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Mozart Reimagined – Die Entführung aus dem serail

21 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Die Entfuhrung aus dem serail”, which I like to call “The Abduction” for short.

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

Mozart Reimagined showcases nearly 100 photos that bring to life Mozart’s operas through photography. I spent a decade building props and sets, meeting models and photographing across the country to showcase what Mozart’s music has meant to me. The book also features essays written about each opera from my own unique perspective. The book humorously points out plot-holes, gives insight into past and present performances, recites a little bit of History and overflows with my own passion for the music of Mozart.

Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the Abduction pictures:

“Die Entführung aus dem Serail translates as The Abduction from the Seraglio. The word Seraglio is the technical term for the women’s apartments in a harem. A harem, of course, being the part of the castle where women are kept safe from the prying eyes and lusty advances of men. Not only wives, but also the Sultan’s children, sisters, cousins and aunts. Just exactly the sort of place, perhaps, that a young man would like to do some abducting from, am I right? You guys know what I’m talking about.”

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail by Tyson vick.

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail by Tyson vick.

The Abduction features many models who are talented musicians in real life, but the star of the show is the powerhouse Mars Crain, a character actor who you can find in movies like Hancock and television shows like House and Chuck.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I travelled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I travelled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

And you can also get a closer look at the costumes and the behind-the-scenes in this large post here.

I’m going to be giving you a preview of photos from every chapter of Mozart Reimagined over the next month, and then it will be time for pre-orders. I will be launching pre-orders on Kickstarter on September 14th, 2015! Until then, I wanted to give you a glimpse of some of the photos and excerpts from the book so you can see what’s in store! Subscribe to the blog for every update, or check back on September 14th for the launch of the book.

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Go Behind the Scenes with the Costume Sketches and Concept Art of Tyson Vick’s Photographic Mozart Illustrations

2 Feb

Whenever I take photos with big concepts, I start with concept art and costume sketches. Usually these aren’t so detailed that someone else can interpret them, but they are detailed enough for me to remember what I feel the need to include in an image. There are three types of art I can potentially do in order to help conceive my vision.

1. Costume Sketches

2. Concept Art

3. Thumbnails 

I use these three types of art to help me develop my ideas into costumes, find models and locations and compose images.


 

First up is a set of thumbnails I drew up for my illustrations of Ascanio in Alba. Interestingly, while I did photograph these things, I did not use any of these ideas in my final photograph.

Ascanio in Alba concept sketches

Ascanio in Alba concept thumbnails

Next is a sketch for Fiordiligi’s costume from the opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”. This character dresses up in her boyfriends military uniform.

Fiordiligi costume art for Cosi Fan Tutte

Fiordiligi costume art for Cosi Fan Tutte

Der Stein der Weisen was a fun opera to bring to life through illustration. Set in a fantastical Asian world, there was a lot to play with.

Der stein der Weisen concept sketch for Genie

Der stein der Weisen concept sketch for Genie

My genie is based off of Buddha and the maidens vying for his bird’s attention were drawn from Chinese inspiration.

Der Stein der Weisen costume concept for maiden

Der Stein der Weisen costume concept for maiden

The thumbnail below is followed by the image I produced.

Der Stein der Weisen concept sketch

Der Stein der Weisen concept sketch

Compare the thumbnail above to the finished image below to see how closely my concepts are followed.

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield. Models: Sierra Rae, Meilyn Saychow, Kolya Cain

Der Stein der Weisen Act 1. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair & Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield. Models: Sierra Rae, Meilyn Saychow, Kolya Cain

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots didn’t have such a big concept process, I only needed the thumbnail to get an idea of what I wanted to get out of the final picture.

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots concept sketch

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots thumbnail sketch

You can compare the thumbnail above to the finished image below.

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail was costumed out of clothes found in my friend and fellow costumer Camille’s closest. I thought about all the pieces she had available, and then combined them on paper as seen below.

A costume sketch based on Camille's costumes and set in the yellow void.

A costume sketch based on Camille’s costumes and set in the yellow void.

Below you can see some of these costumes in the finished image.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

The Magic Flute is an opera I have extensively illustrated. When I first heard it, I was inspired to fill an entire sketchbook.

Queen of the Night Drawing

An early drawing of mine, illustrating the Act 1 Aria “O zittre Nicht”

But when I decided to use photography to bring these ideas to life, I did not know anything about costuming. So, I started petty small. I would probably go bigger today, especially with the Queen of the Night.

