ITV’s programming features some of British television’s most beloved actors, and those stars are at the center of the network’s major ad push to promote the fall season. Jim Fiscus shot the print component of the campaign, working on location in a suitably evocative room in a rambling English house built in the 1700s.
The print shoot was spread over a week to coincide with the actors’ schedules. Jim’s challenge was to plan out a rectangular composition and each person’s placement within it, but to shoot the actors one by one as they were available.
“Each person came in and stood in their designated spot to be photographed. I had already customized the lighting to work across the rectangle,” he explains. “There were no digital tricks. Each person was a simplified layer in the final image.”
The shoots went swiftly—usually no more than a few minutes each. When Jim shot Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville on the first day, for example, he fired off 22 frames in around 30 seconds and got what he needed. It helped that many of the actors already knew Jim, who has been one of Channel 4’s go-to key-art photographers.
Jim also managed to squeeze in some quick portrait sittings for his portfolio, including one of Jim Carter, who plays buttoned-up butler Carson on Downton Abbey. The funny thing is Carter wasn’t part of this ITV shoot—he was in another room, dressed in character, doing on-air promotion for Downton and walked through a door that happened to lead into Jim’s set. Jim took the opportunity to photograph him. Here’s a look…
Originally published here.