I became aware of Richard Matheson’s work as a child, mainly through my dad’s love of The Incredible Shrinking Man and the Twilight Zone. It wasn’t until much later, probably high school, that I actually read any of his books. I started off easy with a few of his more popular works (specifically the ones I that already had big screen adaptations) What Dreams May Come, A Stir of Echoes, Somewhere in Time/Bid Time Return, and I Am Legend (which, despite trying and failing three times, Hollywood just can’t get right).
He quickly grew to be one of my favorite authors, and I did my best to devour a catalog of work that spanned over half a century. Needless to say, I still have a long way to go.
In light of the author’s recent passing, I decided it was time to get my long-gestating tribute to his greatness underway. With the help of my stalwart assistant, we were able to wrap the multiple-shoot project in just a few hours (from wardrobe and set dressing to wrap and clean up). Post took a bit longer to complete, however, and while it didn’t turn out quite as well as I would have hoped, it was something I felt really just had to be done.
So finally, I present my tribute to Richard Matheson. A play on his classic novel, The Shrinking Man, the quasi self-portrait shoot was definitely a lot of fun to work on. It also serves as a tribute to my father for introducing me to Matheson’s work.
Thanks Pop! Maybe one of these days I’ll have to do an F. Paul Wilson inspired shoot…
That is pretty amazing …. really imaginative. I always loved his books.