Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009:

Today we did the hair and make-up camera test. In the film, Ginsberg ages approximately seven years, so we were testing out both the younger Columbia grad look and the older post-Howl bearded look on the actor portraying Ginsberg, James Franco. We also did a hair and make-up test for the actor playing Jack Kerouac. The transformation was extraordinary, as the crew watched the characters of Ginsberg and Kerouac come to life. The make-up and hair stylists even made James Franco's ears stick out, just like Ginsberg's.

Today was also a chance for our remarkable DP Ed Lachman (Oscar nominated for Far From Heaven) to shoot the make-up tests and see how the make-up, hair and costumes look on film. There are number of different film stocks he tested that we're using throughout the movie - 35 mm color for the trial reenactments, 35mm black and white for the Six Gallery reading of Howl, and Super-16 for the flashbacks of Allen's life.

It's only a matter of days before principal photography begins and everyone is working tirelessly to make sure that we're all ready to go on Monday...Stay tuned.

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