By now, you’ve heard that author’s best-selling book, The Help was released in movie theaters around the country. Early numbers show, it is going be a huge hit.
When we think about a movie, we rarely discuss the film’s filmographer.
One of the filmographers for The Help is Dale Robinette. The first seven of these photographs were taken by him. You can tell that he loves taking pictures of the women.
In honor of a movie about women going after their dreams I am featuring 8 of The Help’s still images and why they are great –
1. Hilly and Skeeter
Notice how Dale’s image make you feel like you are standing right there watching the argument? You can almost feel the temperature. Quality photography makes the viewer feel somehow involved in the moment.
Photo by Dale Robinette — © DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC
What is captured in this image tells a story of time. Note the whiteout she is holding in her left hand.
3. Aibileen and Minny
Notice how the light captures part of their faces so you are naturally drawn to look at their expressions. You can feel the love of the two characters.
4. Pascagoula, Charlotte and Skeeter
Notice how the brightness of the shot implies that this is early morning and Skeeter is going to be in those rollers all day.
5. Jolene, Hilly, Aibileen, Elizabeth, and Skeeter
Notice again how Dale uses light to draw us to the expression on Hilly’s face — the same light that flows through the window treatment behind her where Abileen is standing.
6. Celia and Minny
Again the white light is focused on Celia’s face which makes her look angelic and fragile.
7. Hilly, Missus Walters and Minny
This image reminds me of the iconic Beatles image where they are crossing the street. We are drawn to look at all three and notice that they are in line according to how Hilly views them in importance in her life.
Again notice how the lighting creates a halo effect around her face and captures her innocence.
These images are great examples of how lighting can help direct the eye, set the tone, and create a story.
What are some of your favorite images from the movie The Help?
Until next photo,