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Behind the Scenes Photos of Popular Films by Jeff Bridges

Posted by Pinar on May 17, 2013

Famed actor Jeff Bridges is a multitalented man who has expanded his creative skill set from acting on film to capturing images from behind the lens. In fact, he's managed to overlap his passion for film and photography by snapping shots on set, during his downtime. The legendary film star reveals the busy back end of film making without the glitz and the glamour.

Nearly 30 years since he first began his personal behind-the-scenes project in 1984, Bridges has amassed quite a collection of mementos from his time on film sets. From his role as "The Dude" on The Big Lebowski to playing the one-eyed U.S. Marshall "Rooster" Cogburn in True Grit, Bridges jumped in and out of character, switching between his role as an actor and a photographer between takes.

Using his Widelux camera, the passionate photographer was able to capture a wide assortment of monochromatic images throughout the years that include the cast and crew taking breaks, actors getting their hair and makeup done, the wonders of green screen, and even a few fun photos of fellow famous thespians like Matt Damon imitating the comedy and drama masks of commedia dell'arte.

A collection of Bridges' photography has been published in his book titled Pictures and the multifaceted artist has just recently been honored by the 29th annual Infinity Awards with a nomination for his photography.

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Pajiba: Jeff Bridges

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13 Gorgeous Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of Jeff Bridges' Movies Taken by Jeff Bridges

By Dustin RowlesTrade News | May 7, 2013

Jeff Bridges, the Oscar winner you know and love as The Dude, won an award a few days ago from The International Center of Photography for the behind-the-scenes photographs he’s been taking on his own movies since 1984. They’re very impressive, and it’s also kind of fun to try to figure out which movie each of the photographs comes from. You can find more over on Bridges’ (terribly designed) website, and even buy prints. All proceeds go to charity (although, he really should set aside a dollar or two for web design).

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GQ: Jeff Bridgs

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Video: The Dude Abides...and Shoots Awesome Photos! See Jeff Bridges Talk Photography at the ICP Infinity Awards

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A colleague and I took a taxi to the ICP Infinity Awards last night, and as we read the evening's program he screamed, "THE DUDE is going to be there!" The moment we arrived at Pier 60, I spotted a very handsome Jeff Bridges in a killer suit, with his shiny salt and pepper hair pulled back in a ponytail. When I introduced myself, he did not disappoint. Infectious smile, mischievous eyes, very sweet—and lots of compliments about his GQ photo shoots. I didn't think the night could get better, and then I saw this video that the very talented Brian Storm created for the evening. Don't miss the part at 4:40—you won't be disappointed.

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Jeff Bridges: The 29th Annual Infinity Awards: Jeff Bridges Special Presentation

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Since 1985, the International Center of Photography has recognized outstanding achievements in photography with its prestigious Infinity Awards. The awards ceremony is also ICP’s primary fundraising benefit, with its revenues assisting the center's various programs.

ICP commissioned MediaStorm to create a short film about each of the recipients to screen at the awards ceremony and to later remain online. The films serve as an introduction of the recipients to the audience as well as a showcase of their work, highlighting the motivations for honoring them with Infinity Awards.

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Complex: Jeff Bridges

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Jeff Bridges Is Also Apparently a Photographer

Did you know Jeff Bridges is a photographer. He has been photographing movie sets, which is actually very interesting to see in images. You get a unique view of the movie making process from an actor's view. Bridges uses a Widelux camera to capture wonderful moments that not many people have the chance to witness. He says of his work, "I think I have a perspective that not many people have. And I get to take advantage of all the strange sources of light on set."

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NYT: Jeff Bridges

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The Dude Abides on the Other Side of the Lens

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Some photographers are drawn to dramatic events in exotic lands. Others are compelled to stay closer to home and burrow into the stories they know best.

The actor Jeff Bridges gets to do both. He photographs the world he grew up in, movie sets — each one a world never seen before. And he earns a little more than your average photographer while doing it.

Since 1984, Mr. Bridges has documented the sets of most of his movies, compiling a large collection of wide images that give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at movie making.

“My photography is mainly focused on my work making movies, which I’ve done my whole life,” he said in a phone interview. “I think I have a perspective that not many people have. And I get to take advantage of all of the strange sources of light on a set.”

Though Mr. Bridges is better known for his acting roles — The Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit,” Kevin Flynn in the Tronmovies — he will receive special recognition tomorrow at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards dinner in New York.

This is not the first time Mr. Bridges has been honored: he has been nominated for six Academy Awards and received an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Otis Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” But he says it is “wonderful to be recognized by people who love photography.”

Mr. Bridges uses a Widelux camera for almost all of his photos because he says its ultrawide images are close to how the human eye really sees. It’s a quirky camera that allows photographers to emphasize both foreground and background. In the introduction to his book “Pictures,” published in 2003, Mr. Bridges wrote about his favorite camera:

The Widelux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that. It’s something I aspire to in all my work — a lack of preciousness that makes things more human and honest, a willingness to receive what’s there in the moment and to let go of the result. Getting out of the way seems to be one of the main tasks for me as an artist.

