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BTS: Shooting Portraits of Celebrities at Sundance in a Tiny Tent Studio


Here’s a short 2-minute behind-the-scenes video showing how Getty’s Chief Entertainment Photographer Larry Busacca shot celebrity portraits at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Busacca had to shoot all the portraits in the same tiny, green-walled tent studio, so he had to get creative with posing to shoot unique portraits of the actors.

The speed at which Busacca had to operate was ridiculous. Tasked with shooting thousands of portraits over the course of five days, Busacca would typically have only 10 minutes with each cast (generally 6 or 7 people) for solo, group, and pairing portraits. The goal was to do it “fast enough and in a way that looks like it took an hour,” he says.

Here are some of the portraits that resulted:

Jack Black

Patrick Wilson

Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izzo

Ewan McGregor

Zachary Quinto

Saoirse Ronan

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke and Avan Jogia

Hugo Weaving

James Franco

Kevin Bacon

Anders Holm, Kris Swanberg, Cobie Smulders, Chris Webber and Gail Bean

Johnny Knoxville

Forest Whitaker and Chloe Zhao

James Marsden

You can find the entire set of 2,561 portraits over on Getty.

(via ISO 1200)