Papageno concept art

Papageno concept art

My costume ideas of Tamino and the Queen of the Night were based on what I could realistically make at the time.

Costume Sketches

Act 1 Costume Sketches for Tamino and The Queen of the Night

Tamino’s outfit is influenced heavily by Japanese history and video game costumes.

Tamino Costume Sketch for  my Magic Flute photos

Tamino Costume Sketch for my Magic Flute photos

Below you can see the outfit created from the above design.

zauberflote_act1a

Papageno was always meant to be a sort of bird version of a faun in my final image. I based his tattoos and look of of the Egyptian art of the Ba Spirit. A half-bird/half person creature represent a person’s soul.

Papageno costume sketch for my Magic Flute photos.

Papageno costume sketch for my Magic Flute photos.

Papageno was brought to life by Jon Sollee in the image below.

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Die Zauberflote, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

My Don Giovanni costume sketches were fairly blank, mostly focusing on shape.

Donna Elvira costume sketch for my Don Giovanni photos

Donna Elvira costume sketch for my Don Giovanni photos

In the end, Don Giovanni got a much more complicated white doublet, but the same cut still applies.

Don Giovanni costume sketch

Don Giovanni costume sketch

My thumbnails for Don Giovanni, below.

Don Giovanni concept art

Don Giovanni concept art

A set of Il Sogno di Scipione thumbnails.

Il Sogno di Scipone concept art

Il Sogno di Scipone concept art

Don Pippo of L’oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla, of Lucio Silla, costume sketches.

Don Pippo costume sketch for L'Oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla costume sketch.

Don Pippo costume sketch for L’Oca del Cairo and Lucio Silla costume sketch.

Compare the Lucio Silla Sketch to the final image.

luciosillatitle

La Finta Semplice was originally meant to feature five or so models, but they kept dropping out. Below was my last minute attempt to create some costumes that could be pulled from what I already owned.

La Finta Semplice costume sketches

La Finta Semplice costume sketches

The Marriage of Figaro photos were inspired by the image below, something I created after first hearing the opera a decade ago.

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro photos involved so many models and stylists, that I needed a thorough map of thumbnails to keep them straight.

The Marriage of Figaro Concept art

The Marriage of Figaro Concept art

I used the page below to keep track of which photos I had taken on the day.

The Marriage of Figaro concept art

The Marriage of Figaro thumbnail art

Compare the middle sketch above to the final image below.

FigaroAct2

For Mitridate, I based Aspasia’s outfit’s off of Historically accurate garb.

Aspasia costume sketch for my Mitridate photos

Aspasia costume sketch for my Mitridate photos

Farnace was also based off of History, but with a fantastical tattoo addition.

Farnace costume sketch for Mitridate

Farnace costume sketch for Mitridate

Compare the costume sketch above to the final costume below. I regret selling that cool pirate belt holding his cape up.

This is the photo that I will be showing you how I made! Mitridate, Act III, by Tyson Vick.

This is the photo that I will be showing you how I made! Mitridate, Act III, by Tyson Vick.

Finally, I end with the costume sketches for Zaide, another set of costumes pulled from my friend Camille’s closet.

Zaide costume sketches

Zaide costume sketches

I hope you enjoyed viewing all this concept artwork! I have much, much more, but none of it is scanned.

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The Abduction – Photos and Behind the Scenes

17 May

Before I ever learned how to make clothing, which was five years ago, I was in the early stages of creating my Mozart Project photos. The biggest shoot up until that point involved four models depicting vignettes from Mozart’s opera “Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail”, which is not only impossible to say, it also translates into something even equally hard to say, “The Abduction from the Seraglio”. I usually just call it “The Abduction” because nobody knows what I’m saying if I do either full title. I did not have costumes for this shoot, because, as I said, I didn’t know how to make them at this point, but I had a friend named Camille who often worked as a costumer on the Intermountain Opera stage, and she had many costumes. She agreed to help me costume this shoot.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. Photo by Tyson Vick.

I met Camille while working as an extra or actor on the set of a short film. She was very interested in making corsets, having made around a dozen, and I was looking for corsets for my shoots. We got to talking and became friends. After a year or so of borrowing pieces of her wardrobe, I asked if she wanted to help costume my “Abduction” photos, and she said yes. I had found an opera poster for “Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail” that I loved because it totally captured the spirit of the play. I decided to create my photos with a similar motif and color palate.

