Fantastic Mr. Fox Editorial
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Something “Fantastic”…

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“Apple juice…. apple juice flood…..”

It’s been a while since we’ve stretched our creative legs, too long.. So needless to say it is quite satisfying to work on an editorial project. Even more satisfying when the project is something you’ve been planning off and on for two years now…. We’ve been “flooded” with work lately and we, too, are left a little dazed and confused at times, so its nice to do something for us once in a while!

Jess and I are huge Wes Anderson fans and our favorite work of his is Fantastic Mr. Fox; an ultra quirky stop-motion film, starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman. Based on the Roald Dahl children’s book of the same name, the story revolves around a cunning and witty fox and his family. Fox gets in over his head when he tries to pull off one last heist and so begins his wild story of survival. We have always enjoyed the humor and creativity of the movie, but what we appreciated most was the minute details Anderson used in telling his story. Every last coffee cup and whisker was handmade for the film, showing a dedication to a well thought out concept. That’s something BlackBird can appreciate and that attention to detail was the inspiration for our latest editorial.

We had to reign in ourselves, because we could have spent hundreds of hours and dollars trying to replicate the minuscule detail of the film, but we did have to throw in several allusions to the movie. We hand-painted apples, created “Bean’s Secret Cider”, made “Mrs. Bean’s Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps”, and even cooked a “Squab”.  We first intended on setting up a huge fake wedding themed around Fantastic Mr. Fox, but that seemed a little overzealous. We instead tried to picture what a date with Mr. and Mrs. Fox would have been like, while keeping it from being too literal and losing people who may not have seen the film. Case in point: There was always an engagement theme underlying, but we had an “a-ha” moment when we were taking the set down. There is a scene near the end of the movie where Kylie (Mr. Fox’s opossum sidekick) forgets to bring some blueberries along, throwing a wrench into their master plan. Fox points out that he reminded Kylie and he even wrote on his paw. This gave birth to the idea of the proposal shot, which is my personal favorite of the bunch. To me, it ties the film and the shoot together neatly and really conveys what I wanted to share.

All that said, If you enjoy the photos, give the film a viewing also! Its a great film that all ages can enjoy and laugh with. In my opinion those are the best!

And lastly, a HUGE thank you to Katelyn Smith and James Bertucci! Katelyn, as you may know, has worked on several projects with us over the years and continues to be our muse. Who would of thought this was James’ first modeling gig. He was incredibly easy to work with and made our jobs such a breeze. They knocked it out of the park! You guys were absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t have imagined a better Mr. Fox and Felicity. Thank you to Jessica’s mother Delilah for a few extra props to add to our wonderful dinner table and lastly to Jessica for helping me realize a weird little obsession with a silly little movie. Her tireless work on all the intricate details and copious planning  with me made this shoot a reality! We couldn’t be more proud of the results!

Now to the pictures!

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Thanks for looking!

3 Comments
  • Mary Pitts Parker
    Posted at 07:56h, 21 October

    Love the pictures. You do such wonderful work ..

  • JESSICA SMITH
    Posted at 09:54h, 21 October

    Bravo!!!! I love the creativity here. Great job.

    • blackbirdphoto1
      Posted at 11:37h, 21 October

      Thank you!