Method Modeling: Capturing a Character
“You've got to learn how to smoke the cigarette, not act smoking the cigarette. You need to drink the drink, not act drinking the drink. You've got to do things and not show them.”
- James Dean (on Method Acting)
One could argue that modeling isn’t technically acting. But isn’t it, though?
Do you think sweet little Sophie from London (who adorably exclaimed “Umm… it’s leaking!” about a cow taking a tinkle) could’ve convinced you she was completely comfortable leaning on a cattle pen without doing a little acting? Or that Kaylin could believably morph from Penny Lane to a Space Cowgirl to the likes of Leslie Benedict without a little conscious role-playing? We may be shooting photographs rather than films, but it’s still critical that our gals get into character.
Prior to every shoot, our photographer Alan Foreman has been giving this exact same James Dean pep-talk to our models since long before we took on Giant. Naturally, it felt especially ironic -- and a little meta, to be honest -- to be shooting Wildcatter and instructing the girls to channel JD with words spoken by the legend himself.
Here are some shots of Alan instructing Kaylin to do the Dean: