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This photo is featured in Bernstein's book Portrait Hollywood.
Another shot from Gary Bernstein.
Photos by Gary Bernstein
ABC Television was one of Gary Bernstein's clients when he was contracted to shoot a series of photos in 1985 for "Moonlighting." Several of these shots were used in ads that ran in TV Guide, Variety, People Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and similar publications.
Here are eight shots from that shoot and are scans from the actual photos, not just blow ups of the ads.
~~Thank you to Don S. of Indiana for providing these photos.~~
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Bernstein wrote about this photo shoot on a page at the Zuga.Net site, which has since been removed. Here is a transcript of that article.
Classic Bernstein Photo Session with Cybill Shepherd & Bruce Willis
ABC Television had hired me to shoot advertising and publicity photographs for the romantic comedy hit Moonlighting, starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. It was a delight for me to do the assignment, being an avid fan of the show.
The plans for the shoot were detailed and complex. We discussed what the set would consist of and what the actors would and would not do. We talked about hair styles, makeup, backgrounds, set construction, image composition, the ultimate placement of copy around the image, camera angles, lighting-and even catering food for all who would be present at the shoot. Any session goes better when you go in fully prepared, and this is especially true of a complex session, such as this promised to be.
The shooting centered around a specially constructed crescent moon, suspended in midair. Lightweight foam stars had been individually shaped and adhered to the black background with gaffer's tape.
Our live stars-Cybill and Bruce-would be sitting or hanging from the moon in a variety of compositional, attitudinal and sartorial changes. On the floor below the moon we had placed a large, soft crash padjust in case!
I used plenty of light, to enable me to set my lens to a small aperture for maximum depth of field. This ensured image sharpness, even with a swinging moon. A 1200-watt-second rim lightsuspended from the ceiling and directed at the subjects' backs-created a rim of highlight that separated Cybill's black dress from the background and added highlighting to the hair of both subjects.
I used plenty of light, to enable me to set my lens to a small aperture for maximum depth of field. This ensured image sharpness, even with a swinging moon. A 1200-watt-second rim lightsuspended from the ceiling and directed at the subjects' backs-created a rim of highlight that separated Cybill's black dress from the background and added highlighting to the hair of both subjects. Two large, silvered reflectors were placed on the floor, just in front of the moon. They helped to soften the overall contrast. The accompanying sketch gives a clear impression of the total setup. I left ample room around the image for the addition of copy. At the bottom, a little airbrushing was required to eliminate all indications of the crash pad.
Lighting: One 1250-watt-second main light in pan reflector; four 800-watt-second background lights in umbrellas; one 1200-watt-second spotlight for hair and edge lighting Light Control: Two silvered reflectors Film: Kodak Plus-X Exposure Metering: Electronic flash meter in incident-light mode Exposure: f-1 1 (shutter at 1/250 second)
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