An interview with Eddy Chen, the official set photographer for HBO’s Euphoria plus rare BTS photos


Zendaya gives us Euphoria This year. “But this season isn’t easy. It won’t be a fun watch,” she said. Teen Vogue, Straight up. “It’s going to be difficult and sometimes catastrophic.” After seven tragic episodes of a love triangle, a drug recurrence, and Sydney Sweeney’s runny nose, we’re doing what she’s doing. I understand that. So when Los Angeles photographer Eddie Chen was involved in the set, he sought to bring another kind of atmosphere to the infamous gritty teen show.

“I always have four or five cameras and it looks ridiculous, but it works,” he says. “I think that’s what makes me really friendly as a still photographer. It looks ridiculous.” A playful, ready-to-use image he took — Réalisation Par’s baby T-shirt. Barbie Ferreira with a real face wearing. Pseudo-pregnant Sydney Sweeney surrounded by towering A cam rigs. Zendaya stares into the universe in a single bed and plays Zendaya as a whole — sufficient evidence for the success of his strategy.

Eddie has shot a variety of films and television throughout his Hollywood career, but nothing exactly matches his experience with Sam Levinson’s Wild Ride. Euphoria It will be the most memorable of all of them, “he says. In addition to sharing lots of invisible BTS photos, Eddie tells us about his artistic touchpoints, the fierce night shoots he endured, and some of the wildest moments of the season. talked. Can you guess which cast members were crazy about Japanese cult movie cameras? Well, you don’t have to: keep reading.

So how do you Euphoria Official set photographer?Photo producer HBO’s Craig Calefate first contacted me to see if he was interested in filming the pilot in June 2018. It was open to ideas. He thought I was right, and there have been a lot of callbacks since then!

** How did you choose your very nostalgic Instagram username @likethejetsons?
** I just love The Jetsons!! It was my favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon. Everything from their fashion sense to the mid-century-hypermodernist hybrid in architecture. So I think I always stick to me wanting to be like Jetson. I thought it was a cool band name, but unfortunately I can’t sing or play an instrument.

Sydney Sweeney and Jacob Elordi in the hospital scene with a euphoria set

Who do you look for inspiration for photography? I love black and white photography and I think Irving Penn and Richard Avedon have taken some of the most timeless black and white photography ever. Their ability to convey so many emotions without color is noteworthy. Juergen Teller is also a great modern figure. I want to be like him.

So when people see your work, what do you want them to take away from it?
Honest storytelling. I want them to feel like they were there at that moment, and I want them to be organic and intimate for that moment.

Alexa Demie in the euphoria set pool

** Did you interact with the cast other than shooting the cast?
** I think almost all of the initial interactions with the cast gave advice on which camera to get and which filmstock to use.I remember Jacob [Elordi],mode [Apatow] And I all bought the Contax G2 camera from eBay at the same time during Season 1. When they arrived from Japan, we all took them to the set and took a complete peek at it.

What was the crazy thing that happened while you were on the set? When someone robbed Seven-Eleven, we were filming a night scene in the alley. All of these helicopters were out because they were running away from the police. Then a talented member went to their car and grabbed a loaded revolver. They sat in their personal cast chair with a gun in the holster until the producer persuaded them to put it back in their car.It took in the meantime..We’re tied to an NDA so we don’t know which set it is, but it wasn’t Euphoria..

Actor in the euphoria set of the diner scene

What was the memorable moment for you on the set? Euphoria **then?
** A seemingly endless night shoots. Z runs around for a month and shoots [the extended chase scene in] Episode 5, and its crazy intervention scene. Watch the labyrinth at the church. Watching the “Holdout for Heroes” dance.And Sam [Levinson’s] Speech on the last day of shooting — seasons 1 and 2.

How do you think you have grown as a photographer from your experience shooting euphoria sets? It was a long shooting schedule. It’s about a month for each episode, so shooting for eight months can be difficult to be creative. But being surrounded by so many talented creatives every day inspired me and encouraged me to stay consistent from start to finish. I am very proud of my work.

Are you interested in capturing next? I am currently working Idol For HBO. In the future, I would like to shoot the features of the A24. We will see!

Angus Cloud and Maude Apatow behind the scenes of Euphoria
Sydney Sweeney and Maude Apatow hug animals in dressing gowns
Black and white image of Chloe Cherry behind the scenes of the Euphoria set
Zendaya kisses Hunter Schafer behind the scenes on a Euphoria set
Behind-the-scenes image of a crowd watching Lexi's play in Euphoria
Sydney Sweeney hugs Alexa Demie in black and white behind-the-scenes images
Alanna Ubach posing on the stairs of the Euphoria set
Zendaya and Maude Apatow sit on the roof of the Euphoria set
Zendaya and Hunter Schafer taking pictures with Euphoria's set
Jacob Elordi, make-up chair for Euphoria set
Maude Apatow in the spotlight on the Euphoria set
Zendaya taken by Maude Apatow on the Euphoria set
Sydney Sweeney poses with a fake pregnant belly on a euphoria set
Zendaya throwing a sign of peace
Lou's bedroom in the Euphoria set
Alexa Demie and Hunter Schafer on the red-lit pavement
Barbie Ferreira wears glasses and bites her finger
Lou, Ali, Leslie in the living room
Sydney Sweeney and her stunt double
Maude Apatow and her stunt double
Hunter Schafer smiles while in the dressing chair
Barbie Ferreira sitting on the bathroom floor
Alexa Demie, Sydney Sweeney and Barbie Ferreira pose for the rocker
Fez's grandma at the euphoria supper
Black and white images of Rue and Jules taken from behind

All images are courtesy of Eddy Chen



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