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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: Peace On Earth

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 10, 2018

Sure we here on Team BOSPOAT like our offbeat pictures. We like ‘em different, or quirky, or dramatic, or spectacular or just plain cool. But we admit it, we have our sentimental streak as well. We’re not above occasionally pining for an old timey New England Christmas, even from the comfort of the low-to-mid-60s Los Angeles holiday season. Something about this shot takes us there. It’s cold and getting colder with the light leaving the sky. You can hear the dusty crunch of that snow and the crackle of the bonfire and the quiet of everything else.

PGA member Jennifer Pike knew it was a special moment when she snapped the photo in December 2016 while on location in Fairfield, Vermont for her docu-series Artist in Residence. “It was magical,” says Pike. “We were following an Australian artist named Sarah Amos (pictured on the far right). This particular scene was our last night of shooting after a ‘family meal’ Sarah and her husband cooked for the crew, that we enjoyed by candlelight. After dinner Sarah’s husband built this bonfire outside their cabin to give us a sense of how they like to connect with their family and friends.” Looking at the image, you can feel the warmth of that hospitality as much as the warmth of the fire.

“I’m often so absorbed by the details of shoots that I forget to stop and take in the beauty of the scene unfolding before me,” continues Pike, voicing a sentiment that a lot of our readers might relate to. But the saving grace of the job is that every so often, you find yourself confronted by a moment so emotionally and sensorially rich that it reminds you how, “as a producer, the most gratifying scenes are the ones that can only come when you step back and let a scene breath and take place naturally … The fire gave off the most beautiful glow on everyone’s faces, and it reminded me that these are really the moments that I live for in creating television and film.”

We hope that as 2018 comes to a close, our readers can take time to reflect on the magical moments their producing work has let them share this year. Thank you to Jennifer for sharing this one with us.

 


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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