Video: Funny, hectic behind-the-scenes look at The Hollywood Reporter’s anniversary cover shoots

Behind-the-scenes videos can be a mixed bag. Sometimes people forget that simply taking us behind the scenes is not enough—that there needs to be a narrative, a story to the video. It needs to be clear what we’re watching and why it’s of interest.

The Hollywood Reporter has just posted a behind-the-scenes video that I think is a great example of a BTS clip that works. In under 6 minutes (long for a BTS video but worth it, in this case), it takes us through the shoots for the magazine’s three celebrity-filled cover portraits, including letting us in on the staff’s exhausting logistical maneuvers as they race to make it all happen. You’ll feel photo director Jennifer Laski‘s frustration as she tries to leave what must be her umpteenth message for someone, only to hear an automated message saying something to the effect of, “Did not record. Please try your call again.”

Click on the image below to view the video, if only to see the part where Art Streiber politely approaches Ed Asner, whose portrait he’s just taken, and tells him that now Larry Hagman needs to sit in that very spot for his photo. “Mr. Hagman needs the set,” Art tells Asner, gently touching him on his arm, as Hagman stands to the side. Asner, ever the lovable grump,  is holding a cane, and he looks at it and tells Hagman, “You’re gonna get raped with this sucker.” To which Hagman replies, “Well, I just had a colonoscopy yesterday…”

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Jennifer Laski, the director of photography for The Hollywood Reporter, in a scene from the BTS video. Click image to view.

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Related: Art Streiber on shooting Hollywood legends Betty White, Larry Hagman, and more for THR’s 80th-anniversary issue

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