Monday, 13 June 2011

Lilith the Succubus

Princess Lilith from the Court of Pandemonium is kind of a free spirit, and sometimes finds the strict Court rules suffocating; moreover, she shares with the Seven Satans the need to feed on Mortals to strenghten her powers: while the Satans feed on their respective sins, she needs to feed on the virility of men. Thus, to have a taste of her own freedom and to eat, she often flies to the Sublunar World to act as a Succubus, a nightly Demon who seduces men to feed on their energy...
Lilith: Lure by *GothicNarcissus
Lilith: Hunt by *GothicNarcissus
Lilith: Seduction by *GothicNarcissus
Lilith: Satisfaction by *GothicNarcissus
Lilith: Afterglow by *GothicNarcissus
So, this is the miniseries about Lilith, a spin-off of my Infernal Lords project. It’s been a while since I thought of some collateral photo abou my Demons, and with my dear Briar Rose we came up with the idea of representing Lilith in her Succubus side, seducing and feeding on some mortal, who would have been played by her boyfriend Yue. Finally, last time we met we got the right occasion and shot the series. At the beginning I was only thinking of a single shot, namely #4 Lilith: Satisfaction, but just like with Where The Wild Roses Grow, our creativity merged into an intoxicating mixture and we ended up with a little chronological series.
Technically speaking, it was not a piece of cake, as we basically had to create a studio out of nowhere in the bedroom. No mystery about it: the lighting on these photos was done with a common desk lamp, tungsten white balance to dim the hotter tones and selective colour correction in Photoshop, as it was the only way to shoot at 10 pm and get the dramatic light we all wanted (which wouldn’t have worked with natural light from the window). As far as it concerns my part, I’m pretty proud both of the shooting and the postproduction, combining the two things I managed to get exactly the mood I wanted on this series.
A special mention goes to Briar Rose and Yue: they’ve been just amazing on this series. The subject and the situation needed some good acting, rather than mere posing, and they did their job flawlessly, effectively portraying both Lilith and the dying bohemian musician.

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