I organized a photo shoot where we would recreate the character Radagast the Brown from the Hollywood movie The Hobbit. I’ve always had a soft spot for fantasy books and movies. J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is no exception and is somewhere on the top 3 of my all-time-favorites list. I’ve read the book cover to cover three times and have watched the movies twice. While I did enjoy the books immensely, the movies were a bit of a disappointment because of a common disease I call “Hollywoodization”. On my second run, I watched the movies from a slightly different perspective. I enjoyed the stunningly beautiful world, the elegant costumes and how masterfully everything was lit and color graded. I was so inspired that I had to make some images!
One of my all time dreams is to produce a movie poster for some prestigious movie and while a poster for a Hollywood movie would be the climax in my career, reality always kicks in. That will not happen in a while, but I need to start from somewhere! The best way is to practice, practice, rinse and repeat and maybe… just maybe my work will get noticed by some of the movie producers and I get a chance to show that their movie will greatly benefit from my creativity and skills.
For this project, the concept was quite simple: recreate the character Radagast the Brown from the movie with some modifications to the final look and feel. Props and costumes will be made from scratch and from old props, I received from the Finnish National Opera, with some modifications. The main focus was on the hat and I knew my skills were not up to the task so I asked the talented Noora Hannus to collaborate. When the costumes were ready, all it took were a few trips to the forest to collect some moss and twigs and we were ready to shoot. The talent (Mikael Karlbom) was shot (pun intended) in studio, but the background for the final image was a collection of three out-of-focus images shot in the local woods.
So let’s get cracking!
Model: Mikael Karlbom
MUA&H: Valentina Kuula / Making Hell
Styling (hat & staff): Noora Hannus
Photography and videography: Jukka Alasaari Photography
Behind the scenes footage:
The final composite image: