Polaroids from Tiger Hunter the movie
I recently was hired as a 'Polaroid Consultant' on the set of a new Hollywood movie called 'Tiger Hunter,' starring a few very familiar faces- Dani Pudi from the hit comedy 'Community,' Jon Heder who played Napoleon Dynamite, and a bunch of other people that I recognized but don't really know who they are. I don't watch that much TV. My first day on set I arrived with a huge camera case full of 6 different instant cameras of various types, numerous instant films, a light meter, snacks, weird old Polaroid paraphernalia that I thought might come in handy, and a manual for the infamous Polaroid SX70 to show Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). I had three really important jobs on the set of Tiger Hunter: 1) teach Jon Heder (one of the main characters) how to use a Polaroid SX70 and Impossible Project instant film, and how to act like a photographer. 2) make sure that every camera used on set was always working properly, was loaded with enough Impossible Project instant film, and was on the sidelines ready to reload and restock film at all times. And 3) build a portfolio for the main character who was the Polaroid photographer (Napoleon Dynamite). I took photos of the actors on set, and gave the production a big stack of my own Polaroids from my personal Polaroid portfolio to use as props in and around the sets. Being the 'Polaroid Consultant' on Tiger Hunter was a really fun and overstimulating job. But I will say- walking on set my first day everyone knew who I was because they saw my numerous Polaroid tattoos. I never thought tattoos would serve as a resume, but hey Mom-- they did!! The photo above is a pretend 'selfie' I took of the three main characters. Below are images Jon Heder took during the actual filming of the movie. I think these are so interesting because they are from the actor's perspective, and show all the behind the scenes pieces that go along with filming- the camera operator, the boom operator, lighting guys holding reflectors, etc etc etc. These images weren't taken for quality, clearly- they were taken basically as props. The actor needed to act as if he were taking a real Polaroid, and a real image needed to come out of the camera. This is what came out- blurry, weird photos. The actor was not taking the time to truly focus and expose perfectly etc. His goal was to simply act like he was doing that, which is what makes these photos so weird and amazing.