POSTER SHOTS

As a sti lls pho­tographe r, one of He­len’s tas ks is to ta ke the poste r sh ots to pub­li­cize ea ch new se ries . But how do you cap­ture these dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ters in just tw o-and-a-ha lf min­utes ?

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“I think when you’re deal­ing with ac­tors you have to re­mem­ber you’re not shoot­ing the fa­mous per­son, you’re shoot­ing the

char­ac­ter. You’re shoot­ing Arya Stark or you’re shoot­ing Jon Snow. That’s who’s in your stu­dio: it’s not Kit Har­ing­ton, it’s Jon Snow. As a stills pho­tog­ra­pher you have to be good at work­ing peo­ple out quickly, be­cause ev­ery sin­gle per­son that you shoot has ad­if­fer­ent per­son­al­ity, they work in a dif­fer­ent way. Dif­fer­ent things make them com­fort­able. You al­most have a check­list in your head of what each cast mem­ber likes when they come into the stu­dio and how they like to work, what helps them to slip into char­ac­ter. Some peo­ple will go into the stu­dio and we just won’t speak be­cause when they’re in char­ac­ter some woman with a mod­ern cam­era doesn’t ex­ist in that world, be­cause they’re in the world of Gameof

Thrones where there are no cam­eras! I’m charmed be­cause I’ve been on this job for seven years, so I know the cast and I know how they work and that speeds the process up a lot. All of which en­ables me to do a poster shoot in two and a half min­utes!”

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