For 2016, I'm taking part in a monthly portrait photo challenge. April's portrait theme is homage.
I interpreted this theme to mean I would pay homage to someone I look up to in filmmaking. The lucky winner was George Miller, the director/mind behind last year's Mad Max Fury Road.
The movie blew me away on so many levels, namely the art direction and kinetic, non-stop, heart-pounding pace of the movie.
Our studio space is managed by this guy named Dan Stewart. He's a body builder and an expert mechanic. Visually, he could be considered menacing, but he's probably one of the nicest guys on planet earth.
I cast him for the shot, and then I developed a story behind the character that I wanted to photograph for this shoot.
I named him Meady Ogre, and he's the mechanic that built the war rig that Furiosa drives in Fury Road. Meady has pissed off Immorten Joe, another character from Fury Road and now Joe is off to take out Meady. In the photo, the camera is Immorten Joe. Meady and his dog Anarchy are defending themselves.
Of course since they live in the Fury Road world, I wanted to embellish the scene with fire and sparks.
The image that I found to work the best is the above one, but I wanted to show one with Anarchy as well below. Also check out the accompanying behind the scenes vLog.