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.
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.
** 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..
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!
All images are courtesy of Eddy Chen