Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Today sees the release of Blumhouse’s new horror film Happy Death Day. For those that haven’t heard of it Happy Death Day revolves around “Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.” Upon seeing the trailer we were certainly intrigued and when it got closer to October the thought of doing a photoshoot based on it was something Amber really thought would be fun. So here we are.
So the original concept of the shoot was to “kill” Amber in a variety of ways (dream come true) to mimic the way the girl from the film is repeatedly murdered. So we shot a lot of different stuff that mirrored scenes in the film. We had a few “kills” shot and some other in between “story” stuff to connect it. However when it came time to edit the photos, I realized two things, one, the film seems to be a bit light hearted to an extent (keep in mind neither of us had seen anything from the film other than the trailer so we were taking a chance here) and some of the kill stuff we shot after looking it over all looked pretty damn good but some of it on it’s own was definitely a bit grislier than I expected. The second thing that came to mind was that we needed a way to use these photos without them coming off as too tone deaf to this weeks current events that have dealt with Hollywood and the unmasking of the abuse women have faced over the years culminating in this scumbag Harvey Weinstein saga. So I didn’t totally feel comfortable just posting a number of solo “snuff” dead body photos for lack of a better term no matter how cool the photo may have been. Even though they looked brutal, Amber and I had a lot of fun and laughs shooting this stuff because face it we are both die hard horror fans and for us it was like shooting our own little horror movie scenes. So it’s always honestly like a little dream come true for me when we get to do this stuff together. Still with this weeks news being what it was I mentioned this to Amber and she agreed and understood that it would be better to kind of alter the idea a bit, so I had to go back to the drawing board and get the most out of these photos because we still really liked them and didn’t want to waste them of course.
So the next move seemed pretty obvious once I thought about it. Utilize them to make a poster. This way I could utilize a group of the images without them being so jarring just as solo imagery. While it wouldn’t be a poster that could possibly be used officially in the way my other posters are, due to having Amber in it who is obviously not in the film. I still approached creating it in the same manner. It took a while to really figure out what to do and how to fit all these shots in one image, so thanks to some brainstorming with a couple pals (thanks Ryley and Matt) I decided to go the Polaroid route. It may not have much to do with the film, but it was achieving what was needed as I put it together and allowed me to get many of the best shots Amber and I took into the image. She really was a trooper through this shoot. doing whatever it took to get the shots, never ragging on me or complaining about what I was doing to get the shot we needed (a shocker in itself because I am pretty sure that’s one of her favorite hobbies) When it was all said and done, I think we finally came up with something we both are happy with and still keeps in tune with the spirit of the movie (or at least it’s trailer!) and overall it is just a cool image which is what we set out to make in the first place. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it. We have also included a couple extra bonus photos.