prior to the shoot. Admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, August 15 and released after just two days (“Either a great operation or cheap insurance,” Paul jokes), a week later Marjorie wrote, produced and acted in The Grey Conspiracy. “I didn’t tell anyone on set about the surgery until the production was done,” Paul reports. “Needless to say, everyone was shocked at the news.”

It’s no wonder the director says, “Marjorie DeHey is one of the most dedicated, smartest and supportive producers I have ever worked with in my 25+ years working in production.” Best wishes from Produced By for a swift and complete recovery, and much thanks to Paul for sending in the pic.

 

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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