Star Struck (6 Photos)
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Susan Sarandon between takes. Beautiful, fun loving, politically wonderful, talented, great to work with and irreverent.
For close to 40 years, Mikki Ansin has worked as a still photographer on movie sets. While fulfilling the job requirements for Hollywood studios and independent productions alike, she became fascinated with documenting behind-the-scenes activity, most notably in the production of Merchant Ivory films. “The pay may have been less, but they let me do what I wanted,” Ansin says. “I took pictures of the stars with their feet up and their hair down, of the cast and crew at play — from the softball field to the set. I’ve always been captivated by how things happen.”
Ansin is one of 20 distinguished ASMP members whose work is featured in the newly redesigned Best of ASMP 2012 issue of the ASMP Bulletin, which is hot off the press. Click here for extended interviews with Ansin and the other Best of ASMP photographers.
-courtesy of Jill Waterman, Editor of ASMP Bulletin.
© Mikki Ansin. Above: These European extras, dressed for a ball in Agra, India, could hardly contain themselves when they spotted Pierce Brosnan coming into the scene. They each reached under their skirts to bring out point and shoot cameras as I quickly turned mine on them.
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Ustinov & Nolte. Sir Peter Ustinov was a great sport when Nick Nolte started to tease him about his girth during the filming of ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ in Pittsburgh.
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Sir Anthony Hopkins does a quick Hannibal Lechter while beautifully dressed in full butler attire during the filming of ‘Remains of the Day,’ Somerset, England.
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Director Ted Demme totally surprised Martin Sheen after a great take on ‘Monument Ave’ in a Charlestown, MA, bar.
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman literally lean against one another, touching shoulders, during a break from filming as leads in ‘Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.’ She has her feet up while embroidering and he is reading The Cider House Rules. Kansas City.