Staging the birth of the most evil character in the Old Testament book of Judges - Abimelek.
Though his birth by Gideon's concubine, Drouma, is only mentioned in passing, it was my intention to show his birth was as violent as his life. I felt compelled to make this piece.
All of the casting fell into place. The brilliant model and friend,
was always to be Drouma. It was no surprise to me that in the weeks previous, she told me she had shaved her head. Perfect...We let it grow out two more weeks and took shears to it as if she had cut it off in a fever of madness. Nev...you are fearless and brilliant. Then baby Zane and his mother Nathalie (who plays the midwife) were the next obvious choices. How much can I praise a woman who let's me cover her newborn in fake blood?
Then Athena (left) and Sylvie (right) as Drouma's attendants. Sylvie....your astounding face. You became the voice for this piece. Brave women all, in a very very difficult and exhausting shoot.
Though these images are only the digital reference shots, I hope and pray that the actual film captured what you all brought to the stage. I am proud of you all.....PHOTOGRAPHED AT THEORY LABS, LOS ANGELES
MAY 14, 2011
FOR THE SERIES 'IN THE TIME OF THE JUDGES'-