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Smokey Joe's Café Mugshots – Arena Stage

This time last year, I was working as assistant director to Randy Johnson on Arena Stage's production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. It was a fantastic room to be in, full of some of the most talented singers and dancers in the DC theatre community. During technical rehearsals, someone came up with the idea of projecting late-50's-style mugshots of the actors during JAILHOUSE ROCK.

After few minutes in the green room with my iPhone, the actors, and Arena's costumes, hair, and makeup crews, we had the base shots, which I then composited and finished in Photoshop.

When the images below were done and I showed them to the cast... Well: I've never seen anyone so happy to see themselves arrested.