HOW I GOT
VICTORIA WILL LIGHTS BRAD PITT WITH THE PROFOTO D1
In 2013, Brad Pitt came to New York City to
promote his film World War Z, an apocalyptic
action film about a zombie pandemic. There
was a lot of hype surrounding the film, and I
was happy to be invited to a press junket at
a local hotel along with journalists and other
photographers. But these shoots are always
a challenge; I’m often not told what kind of
room we’ll shoot in, what clothes the subject
will wear or how much time we’ll have. Because of this, I always show up
early and prepared for any situation.
I was assigned a room in the hotel, and, upon opening the door, had to
think fast. The room was tiny with floral wallpaper and no furniture except
a table with simple chairs. I pushed aside the furniture and tracked down
a chaise lounge in a nearby room. Luckily, the room I was assigned had a
window, so I set up the lounge by the natural light filtering on the floor.
When Brad arrived, I directed him to the lounge to quickly begin. The
sunlight casted enough light on the floor, but it wasn’t quite enough to
illuminate the actor. Adding a bareheaded Profoto D1 moonlight, angled
upwards to bounce off the ceiling, plus a Profoto Collapsible Silver/White
Reflector (positioned on the silver side, held by my assistant to the right) I
was able to make the dim, small hotel setting suit my needs.
When I need to make a portrait under pressure, I rely on the Profoto D1
monolights. They gave me the quality of light I want and the control I need,
and they are compact and intuitive to use. They allow me to focus on my
subjects and to not get lost in the equipment.
To learn more about the Profoto D1 monolights, please visit
www.profoto.com. See more from Victoria Will at www.victoriawill.com.