Nels Israelson Returns for Red 2
Like actors Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, photographer Nels Israelson reprised his role for Red 2, shooting the action-comedy film's posters.
"It simply does not get any better than working with such an eminent cast," Israelson remarked. "They are all consummate professionals, extremely gracious and sweet, and were clearly enjoying their roles and the wackiness of the story – but we also have to make effective use of the cast's valuable time, and bring concepts that do right by their characters. In the end my biggest reward is when all these pieces fit together, as with the Helen Mirren setup where she's wearing a glamourous evening gown with these crazy industrial gloves."
Israelson prepared for the sequel by poring over the screenplay "and inhaling whatever reference material is available ... for this one, it was a completely new story, with new cast members, a new director, and a broader range of settings." He sometimes depicts scenes that aren't necessarily from the movie: "This often means we're taking a leap of faith about what might work."
Recently, he's also turned his lens on Tom Oar, Marty Meierotto, Charlie Tucker, and Rich Lewis of the History Channel series "Mountain Men."
"While they may be less practiced at being in front of a camera, these men had no shortage of real character and depth that made for compelling images," Israelson said. "Shooting them on a subfreezing, stormy day in the Rocky Mountains provided a great perspective: I was worrying about my batteries dying and these gentlemen were completely at home. Plus, I think they were partly tolerating the process of being photographed because it gave them some chill-time away from their hard-core daily chores."
Client: Summit Entertainment
Agency: BLT Communications
Creative Director: Ronnie Blumenberg