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From left, Krisna Angulo, Bhagavan Angulo, Jagadesh Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo and Govinda Angulo, from the documentary, "The Wolfpack," photographed in the L.A. Times studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Avery Phillips from "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," Mora Stephens, director, "Zipper," Brooklyn Decker, "Results" and Maika Monroe from, "It Follows," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Alexander Skarsgard from "A Diary of a Teenage Girl," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Jessica Williams from the movie "People, Places, Things," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Bel Powley from "A Diary of a Teenage Girl," Kodi Smit-McPhee, "Slow West," Ann Leigh Tipton, "Mississippi Grind" and Jemaine Clement, "Don Verdean" photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

"Zipper" actor Richard Dreyfuss photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Kristen Wiig, "A Diary of a Teenage Girl," Winona Ryder, "Experimenter," Toni Collette, "Glassland" and Leslie Bibb, "Don Verdean," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Connie Britton, from left, Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler and Molly Shannon, from, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2105 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Dianna Agron, "Zipper," Jack Black, "D Train," Kristin Wiig, "Nasty Baby" and Ezra Miller, "Stanford Prison Experiment," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Albert Kong, Teo Yoo, Rosalina Leigh, director Ben Lee (glasses), Jessika Van, Justin Chon and Esteban Ahn from the movie "Seoul Searching," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Director Michael Almereyda, with the film, "Experimenter," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Joseph Fiennes, "Strangerland," Johnny Knoxville, producer, "Being Evel," Kate Dickie, "The Witch," and Bobcat Goldthwait, director of the documentary "Call Me Lucky," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Andrea and Gia Gadsby, from the film, "People, Places, Things," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Karine Vanasse from "The Forbidden Room," photographed in the L.A. Times photo & video studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Kellan Lutz, "Experimenter," Common, Ken Jeong, "Advantageous," Malin Akerman, "I'll See You in My Dreams," photographed in the L.A. Times photo studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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Behind the lens | Jay L. Clendenin builds a studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

By Jay L. Clendenin

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which concluded this past weekend, marked our third year having a portrait and video studio, and the numbers were right on target with the previous year, shooting 279 portraits related to 75 movies.

During my usual workweek at The Times, I’m often tasked with shooting a handful of portraits, many of them celebrities for the Calendar section. Over the course of five days in Park City, Utah, home of the preeminent film festival, I shot 193 single portraits, 33 doubles (two people) and 53 groups of three or more people, keeping the studio open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Individual shoots are short, usually completed in 3 to 4 minutes, totaling no more than 30 pictures between the three cameras. Then I move on to shoot a cast/group shot. This all totaled about 6,000 files over the five days.

The studio space was very similar to last year, so I utilized it in a similar way, with a 10-foot-wide background as my main background and then five movable  backgrounds and a sixth one mounted to an adjoining wall. I used binder clips to hold together two quarter-inch-thick, 4-by-8-foot foam core boards and then wrapped painted canvases over the boards, securing them with binder clips and gaffer tape. These canvases were used for my single portraits. This year, I also added a GoPro camera to the mix, recording a time-lapse of the individual portrait sessions, making a video with an edit of approximately 100 portraits.

As always, I spent daylight hours inside the four walls of the studio and most nights reviewing the day’s work, backing up hard drives and coordinating the next day’s schedule with publicists. I didn’t get to see any movies during the festival, but once again I felt lucky to meet and work with so many of today’s talented actors and filmmakers.

Gear used:
1-Canon EOS 5d Mark III
1-Canon EOS 1dX
1-Canon EOS 5d Mark II
1-GoPro Hero II
1-Canon 24-70mm II 2.8 lens
1-Canon 45mm 2.8 TS lens
1-Canon 85mm 1.2 lens
Lighting:
2-Dynalite 1000w packs
1-medium soft box
1-small strip soft box
1-small soft box
1-2×3 white bounce card

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