Art Streiber shoots wonderfully creepy key art, directs chilling motion promos for season five of the A&E drama “Bates Motel”

In season five of A&E‘s hit series Bates Motel, Norma (played by Vera Farmiga) is dead but vividly lives on in the mind of her obsessive son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). The network commissioned Art Streiber to capture the creepiness of this new chapter in their, um, relationship, in the show’s key art. This is the second time he’s photographed key art for the show. See his work for season two here.

Scroll down to see his Instagram posts on how he lit each setup, etc.

 

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Photo by Art Streiber for A&E.

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Photo by Art Streiber for A&E.

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Photo by Art Streiber for A&E.

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Photo by Art Streiber for A&E.

 

 

 

Coming soon: From one of two shoots this past weekend in Vancouver…some would say "too many flags and nets." Others would say, “use a smaller source.” I say, this is what happens when you walk away from one of your sets to attend to the other three sets you’ve got going for the key art shoot for the final season of a hit television show, and the crew goes nuts! Why is the bed on an angle? To alleviate the need to be hanging right over the subject’s head when you’re looking for that “top down” POV. The big soft main comes from camera right and the umbrella is aimed at the 12x bleached muslin over head as fill.And yes, we shot stills and motion from that scissor lift. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante (who was actually in town for the other shoot) @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding @gpnphoto and an amazing guy named Murray.

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And the result…one of five key art pieces for the final season of “Bates Motel,” the prequel to “Psycho,” starring Vera Farming and Freddy Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. Big, soft key light at camera right and a soft fill from an umbrella bounced into a bleached muslin right over the camera…and…a gridded spot about two stops under, attached to the scissor lift, just to light up their hands. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante (who was actually in town for the other shoot) @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding, @gpnphoto, an amazing guy named Murray and masterfully post produced by @angiemariehayes. And an extra huge thank you to @thatothergrassogirl and her team at A&E who come to the party with great ideas and turns our team loose to pull off those concepts in the best way we see fit! @insidebates #batesmotel @profotousa @hasselblad_official @verafarmiga #verafarmiga @freddiehighmoreofficial #freddiehighmore @batesmotelobsession @instacinefilos

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And the result…An homage to the Season One Key Art of “Bates Motel,” the prequel to “Psycho,” starring Vera Farming and Freddy Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. This is one of five key art pieces for the final season of “Bates.” The main is a 12x silk at camera right with an Elinchrom Octobank behind it and a gird wrapped around the 12 x silk. Fill is another 12x silk and 2 large soft boxes right behind it. Look up the Season One Key Art and put this side by side with the original and you’ll see what the network was up to: updating (and tweaking) a classic. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding, @gpnphoto and an amazing guy named Murray. And an extra huge thank you to @thatothergrassogirl and her team at A&E who come to the party with great ideas and turns our team loose to pull off those concepts in the best way we see fit! @insidebates #batesmotel @profotousa @hasselblad_official @elinchrom_ltd @verafarmiga #verafarmiga @freddiehighmoreofficial #freddiehighmore @batesmotelobsession @instacinefilos

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“Bates” Part 2…one of two shots on this motel room set…both involving the leads of “Bates Motel” and a bed. Creepy. They’re mother and son! If you squint and put both of your thumbs on this image and then move your thumbs in opposing directions, you can see the set mentioned yesterday with the too-many flags and the other prop bed in the background. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding, @gpnphoto and an amazing guy named Murray. And an extra huge thank you to @thatothergrassogirl and her team at A&E who come to the party with great ideas and turns our team loose to pull off those concepts in the best way we see fit! @insidebates #batesmotel @profotousa @elinchrom_ltd @hasselblad_official @verafarmiga #verafarmiga @freddiehighmoreofficial #freddiehighmore

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And the result…Norman and Norma aren’t normal…they snuggle! One of five key art pieces for the final season of “Bates Motel,” the prequel to “Psycho,” starring Vera Farming and Freddy Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. The key light is a small Chimera soft box, gridded and covered in muslin slightly overhead and the fill is a large box right behind the camera. We also threw a streak of moon light / street light on the back wall. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante (who was actually in town for the other shoot) @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding, @gpnphoto and an amazing guy named Murray. And an extra huge thank you to @thatothergrassogirl and her team at A&E who come to the party with great ideas and turns our team loose to pull off those concepts in the best way we see fit! @insidebates #batesmotel @profotousa @hasselblad_official @verafarmiga #verafarmiga @freddiehighmoreofficial #freddiehighmore @batesmotelobsession @instacinefilos

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Spooning with mother…?Welcome back to “Bates Motel” Week!!! For this set up, in which Norman and Norma are lying in bed next to each other, the key light is a small Chimera soft box, gridded and covered in muslin and just slightly overhead and the fill is a large box right behind the camera. And for good measure we also threw a streak of moon light / street light on the back wall. Multiple thank yous to @luvlouella @tomkone @paoloalfante @happyharleyproductions @adelethomas0 @_jesse_yuen Jeff Vogeding, @gpnphoto and an amazing guy named Murray. And an extra huge thank you to @thatothergrassogirl and her team at A&E who come to the party with great ideas and turns our team loose to pull off those concepts in the best way we see fit! @insidebates #batesmotel @profotousa @hasselblad_official @verafarmiga #verafarmiga @freddiehighmoreofficial #freddiehighmore @batesmotelobsession @instacinefilos

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