Art Streiber on shooting the poster for the star-studded movie “This Is Where I Leave You”

One of the most anticipated movies of the fall movie season, which is kicking into high gear, is This Is Where I Leave You. Not only does it have an impressive cast—including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, and Connie Britton—but it’s based on a bestselling novel about family dysfunction (prepare for hilarity and tears) and adapted by the author himself (Jonathan Tropper).

Art Streiber photographed the key art for the movie, which opens in theaters September 19. Below, he talks about how the shoot came together…

On a beautifully warm summer day last June (2013) in Munsey Park, Long Island, at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac, down a steep, curving driveway, in a wedding-sized tent in the backyard of a traditional two-story house with storm-shuttered windows, we photographed the key art for this fall’s family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You.

We hired an event company to build us the tent, put down a parquet floor, and pipe in some air conditioning. We put up a white seamless backdrop, and then we.… Waited. The actors arrived over the course of the day, in between scenes, whenever they were free.

We had about 15 minutes with each one and went through a battery of coverage in order to give the studio as many options as possible.

The film’s director, Shawn Levy, had stopped by the tent early in the day to make sure that the actors’ performance for the onesheet matched the mood he was capturing for the movie: melancholy, resignation, and overall just being emotionally drained.

I also worked very closely with Christian Davin from Universal, who guided me through all of the potential scenarios for the actors that allowed the studio to build out a variety of different group configurations.

Below, the final movie poster…


Art Streiber_This Is Where I Leave You

Photo by Art Streiber.



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