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In Character and Out

This past August I had the opportunity to work with Sheyenne Brown, an up and coming actor and performance artist, for a spread for Middlebury Magazine. Sheyenne was developing a piece called, Shower Me, based on the guests attending a baby shower. The assignment was a challenge and a blast.

A challenge because no theater spaces were available on site (Columbia University) so we built our own in a small seminar room. I have some BTS photos in a previous blog post, All the World’s a Stage. I went with my LED lights for this, 3 – 1×1’s and 2 3.5″ fresnels, so that I would be able to see the light as I shot. It also worked out perfectly because it kept the temperature in the room down, kept the kit cable free (the 1×1’s ran off of batteries,) and helped facilitate Sheyenne’s performance (no constant flashes going off.)

Sheyenne Brown as herself, New York, NY. August, 2013. Click images to enlarge.
Sheyenne Brown as five-year-old "Cindy," in Shower Me.
Sheyenne Brown as five-year-old “Cindy,” in Shower Me.
Sheyenne Brown as drug addict "Turin," in Shower Me.
Sheyenne Brown as drug addict “Turin,” in Shower Me.
Sheyenne Brown as Staten Island Mom "Lydia," in Shower Me.
Sheyenne Brown as Staten Island Mom “Lydia,” in Shower Me.

The assignment was a blast because it was such fun to work with Sheyenne. She jumped right into character and was a trooper, willing to run through each character’s vignette twice.

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