Art Streiber on photographing Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen for the “Guilt Trip” movie poster

The poster for "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. Photo by Art Streiber.

The poster for “The Guilt Trip,” starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. Photo by Art Streiber.

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One of the big holiday movie releases we’re looking forward to is The Guilt Trip, about a guy (Seth Rogen) who gets guilted into bringing his overbearing mom (Barbra Streisand) on what was supposed to be the road trip of his dreams. The poster for the Paramount Pictures comedy features a photo by Art Streiber in which Rogen’s and Streisand’s characters are having a moment that says it all. Here, Art talks about shooting the onesheet for the movie, which resulted in the poster image…

“We were very fortunate to get an afternoon in the studio with Streisand and Rogen and were able to execute five setups and a variety of singles of both actors.

I’ve worked with Rogen a few times before [including a Hitchcock-inspired shot for Vanity Fair and the poster for Knocked Up], but had never worked with the legendary Ms. Streisand, who is a marvelous professional and gave 150 percent to every setup we shot (and gave more than a few suggestions).

The studio provided the Chevrolet Aveo from the movie, and the automotive dresser made all kinds of adjustments to the car in order to make it more ‘shootable,’ from jacking up the rear axel and rerigging the bucket seats in order to get Streisand and Rogen on the same level…to completely removing the backseat.

We photographed the two of them through the front windshield (with Streisand driving), then we shot the reverse POV with Rogen at the wheel as I leaned into the open hatchback.

After working both car angles, we moved into another studio, where we shot singles and all of the other setups in which they were interacting with each other. Streisand was a natural ‘Jewish mother,’ and Rogen was hilarious as her loving but annoyed only son.”

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Photo by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

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Art worked side-by-side on this assignment with Ronnie Blumenberg, a creative director at the design agency BLT, as well as with the creative advertising team at Paramount Studios: Abbie Wisdom, the executive director, and Amy Mastriona, the senior VP.

The Guilt Trip opens nationwide on December 19. Below, the movie’s official trailer…

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