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The Tempest {a beginning}

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Actor | North Fulton Drama Club | SteamPunk | Shakespeare | The Tempest | Barrington Hall | Roswell GA | (6)

{words, photos, video: +jo}

Shakespeare’s Last comedy

At least that’s what North Fulton Drama Club is creating.
If you are not sure what Steampunk is… a small explanation from the depths of the internet:

“A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy set in Victorian time featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.”

And the subculture can get a little crazy too. Yet, NFDC guarantees this will be done right because the genre is often overstuffed with poorly executed cos-play and LARPing. {google if you are curious but beware the dorkdom that will emerge.}

At this point you might be wondering: What on earth does all this has to do with Shakespeare?
Well… it doesn’t and that’s the point.



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NFDC has always done things differently. They do a bit of theater mash-up to bring new life Shakespeare’s classics. Placing the eternal plots into more relatable settings and scenarios so we, as a modern audience, will understand the stories a little easier.

 We believe that Shakespeare is portable, applicable, durable and relevant, and that everyone can understand and learn to like, if not love, this balding guy from 16th Century England and that our interpretations can help with that process.



So here is the beginning of North Fulton Drama Club’s journey into creating a new classic.
THE {steampunk} TEMPEST. 

Each week I will bring you a behind the scenes look into what all it takes to make this magic happen.

Do you want to help NFDC put on this beautiful production? Check out their Kickstarter page! You will get great gifts in return for your contribution. đŸ™‚ And what’s that? Level 6.5 has a photoshoot with this little lady? Well well! Snatch up some goodies before the kickstarter closes this Saturday and help theater thrive. There are many levels and every bit helps take this show to greater and greater heights. You can never stop reaching for the stars!

I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star.



{Beginnings}   |   {Week 1}    |   {Week 2}   |   {Week 3}   |   {Week 4&5}

Whitney S.


CLICK HERE for Whitney’s Photo Gallery:

I met Whitney back in July – during fight choreography for a small film that we both worked on for a second. She’s in the last photo of this previous post – and then more in the link to the flickr set in that post. Our characters actually had this big fight scene where she was beating me up (we were X-men type super heroes) – so it was fun to work with her again (sort of).

Oh look. Here’s her IMDB profile:

This shoot was right after the shoot with Addy so we were still in the same woodsy park area – except of course I wanted different photos so we went to the other side and found some other trees. Yeah. That sentence was actually much more interesting before I wrote it. Still – like the shoot with Addy I was really trying to give Whitney some photos that weren’t anything like the stuff she already had in her portfolio. Since she already has some headshots I decided I wouldn’t try to give her new ones. Besides, I wanted to make use of the remaining fall leaves that were still hanging around.


It’s kind of funny how much I don’t know (okay not really funny, more like it’s amazing how much I still have to learn). Because after every time I’d click the shutter, Whitney would move and change poses – just slight adjustments, nothing major – not exagerated like you often see other models doing during photo shoots. After the first few photos I had to stop and say ‘wait, you keep moving and posing – that’s awesome’. Of course that just tells you how often I haven’t shot people who are used to modeling. Then Whitney told me that a long time ago another photographer told her that she needs to make each photo different, even if it’s just a really small amount, just different.


So after Whitney and I walked around the forest with the light stand just off camera and always about to fall over – we were done and I learned something valuable from the shoot.  In fact, that tip from Whitney really helped out during the last shoot of the day with Sarah and after I told her that piece of advice, it was like both Sarah and I were professionals at this photographer and modeling stuff.

Here’s one shot from Sarah B’s session:


The rest will be posted on Friday.