Monday, February 15, 2010

Hughes Collage

For those that have seen our film, you may not have noticed our out-of-the box technique of how we dissolved to our amazing still photography used throughout the film. Usually, jpegs of photos are brought into the editing software and then camera moves are added similar to what almost every computer slideshow program can do. Abandoning photoshop, we decided to physically mount a collage of all the photography we were able to get out hands on and license. Our goal was to create a piece that would harken back to both a yearbook, a high school locker/hallway cork board and the kind of paraphernalia that is often left when somebody passes away. We used tape, paperclips, sticky tack etc. On an extreme close-up you can see the tiny details that you wouldn't normally see if it was done using a computer. We then took a photograph of the entire wall, that we then scan across in the documentary when using a specific still during an interview. A lot of work went into it, and it's subtle, but we're very proud of the effect. Here is a close up shot of part of the wall taken with my iphone. We hope ya like it.


  1. So cool... you guys got some awesome pictures!

  2. I really enjoyed the Doc. Your crew did great work.


    Don't feel so bad that John didn't contact you back with a note. According to the first article I've linked, he didn't even return Anthony Michael Hall's calls when Hall was in Chicago.


    I'm sure you've seen these recent artciles... but just in case...

    Actors on John Hughes

    March 2010 - John Hughes Profile

    John Hughes Ficition-Writing After-Career

    John Hughes Teenage Pen Pal

  3. so wonderful- this replaces spike jonze stills as my laptop background. congratulations!

  4. Interesing blog. A key to understanding Hughes’ work is knowing the distinction between Generation X and Generation Jones (between the Boomers and Xers). Many of his films were about GenJones characters, and many in the Brat Pack were GenJonesers. This was sometimes confusing, since the same actors sometimes played GenXers (Breakfast Club) and sometimes GenJonesers (St. Elmos’s Fire) within the same year.

    Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten lots of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press' annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009. I found this page helpful because it gives a pretty good overview of recent media interest in GenJones:

    It is important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture. Many experts now believe it breaks down more or less this way:

    DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
    Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
    Generation Jones: 1954-1965
    Generation X: 1966-1978