This was a relatively easy shot to pose for. The hard part was finding some 70's style
wire-framed glasses. Luckily, we found a pair of sunglasses at a 99 cent store on our way
to Jeff's office (the location of the photoshoot).
Now, we needed a cigarette. Jeff actually remembered that one of
his employees smoked, so we snuck over to her desk to see if a spare pack was
lying around. The good news was that we found one. The bad news was that it was the
last one in the pack. We didn't feel good about swiping her last cig, so we improvised.
First, a sheet of white paper measured and cut to the proper cigarette length. Said
sheet was rolled to the proper cigarette diameter and then closed with clear scotch
tape. Lastly, we found a magazine in a nearby trashcan that had an image with some
red in it, so we cut that out, crumpled it up, and stuck it in the tip of our faux
cigarette. Voila! Chief Brody's cigarette was complete. Now, back to the sunglasses.
The tricky part turned out
to be trying to remove the tinted lenses. They felt like they were literally glued
onto the frames. I was really worried we were going to break them if we tried too
hard, so we took a few shots with the lenses in, and then a couple more sans glasses.
Once we were sure those shots worked, Jeff then attempted to remove the tinted lenses,
and after some carefully applied pressure, lo! he succeeded! So we shot a final set
of pics with the lenses removed, and that's what we wound up using for the calendar.
As I said, posing for this shot was fairly easy once we had both props. The tricky
part was trying to reconstruct the shark as seen through my right eyeglass lens.
In the original, Brody obviously has real lenses in his glasses, as you can tell
from the glint and slight distortion. However, since our fake glasses didn't have
lenses in them, and were at a slightly different angle than the originals, Jeff had
to use some Photoshop fakery to construct the view through that lens. He also had
to build some fake water for behind my ear.