Behind the scenes (and lens) at the Sundance Film Festival
Greetings from Sundance!
I come for the energy, the movies and my fellow volunteers who have become like family to me. And, I come to be surrounded and inspired by amazing and brilliant filmmakers, artists and musicians who are constantly innovating. It’s a labor of love and one that I cannot imagine my life without. Lucky for me, I not only get to be here with my Sundance family, but also with my Getty Images family.
Getty Images and WireImage are the official house photographers for the Sundance Film Festival, covering all things Sundance during the 10-day event hosted in venues throughout Park City, Utah. It takes a small village to make it all happen, with more than 60 staff and freelance employees including photographers, editors, assignment editors, technology staff, production assistants and a driver.
The team covers all events in and around Park City. From premieres, Q&As and the Music Café to panel discussions, sponsored events, parties and the portrait studio on Main Street, we’ve got everything covered.
Here’s how they make the magic happen.
Sundance Film Festival, Behind the Lens: Getty Images Portrait Studio
My first stop was the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift. Set up in a large tent just next to the ski lift at the bottom of Main Street, this is where Getty Images Chief Entertainment Photographer Larry Busacca captures the stars of the festival: the filmmakers, cast and crews.
With mere minutes with each of his subjects, Busacca must make sure the lighting is just right and his equipment is all functioning properly. On average, he says he has no more than 3 minutes with each cast or crew member, so technical difficulties must be avoided at all costs.
“I have only about 30 seconds to establish an immediate trust and then maintain that trust while developing a mutual professional respect,” explains Busacca of the few small minutes he has with each cast or crew member.
With as many as 25 appointments in a day, Busacca certainly is a busy man. But, as you can see, the results of his professionalism are stunning. To view more portraits from the studio, click here.
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Sundance Film Festival, from Camera to Customer: Getty Images Editors’ Suite
The next stop on the tour was the editors’ suite just down the road at Park Station. A bicoastal core team comprised of some of our best staff and freelance editors from New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto, most with previous festival experience are the ones who bridge the gap between camera to client. Operating from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m. it’s an almost 24-hour per day operation. The editors are charged with captioning and keywording all images to ensure they reach our clients as quickly and accurately as possible.
It was so exciting to see what goes on behind the scenes with Getty Images at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Everyone works tirelessly to make sure every moment is covered. Whether it’s a celebrity sighting on Main Street, or catching up with an up-and-coming director, it is all captured by our photographers and videographers. So even if you’re not here in Park City, through our imagery and video, you can feel as if you are rubbing shoulders with the best in independent film.
Until Next Year, Sundance!
Editor’s note: Jacleen Boland is a Communications Specialist at Getty Images and film afficionado.
Slide show images include:
Images 1, 2, and 3: behind the scenes at the Portrait Studio at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with Larry Busacca. (Photos by Jacleen Boland, Getty Images)
Images 4: Writer/director Terence Nance poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift on January 22, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Image 5: Actress Griselda Siciliani and writer/director Armando Bo pose for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift on January 24, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Image 6: Xavier Candelaria, Bryce Esquivel, John Swava and Joe Candelaria pose for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift on January 23, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)