Opening for costume designer

The Night Circus project is currently looking for a costume designer/stylist!

The amazing designer who designed and created Poppet and Widget’s costumes has decided to head back to Australia which means I am looking a new creative collaborator to join the project.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to build their experience in costume design/styling and gain experience on photo shoots.

  • The project runs on a shoe string budget so I’m especially interested in hearing from resourceful individuals able to combine making from scratch with charity shop/flea market finds.
  • All work is done on a time for photos basis and costs for approved materials and other purchases are reimbursed or covered up front.

You do not need to have read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern before getting in touch but reading the book if selected is a requirement. If you are a fan of novels with the circus, magical elements and/or late 19th, early 20th century fashion I promise it won’t be a hardship. Photo shoots happen in Edinburgh but the costume designer does not have to be based here but you would need to travel into Edinburgh for photo shoots.

As this is a personal project scheduling is very flexible and can be worked around other commitments.

If you are interested please send me a message including:

  • Why you are interested
  • Relevant experience including links to any portfolios or images of your work if you have them
  • if you have already read the book
  • any additional information you think might be helpful

Send messages to: ashleyerdman@gmail.com

If I think you might be a good fit I’ll be in touch to arrange an informal chat. As I am looking for someone interested in working on the project over the longer term, i.e. not just one portrait this is as much how well we work together and connect as it is about creative vision and experience. This will also be an opportunity to talk more about how the creation process works on the project and for you to ask questions.

There is no fixed deadline, I’ll be reviewing messages and setting up chats as they come in so if you are interested please don’t hold off!

Presenting at the 2018 Degrowth Conference

I am thrilled to be presenting a workshop at the upcoming conference on degrowth in Malmö, Sweden.  Provisionally titled ‘Visualising our Values’ the session will explore the role visual imagery plays in creating and reinforcing cultural & economic “norms and explore ideas for how the degrowth movement can utilise it to create emotionally resonant communication around new values.

For degrowth to succeed it must do more than win the intellectual arguments and convince policy makers. While both are important, as many in the movement have already noted we need to find narratives and strategies capable of breaking into broader sections of society and shifting cultural values and norms. We must learn from the mistakes of of climate change communications and decades of social justice campaigning that have fallen short of igniting true cultural shifts.

A key part of shifting cultural values means helping people envision new possibilities. Photography and visual communication are critical components in creating a new social imaginary. They have enormous potential to reopen space for human creativity and reach a broader audience with values of a degrowth economy. Proponents of the current economic order well understand imagery’s power to construct social values, advertising being a prime example. For the degrowth movement a key part of success will be how well we tap into the power of visual communication to create new spaces for human imagination.

For anyone interested in degrowth I strongly encourage you to consider attending the conference. If you know you won’t be able to attend but would be interested in hearing more about my workshop please get in touch.

Autumn Draws to a Close

One of the great joys of following a project over time is seeing how much things have changed when you’ve been away for a while. True to form stepping into the walled garden in Granton after slightly over a month away was amazing. The team had clearly been incredibly busy over the autumn months and was continuing work apace even through rapidly dropping temperatures. I’ll leave the photographs to do most of the talking but it continues to be a pleasure and a privilege to photograph in this space.

Making the Night Sky: Behind the Scenes on Poppet’s shoot

Tools of the trade. Make-up artist Naomi Baxter comes prepared! Photo courtesy of Janine Meyer_Ebert
Naomi adding some extra lip colour to Emma Findlay on set. Photo courtesy of Janine Meyer_Ebert
Partners of photographers beware. There may come a time when you will be press ganged into holding the boom pole while balancing on the sofa. Thanks James! Photo courtesy of Janine Meyer_Ebert
In action: Emma is a pro throughout hours lying on the floor and occasional blinding from flashes. I get a week’s worth of exercise in going up and down that ladder. Photo courtesy of Janine Meyer_Ebert
Becoming Poppet, Naomi does an amazing job creating a look that looks natural and still can handle the hard blue light I threw on Emma.  I’m doubling as hair stylist for this part. Photo courtesy of Janine Meyer_Ebert
When your cat decides to photo bomb the shoot… Bramble had the right colouring but was a bit of a diva so was only a guest star.

 

The amazing team creating a slightly trippy 3D effect. From left to right back row: Janine Meyer-Ebert, Naomi Baxter, Emma Findlay. Front row: Ashley Erdman. Photo courtesy of James Murray

 

Casting Open: Widget

The Night Circus Portrait Series is officially off and running! In November I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic team who all helped bring Poppet to life.

As the Murray twins are never separated for long casting is now open for an actor or model interested in portraying Poppet’s twin brother Widget.

Winston Aidan Murray, known to all as Widget, was born on the grand opening of the Night Circus exactly six minutes before midnight; the passing of an old day. While his twin can see the future Widget can read people’s pasts.

He wears a black suit made from all manner of fabrics complete with a black hat and gloves. When not performing Widget tells stories and indulges his fondness for circus treats like cocoa, sugar mice and delicious cinnamon things.

Casting Specifics

  • playing age of 15-19
  • natural ginger hair
  • ideally blue eyes but not a deal breaker

Participation Details

  • Actor or model will receive digital photographs for time
  • Selected actor or model will need to sign a model release form prior to the shoot
  • Shoots are based in Edinburgh but can compensate for travel costs depending on location
  • It is not necessary to have read the book but is definitely a bonus!
  • Shoot dates will be largely dependent on individual schedules and in some cases seasonality

Ready to Runaway and Join the Circus?

  • Send a photograph or link to your spotlight pg etc along with why you are interested in participating and the best way to get in touch to ashleyerdman@gmail.com or drop me a line on the contact page.
  • If I think you might be a good fit I’ll be in touch for an informal chat