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Please watch the movie [link] before looking at these behind the scenes shots

Some backstage photos of my short movie Fragments. Most photos were shot by our assistant Francesca Palazzi and are reproduced here with her permission.

You can see the three Canon 5D Mk II cameras used for recording (most of the time, we used only two), equipped with their 85mm f1.8 lenses. Sébastien, the second camera operator, also owns a 70-200 f2.8 lens.

Everything is lit by available light, where the walls hit by direct sunlight act as reflectors. Therefore, when the models don't face these walls, we need to bounce back the already bounced light with a reflector.

When recording, I like to leave some space for improvisation, even though it must fit the scenario. Sébastien can therefore propose some shots if he has ideas and it's always refreshing to get another view on your scene. The assistant, Francesca, is also a pro photographer. She can take time to shoot whatever she wants as well ;)

I think that it's quite important when you collaborate with friends to give them some responsibility and to discuss their propositions. In the end, it must fit what I have in mind but there are always good ideas coming up.

It's exactly the same for actors. Stéphanie suggested that Laurent would spit the ball, which actually added a lot of sense to my storyboard. Finally, the end sequence is partly improvised, from the time she stands up again with her eyes close. Since we don't record sound, I keep directing the actors while they play, refining their poses if necessary.

© 2010 Francesca Palazzi / JS Monzani - all rights reserved
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:iconfrecklefaced29:
frecklefaced29 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blowkiss: weeeee!
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
:smooch:
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:iconmetalinquisitor:
Metalinquisitor Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Beautiful work!
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconphilcopain:
philcopain Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Toujours sympas les photos de backstage ;)
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Merci
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SensoryCore Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Awesome. This is what im talking about. idea, plan, excute! :D I love your description. I love your methodology. Great work!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :dance:
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......:love:
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
;) thanks
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
hihih!! excellent ^^ J'adore voir les coulisses des films et photographies!! =D
On se rend compte que c'est toujours un boulot monstre et que rien n'est laissé au hasard!
Et puis c'est un peu le shooter shooté :p
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
;) merci.

Ca me fait plaisir d'avoir quelques photos de moi aussi, je dois dire ;)
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:iconhadriel45:
Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Ah ah! On y prend gout :p
Ça change de ne plus être derrière l'objectif ^^
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Haha je n'irai pas jusqu'à dire que j'aime poser quand même :)
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As-3 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Photographer
I love how professional and controlled your set is. Im a high school student filmmaker and the director that I had to work under was a very spur of the moment kind of person. He never had things running smoothly.
This next school year I will have been in the class long enough to be a directer myself so I plan to run things using this as an example :) If you have any tips whatsoever I would love to hear them! :D
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Have fun, then :)

For tips, interviews, etc... check my website:
[link] - check the first three interviews.
[link]

:wave:
JS
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As-3 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Student Photographer
Thank you :)
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:icon7dec:
7dec Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Photographer
cool
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) thanks
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thezulu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Merci de nous faire partager ça ;)
C'est sympa est intéressant :)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Je suis content que ça te plaise :nod:
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BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
I Love BTS shots :D Thank you for sharing!!
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
^_^ you're welcome
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augustrush008 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The 5th photo on the right is just breathtaking
amazing
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, I love it too. It's similar to what we have in the video.
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x-MirRor-MemOriEs-x Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Really neat! I agree with the improvisation and how important it is to give collaborators freedom in some things, it does produce a lot more ideas to work with.
And I love how amazing these (and the movie) look with the simplest of lighting.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
:aww: Thank you
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DreamJ Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
C'est beau n'empêche sans dec, de savoir ce qui se passe derrière la scène, enfin hors champ ^^
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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Bmoons Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
The movie is splendid. Congratulations to whole squad.
It's very interesting to see how you work. Already I can see this space of nowhere ;):)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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cyrusdavirus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
lv all ur short clips¬ very inspiring..rite now im doin same short clip too.. when it done, would like u to gv some oppinion about it¬
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Sure, send me a message once it's done :)
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cyrusdavirus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
owkey!
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cyrusdavirus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
lv all ur short clips¬ very inspiring..rite now im doin same short clip too.. when it done, would like u to gv some oppinion about it¬
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crh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thanx for these backstage shots and notes, they are giving some insight to your work, which I love. looking at the shots above, it is a storyboard of it's own to me ;-)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
^_^
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northangel27 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love seeing the process behind the art! Thanks for sharing.
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :)
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PureBlackLove Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
the short movie is amazing... and I just adore this backstage!! ^_____^ bravo!!!
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for watching it :)
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gfx-shady Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist
very nice shoots pic .... i hope nice time ....:)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you ^_^
Yes, it was quite a nice time, everyone was happy to collaborate and had fun :)
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gfx-shady Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist
welcome any time .... i hope nice time ...:iconflowerplz:
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LuBo75 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
just love these photos...:)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
;) Thanks. Hope you liked the movie as will :giggle:
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LuBo75 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I just watch it...read my comment :)
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cupidonoir Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
magnifique on s'y croirait :)
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Héhé ;)
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ahmed-Alsheme Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Amazing!
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