In addition to taking photos and acting, I also have recently been called upon to create violence! Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is putting on a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, featuring some super-talented actors and put together by an amazing production team. I have the honor of designing and directing the fights in the play! There's a lot of violence in Romeo and Juliet, and I've been very busy working with actors, drawing little sword fighting stick figures, and trying to explain to props how "the stick should break in half and be jagged, but not actually dangerous." Also, it is definitely the first time I've asked the question "but how can we get the rock to bleed?"
Yesterday I was able to use some space at NEC to choreograph a fight between Lord Capulet and Lord Montague in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. Sometimes this fight is nonexistent, or sometimes the two old patriarchs just shake their swords at each other, but in this case we have two strong young actors playing these parts, (Brennan Loweryas Capulet and Avery Bargar as Montague) so we thought it would be cool to see them hit each other with sticks. I got to play double-duty as fight director and photographer and this is what we got:
I used my 5D MK III with a combination of the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II and Sigma ART 50mm 1.4 lenses- both shot admirably sharp wide open. The 5D handled the moderately high ISO settings of around 800 very well also. Look for Romeo and Juliet at The Strand Theatre on May 29th and May 30th 2015!