The Widelux has a lens mounted on a moving turret. As the lens moves, a slit shutter sweeps across a wide plane of film, creating a sometimes blurry cinematic effect. It can take two and a half seconds for a normal exposure (at one-fifteenth of a second). This gives the photographer less control of the result, because when one starts taking a picture, it is hard to know exactly what will happen two seconds in the future on the far side of the frame.

“I look at the camera as sort of a missing link between motion picture photography and still photography,” Mr. Bridges said.

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Top, Maggie Gyllenhaal: “Tragoedia/Comoedia,” on the set of “Crazy Heart.” Bottom, Matt Damon: “Tragoedia/Comoedia,” on the set of “True Grit.”

Photography is different from movie making because it is more of a solitary endeavor, even when one is photographing a lot of people. But in both disciplines, the product doesn’t always turn out as expected.

“You show up, you practice, you have as much technique that you can bring, and then the reality has much to give to the experience,” Mr. Bridges said. “That’s what makes it such a joy to look at the contact sheets. You see what you thought you had and you did, and what you didn’t think you had and you got, and that’s very similar to making movies.”

Mr. Bridges has acted professionally since he was a young child, when he appeared with his father, Lloyd Bridges, star of the television series “Sea Hunt,” on that show. While attending high school in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he built a home darkroom in a bathroom and fell in love with black-and-white printing. As his acting career took off, he left photography behind — until he appeared in the 1976 remake of “King Kong,” in which he played an paleontologist who always carried a camera. That rekindled his interest, and after his wife bought him a Widelux, he brought it to the set of “Starman” in 1984.

His co-star Karen Allen suggested they make a book of photos for the cast, and for almost every film he has been in since then, Mr. Bridges has made a special, limited-edition book for the cast and crew.

His purchasable collection, “Pictures,” was published by PowerHouse Books, and he donates the proceeds — including from sales of individual prints — to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and several organizations that fight hunger in the United States.

At times, his photographs form a visually refined family album that includes his father; his brother, the actor Beau Bridges; and his fellow actors. They provide a behind-the-scenes view of movie making and sometimes resemble early silent slapstick shorts more than they do fine art films.

Mr. Bridges revels in using the Widelux’s long exposure time to take in-camera photos of his acting friends (Slide 12 and above) making comedic and tragic faces. During a single exposure, they run from one end of the frame to the other and pose goofily for the camera.

He wants to publish a book of his newer images and intends to continue photographing the sets of his movies.

So, Mr. Bridges will abide. You can take comfort in that.

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Sam Elliott and Jeff Bridges: “The Stranger” and “The Dude” on the set of “The Big Lebowski.”

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PetaPixel: Jeff Bridges

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Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Photographer on Hollywood Movie Sets

Actor Jeff Bridges has been nominated for six Academy Awards for his work on the silver screen. In 2010, he walked away from the award ceremony clutching a statuette after winning the Best Actor prize for his role in Crazy Heart.

When he’s not playing various characters in front of a camera, Bridges is well known for his interest in being behind the camera. He often serves as an unofficial behind-the-scenes photographer on Hollywood movie sets, documenting what things look like from an actor’s perspective.

Bridges writes that his interest in photography first started during high school, when he set up his own personal darkroom and fell in love with “developing and printing for hours and hours, listening to FM radio in the red ‘safe light’.”

After getting in to acting, Bridges shelved his photography hobby until 1976, when he played paleontologist Jack Prescott in the remake of King Kong. The fact that his character carried a Nikon everywhere rekindled Bridges’ interest, and he started taking pictures again.

The hobby finally joined him into the world of acting in 1984, during the filming of the movie Starman. While on the set, co-star Karen Allen suggested that he take pictures to create a photo book for the cast and crew. This was the beginning of Bridges’ privately published photo albums from the sets of Hollywood movies.

Digital photo albums featuring Bridges’ pictures from movie sets, as seen on the actor’s website

Bridges is often seen on movie sets snapping away with his Widelux F8 panoramic film camera. He uses the 35mm version with a 28mm lens that pans nearly 180 degrees. Instead of a traditional shutter, the camera uses a slit that exposes the film as the lens pans.

He was first exposed to the camera back in high school during class photographs. Bridges’ classmates would take advantage of the panning lens by running across the frame in order to show up in the resulting photograph twice. After picking up the camera himself, Bridges fell in love:

The Wide-Lux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that. It’s something I aspire to in all my work — a lack of preciousness that makes things more human and honest, a willingness to receive what’s there in the moment, and to let go of the result. Getting out of the way seems to be one of the main tasks for me as an artist.

Bridges’ photographs are shared through his personal website, and many of them were published in a 2003 photo book entitled, “Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges.”

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