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Sucker Punch Behind The Scenes

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 7, 2012, 1:12 PM

Although I would love it if you watched the video, it shows no where near as much work as was put into this shoot. Some of this is embarrassing but I love reading about people's mistakes and how they overcame them. So here are mine.

I bought the costume last November, thinking I would be able to shoot the next week, edit easy peasy and be done in a month. Right.

I booked the first model several times over the course of 3 months but she flaked every time. I'm actually quite happy, as Laura turned out to be PERFECT, easy going, and an overall better model. Laura was kind enough to shoot with me twice, as I was hesitant about the poses I picked out. We kept some, threw out others and added new ones for the second time around.

For the WWI shot, I first tried to make the Notre Dame ruins by hand or find realistic models used for game tables. Turns out no one buys them anymore and thus I had no luck finding one. I attempted to make it out of sticks and foam… The results should make you happy that I am a photographer and not an engineer.

The best day of shooting was probably going to the Aviation museum to photograph WWI planes for stock. I'd never seen such old planes and I even got to sit in a 747!

Onto the train shot. Oh lawd.
This picture took SO much more work than it looks. Originally, I thought I would be able to finish this in a week. Turns out it took three weeks, plus tears and a loss of 6 pounds due to stress. Everything in this picture was hand made. No stock images were used.

The structure of the train was built by my boyfriend. I made a first version of it but it looked so bad I asked him if he could do it (thank god he's an engineer). I can't build anything without it looking floppy, bent, or like it's going to collapse any second (usually does). I couldn't even give his justice with my fail painting skills.

The robots were just wooden anatomy dolls painted silver and manipulated a little in photoshop to make them look more "roboty".

The flying bits of metal were made out of egg shell painted with silver. I first tried it with broken mirror bits, but the pieces were too flat and ended up looking like glass. I like the results of the egg shell as they are curved similar to a robot's head, arm, etc.

I edited the train image 18 times over the course of 50 hours until I was happy with the results.

Thank you all for being so patient. I would never be able to endure an 8 month ordeal without all of your support. Even more importantly, thank you to my family and friends who continue to help me regardless of how stressed or neurotic I become. I love you all.

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styuvee Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
which lens did you use to click the model for the train pic?
crazy stuff btw :)
Photo-By-L Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
WOW, Amazing :D
I want to do it like you, but I can't =w="
It's look too difficult for me - -*
d415izmyne Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Not only are you beautiful but your extremely talented. I love your work. It really shows in your work how much you love what you do. You TRUELY are u great artist and an inspiration.
fractalista Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic, love watching you work - you really know how bring the fantasy foward. And last but not least - you sure do work hard - very talented lady!
KeshaM87 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Is it ok to use the name of the movie Sucker Punch and their character in your design. Is that copyright infringement, do we need permission to do this? Your work is Amazing!
michellemonique Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
No. If that were true, cosplay would be illegal.
KeshaM87 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
o. ok, thanks. i was just curious, iwas not being funny, ijust like your work. ok. bye =)
michellemonique Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
I know, thanks :) I was having a bad day sorry ;p
Kevin-Welch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
These are always so good to watch. Thanks.
Salient-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a lot of effort into a series of photos but the end results are SOOOOOO worth it. You are way too talented to only be 20. I wish I hadn't waited so long in my life to figure out what I love to do. Then again, when I started out we hadn't even heard of a gigabyte. :) Also, I love that you started as not wanting to take mirror pics. That cracks me up. My nieces do that all the time and are always bored. Well, I guess you're a great example of what someone can do with that desire to not be bored or the same. :)
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