I’d just been booked for my third cover in a row for Terrorizer, and was well and truly on a roll.
L.G. Petrov, came to the UK for press surrounding the return of his Swedish death metal band Entombed. The cover would be him emerging from a coffin – dark and dramatic. Back from the dead.
The label booked a small studio in Shepherds Bush with lighting setup included, and the coffin prop couriered from a hire company.
It felt weird to travel light for this kinda session so I kept checking inside every pocket and zipped section of my camera bag, making sure I’d not forgotten anything.
Arriving, from the outside the studio looked small but the entrance door wall was made purely of windows which made such a difference.
I rang the bell and looked through the windows
The wooden coffin on the floor was for a child.
Entering the studio and getting closer to the coffin didn’t make it look any bigger either. Fuck.
L.G. hadn’t arrived yet, I didn’t have a clue how big he was, but me propping the coffin on it’s end and standing next to it at 5ft 3, I couldn’t fit in there. The lining was also white – though that part wasn’t the main issue. The size, THE SIZE!
I called my editor, “we have a problem”.
How could I to get L.G. on board with the idea of emerging from a coffin when he couldn’t even get inside it?!
We concluded the scene would have to be shot in 2 parts, and enlarge the coffin around L.G. in the edit.
Thankfully, L.G. saw the funny side.