Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Volk's Game

by Brent Ghelfi // Picador

Top photograph by Henry Sene Yee
Model in white wig: LeeAnn Falciani
Gun courtesy of Steve Snider
Moscow photograph by Kevin Kelley / GettyImages

In a thriller set in Modern Russia, Alexei Volkovoy—known to the underworld as Volk, is a feared gun-for-hire. But who they really fear is his partner-in-crime and lover. A wild-eyed, white-haired young female assassin. I thought that she would be an interesting character to focus on. The fun part was having my designer LeeAnn pose for a quick shoot with a platinum wig and a plastic toy gun that Steve had laying around from another photo shoot. I had to Photoshop out the orange capped tip and replace it with a real muzzle. Overall I went for a lighter "Bourne Identity" movie poster feel.

A mention of the "photo shoot" was linked on The Book Design Review Blog. Thanks Joe.


Anonymous said...

This looks great! I thought it was for "Pulp Fiction 2"!

Anonymous said...

the best part is that nobody knows that it isn't a wig!

Anonymous said...

Steve owns a gun?? LeeAnn looks awesome in that wig, she should go blonde.

Anonymous said...

Did they intentionally make the model look like a Volks Dollfie??

because that is what i perceived it as, before i ever read the title. the posing was basic, the wig apparent, and the eyes either made up to look enlarged, or were shopped.

if so, only vaguely clever considering the title.

H3NR7 said...

I never heard of a Volks Dolffie before. What a crazy coincidence. Thanks for the heads up. But no, making it look like a doll was not my intention and yes, LeeAnn's eyes are that big.

LeeAnn said...

I've never heard of a Volks Dollfie either. What a coincidence! But thank you for the compliment anonymous, the Volks Dollfies are very nice to look at! As for the eyes, it would require some pretty amazing photoshop skills to get my eyes to look so real...yes those are my eyes, and i guess they are big, so, thank you again for another compliment!! I guess this was a combination of a great photographer and model ;)

Anonymous said...

Why everyone and their dog use photos of that goddamn cheesy Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat to represent "russianness" of their media-goods? It's cheesy. It looks like wedding cake decorated by stoned toy's designer.

Ah, nevermind.