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Heart Shaped Vinyl: The 70s (Promo)

The 1970s. Punk. Knives. Somewhat saucy photo-shoots in the office for the 1970s leg of Devious Theatre’s Heart Shaped Vinyl.

Kevin Mooney (as Jimmy Skids), Philip Brennan (as Bryan) and Alexandra Christle (as Deedee) were made for the 70s, and the subsequent shoot at The Maltings along with the final image produced really lent itself to the promo and staging.

Heart Shaped Vinyl: 70s Makeup setup. Photo: Ken McGuire
Heart Shaped Vinyl: 70s Makeup setup. Photo: Ken McGuire

The shot we were looking to get was very end-on, down the barrel, with the idea of portraying it was taken in a bed. Roll in the tables, a couch, some backdrops and a little creative photoshopping and we’ve got ourselves in gear. Makeup helps, though.

Heart Shaped Vinyl: 70s Makeup setup. Photo: Ken McGuire
Heart Shaped Vinyl: 70s Makeup setup. Photo: Ken McGuire
Heart Shaped Vinyl 70s first concept, unused. Photo: Ken McGuire
Heart Shaped Vinyl 70s first concept, unused. Photo: Ken McGuire

Confusion, handcuffs, and some very clean props. This is one of the first setups from the shoot that went unused as a way of introducing the characters in a strange three-way relationship (they’re very much separate couples, mind).

Heart Shaped Vinyl 1970s - First knife play shot
Heart Shaped Vinyl 1970s – First knife play shot

With this setup we’re closer to where we need to be in terms of showing some of the craziness of Deedee, the acceptance of Jimmy, though it’s still somewhat possessive (in fairness, she does tie him to a chair and the knife comes out to play behind the scenes.

Heart Shaped VInyl concept for 1970s - rough mockups
Heart Shaped Vinyl concept for 1970s – rough mockups

We’re getting closer here, but it’s still quite clean. The background is ditched, the lighting changed, but this was with the above image, which we ditched for the final and chosen image.

As with the 60s, and as the name suggests, we were going for the vinyl approach. The colour scheme was black and white, with a dash of pink, so the colour above needs to get ditch. Deedee looks a bit crazier when playing with the knife by herself. Add some vinyl-esque textures, dirty things up a bit, and we’ve got our final image.

Heart Shaped Vinyl final 1970s promo image, clean
Heart Shaped Vinyl final 1970s promo image, clean

We’re all friends here, right? Oh, and the final, final image?

Heart Shaped Vinyl 1970s final promotional poster. Photo: Ken McGuire
Heart Shaped Vinyl 1970s final promotional poster. Photo: Ken McGuire

This is the second in a series of posts going behind the scenes and behind the lens of Heart Shaped Vinyl by The Devious Theatre Company. Check out the 1960s production sequence here. The show performed 18-21 and 25-28 May 2016 at Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny.

 

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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