#8 – Framed and Innocent
The mills of the gods start churning.
Inspiration for photo #8 – The Young and Innocent (1937) – location is everything…
Fugitive Pro-Tip: There’s no better place to hide than an old (but still working) mill. It makes for a dramatic escape too.
They also tend toward metaphor – the wheel turning over, the accused man on the run thinking of his next move…except in this case he fell asleep. “The Young and Innocent” is a murder mystery with a lot of quirky moments and vivid locations: the sea, the cliff side, the mill. And I believe it also contains the first extended single-take tracking shot in film history.
And please note, that the fugitive’s lady-companion also escapes via the waterwheel in her skirt and heels. Hitchcock films are full of action heroines before there were “action heroines”.
Behind the Scenes:
Director/photographer – Lisa Stock
Cast – Josh Henry
A big Thank You to David at Skeenah Creek Campground for letting us come out and shoot at the old mill. It’s a small, hidden campground tucked into the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, complete with a haunted caretakers house, a million and one spiders (including spider webs between blades of grass), and really friendly people. “Skeenah” commonly means: Big Black Bear. But the Cherokee also translate it to mean – ghost.
I wanted this shot to have a more cinematic feel, much like the first photo in the series. I set Josh up with the scene and let him run (literally) through it while setting my shutter off to grab as many frames as possible. And while this one deviates a bit from the original scene in the film, I did try to capture some of the staged look of the trees and the hazy sunlight you see in Hitchcock’s story.
Also – kudos to Josh for enduring a summer’s worth of gnats in about 20 minutes of shooting. I think I had them in my teeth…
Up Next: The Lady Vanishes (1938)