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The Story Behind That Picture: "The Hollywood Murder"

By: Thorsten Overgaard. July 13, 2014

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The making of "head shots" (portraits done in a direct manner) in Hollywood seems to be a big thing. No aspiring/professional actor or model can live without "head shots" that show their current look and personality. The head shots go to producers, directors and others in the movie industry who look for talent to cast in television series, movies and commercials.

I think a photograph should be unique and should show a persons soul and personality - no matter if the person in the image is an actor, CEO or a housewife appearing in a magazine article. We all love to study people and "read" out of their faces who they are and what they are made of.

Hence, I used the same approach when I first photographed american actor Terence Hines, and last week we met for the third time to do a series of images. We have stopped calling them "head shots", though we will do a few of those traditional must-haves. However, the style drifted off to editorial style storytelling.


Selling Talent

We have found that this actually works well in showing what else an actor can do. So as to show directors, managers and others what the person can also do. And I will be doing some more with other actors in Hollywood next month in August 2014 when I return.

Terence Hines is known as a happy face, as in his latest movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". So we wanted to show him as an angry and tough person. Despite his jolly, clean cut image, he grew up in the Detroit ghetto, so he knows how to look that part.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Terence Hines
Terence Hineswith Ben Stiller in his latest movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".


I know from when I look for models that you look for someone who is doing the exact thing, and looking the part, of what you are looking for. How would you imagine that someone who doesn't look like what you are looking for, could be the one?

So that is what I want to show. I like working with actors because they can take on a character and mood and stay in it for several minutes. Then you can take a coffee break, and right after you can ask them to do the exact same thing again - cry, be angry, look confused, happy or whatever - and they will do it!

So I asked Terence Hines what he could do and what people didn't know, so that was what we set forth to do. We did quite alot in a couple of hours and in the same hotel location. So he has something to use for his website and presentations, and I also made this small picture story here, costarring American actress and singer Joy Villa. I actually wrote the hotel manager a letter with this story, and he liked it so much I thought you might also enjoy it!


As illustrated in this letter to the hotel manager of the Castle on Franklin Avenue in Holywood:


Dear Hotel Manager,


Just to let you know. The bear the guest reported they

had heard on the 6th floor yesterday was not a bear but

a detective team solving a criminal case in their

highly respected and very unique way ...


Detective Hines applying his unique talent to the murder case. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.


The dead body in the parking lot was identified and

all clues to the murder were collected ...


© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. This photo is available light from the parking basement and the blue LED light from the flashlight. Some might recognize the arm of the corpse, and a well-known crime series director actually asked to get the orange cone sent to him for his series recording in San Francisco! (so you might see it appear somewhere).


The talented and very eccentric Detective First Grade,

Mr. Hines used his unique skills to find the missing pieces ...


© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0. This photo is with available soft light from the windows covered with white curtails.


The answer to the mystery was found in the Princess room ...

... on the 5th floor inside the Castle at Franklin Avenue. Just as Mr. Hines had predicted!

As predicted. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.




Another case solved nice and quietly...

The dead body disposed in the garden and life can go on.




Stay tuned for another episode ...

... of eccentric murder cases in the Castle on on Franklin

© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.


... featuring new hot steamy Hollywood talent ...


Robin hanging out on the set, hoping to be discovered for a future episode. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.





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Above: Terence Hines in character, in Hollywood. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.



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