There are a lot of components that can make a horror movie or photo really scary, and proper lighting is certainly among the most important ones. In this video, Benny from Aputure shares with you five lighting techniques that will make your horror scenes truly hair-raising.
There are so many Photoshop horror stories out there from badly done HDR and selective colour to terribly “smoothed” skin in portraits. But none of them go quite so far as this short Photoshop horror film from Crypt Monsters.
It begins with a somewhat creepy photographer wrapping up a photoshoot with an attractive model who’s obviously quite nervous. He then loads up one of the images into Photoshop and starts to manipulate it, with some pretty severe consequences.
As the holiday season is nearly upon us, and we are about to get drowned in a sea of Tinsel and mistletoe. I thought it would be a good time to give you a breakdown of one of my older images, Bad Santa. So put on your festive jumpers, grab a cup of Eggnog and settle down by the stockings because we are about to get festive![Read More…]
When I first started watching this short film, I thought it was a promotional piece. After all, Polaroid just announced its new OneStep 2 camera a couple of months ago. It was released a couple of weeks ago, so, thinking it might be a Halloween advert to get the word out is a logical assumption to make.
But no, this is the creation of filmmaker Joey Greene and a wonderfully talented, but small, crew of people. It starts off with what appears to be a guy moving into a new place, unpacking his boxes. When he pulls out a Polaroid OneStep, he opens it up and it goes off in his hand. Out pops a picture. So, he decides to have a play with it.
With Halloween already over for half of the planet, it might be a bit late for this video. But, it’s never the wrong time to put a spooky horror set together for a photo shoot. With that in mind, here’s Jay P Morgan from The Slanted Lens to show us how he built this Halloween set in his living room for under $100.
Hey guys. Today I’m going to show you the steps that went into editing this zombie apocalypse image which has also been selected as a nominee for the 2017 Fear Awards. First off I want everyone to acknowledge the amazing makeup work by Nikoletta Tzani. We have worked together on a few shoots together and is an amazing FX artist. This image was actually her concept for her final degree exam in which she got a first! So congrats Nikoletta.[Read More…]
Antonio Pantoja is a multi-award winning photographer and filmmaker located in Louisville, KY with a passion for horror. Despite not going to film school and only boasting an 8th-grade education, Pantoja has garnered over 50 awards for his efforts over the last 3 years.
Pantoja says that he got into horror at the ripe age of 4 years old. He was left unattended and watched The Exorcist. He was hooked but the film scared him so badly that for the next 4 years, Pantoja slept in his parent’s bed, in the middle of them, ultimately ruining their sex life. (This is why his brother, Vinnie, is 8 years younger than him.) He claims that he wants to make a movie so scary that you’d have to watch it on the toilet because “I want it to literally scare the shit out of them”. His films are described as graphic, gory, white knuckle, sucker punches. Or as he describes, “a beautiful nightmare”.[Read More…]
This week I got to do an amazing shoot with some of the best Fx makeup that I have been blessed to work with so far. How cool is this werewolf makeup by Nikoleta Tzani. And it got me thinking, how crucial makeup is not only on a shoot but to a photographer’s career. With my body of work, which a big part is fantasy and horror, I probably would not be at the point I am now without the help and support of all the makeup artists I have worked with. As I looked back through my portfolio pretty much most my images had some kind of makeup work in them. Do you regularly use a makeup artist, if so let them know that you appreciate them![Read More…]
One of the main issues of being a creative, I would say, is being a problem solver. You have an idea of what you want to create in your head. To get to that final image you have to solve a series of problems. How will I light it? Where will I get costumes from? Where will I shoot it?
Some of these problems are easy to solve. You may have a team already behind you so makeup and models are easily found. Some of you may not. We all have our own problems. Due to the genres I shoot, my biggest issue is costumes, props, and locations. Sometimes you have to learn to think outside the box to solve these issues. A long time ago I created an Evil Dead image as part of a series. My main issue in creating that was ‘where the hell am I going to find a cabin in the woods to shoot at?!’