"Abduction from the Seraglio" poster that inspired my images.

“Abduction from the Seraglio” poster that inspired my images.

Camille’s wardrobe was full of brightly colored outfits which would work perfectly. I also wanted the hero, Belmonte,  to look like he had been traveling all over the seas looking for his Abducted bride. So, I asked Camille if we could dress him like Orlando Bloom in the “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Since this was before I was making costumes for the project, we went through her closet and found some items we thought would be appropriate.

Orlando Bloom in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Orlando Bloom in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

The rest of the costumes were taken from her stash based on their bright and beautiful color scheme. They included a beautiful orange silk corset, orange and blue coats, and red skirts.

A costume sketch based on Camille's costumes and set in the yellow void.

A costume sketch based on Camille’s costumes and set in the yellow void.

AbductionAct3

Here you can see the costumes in the final shot.
Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Act III. Photo by Tyson Vick, Hair and Make-up by Lizzie Hatfield. Costumes by Camille Jackson.

The opera, Mozart’s leap into musical maturity, tells the story of a man, Belmonte, whose bride and servants are kidnapped by pirates and sold to the Sultan in the East. The opera begins on the day he finds out where they are being kept. His Bride, her handmaiden and their valet are all locked inside the Harem. The Sultan is trying to convince Konstanza, Belmonte’s beloved, to marry him instead. She refuses. Belmonte himself is barred at the gate by the awesome and villainous Master of the Girls (Kızlar Ağasi), Osmin.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I travelled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrun aus dem Serail. Mars Crain as Osmin. Photo by Tyson Vick. Hair and Make-up by Jadi Stuart. This is from another photoshoot when I traveled to LA to work with Mars Crain, who was an awesome Osmin.

After a while Belmonte manages to contact his valet, Pedrillo, and together they come up with numerous plots to deceive Osmin and rescue the women. However, all four are caught during their escape. When the Sultan realizes that Belmonte is the son of his worst enemy, he takes a moment to decide their fate. In a twist ending, the Sultan decides to shame his Christian enemies by showing unrivaled forgiveness and compassion. He sets all four captives free, and secures their passage home. It’s all very adventurey and beautiful.

Drew Barker and Caitlin as Pedrillo and Blondchen in an outtake.

Drew Barker and Caitlin as Pedrillo and Blondchen in an outtake.

Our shoot took place at the house of always helpful web developer Jason Lengstorf, who had a wall size mirror opposite the photo shoot which allowed the models to see exactly what they were doing, and surprisingly helped them make every photo photogenic. As per usual, Lizzie Hatfield did the hair and make-up.

Here I am waiting around while Lizzie finishes up hair and make-up by photographing the result.

Here I am waiting around while Lizzie finishes up hair and make-up by photographing the result.

Because of that mirror, and quite possibly the rum that our Belmonte came across, the shoot went very quickly!

Don't be givin' him any more rum!

Don’t be givin’ him any more rum!

The models were mainly musicians. I had seen Maria Giarrizzo (Our Konstanza) as the lead in a production of “Gypsy” that Lizzie had worked on. Scott (Belmonte) and Drew Barker (Pedrillo) I knew from local bands. Drew is still a working musician in the band Places, and you can visit their Facebook page here. Caitlin (Blondchen) was a friend of the boys, and had a musical background as well.

Kiss the Barker. Touch the Barker. Donate funds.

Kiss theBarker. Touch the Barker. Be the Barker.

So, I have a confession to make… and this was the second time it had happened in my career. It’s very sad and embarrassing. Once everything was in place, and all the models were dressed and made-up, I started taking pictures without putting film in the camera. I only noticed when the camera noise seemed a little off. Can you think of anything more ridiculous? Well, from that point on, I have not made that mistake again. For the past five years, before every shoot starts, I say to Lizzie, “What’s the most important thing about taking pictures?” and she says, “Putting film in the camera.”

If I’ve learned one thing as a photographer, it’s that pictures turn out better when you put film in the camera.

Here I am being all photographery.

Here I am being all photographery, putting film in the camera.

Maria and Caitlin laughing.

Maria and Caitlin laughing.

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Act II. Photo by Tyson Vick,

Mozart Project. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Act II. Photo by Tyson Vick.

This shoot was the biggest shoot I had done before I started making costumes myself. There was a full team, and it showed me that I could take on some of the larger, more elaborate photos in the years that followed. I think the photos are a lot of fun, and I love the bright colors!  I hope you enjoy them, too!