This was one of the easier pics to Photoshop my head into, since it was
framed on both sides by the broken door that Jack Nicholson had just hacked through.
I held a piece of white cardboard against my face to simulate that I
was actually pressing my face through a hole in an newly axed door.
The hard part was trying to look insanely crazy. I thought I was looking
psycho enough, but Jeff kept telling me to go even more over the top. When I finally
dialed the crazy-meter up to eleven, we got the pic we eventually used. Looking
at the before and after pics, I now wish I would have remembered to have that
tiny wisp of hair coming down my forehead and over my eye.
In the pic below, you can see what our photoshoot looked like. I would sit in
a chair with a white piece of foam board behind me. Then, Jeff would look at
a printout of the original frame and try to position his lights to match the lighting as
closely as possible. You can see one of the lights on a very high pole on the
left side. The digital camera would normally be on the tripod seen on
the right, but he removed it in order to take this behind-the-scenes photo.
In retrospect, it probably would have made cropping out the various head shots
easier if we had used a greenscreen or bluescreen. That's what the pros do.