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Niko and the Black Swan

Published by Diana Tula · November 22nd 2012

To learn about the living life behind a lens we started series featuring 500px photographers, their photos and stories behind them. This story is about Niko Tavernise’s behind the scenes photos of deeply psychological masterwork — the Black Swan film.

Niko Tavernise is a man of many trades. He is entrepreneur, videographer, producer, director and behind-the-scenes photographer. Originally from the mountains of Massachusetts he now resides in NYC, coincidentally the city where the Black Swan was filmed. Niko worked behind the scenes photographing, as well as working on the making-of movie. Please enjoy Niko’s photographs, their honesty and elegance.

All photos that Niko Tavernise took during the filming of Black Swan where photographed with his trusty cameras Canon 1D MKII and 5D MKII. For video footage he used a Canon 5D. During all the shoots Niko favoured 28 1.8 lens, in his words “...basically, it was so light and on a full frame 5D it was fantastic. I usually have 3 cameras dangling from my neck so having a light lens is a life saver.”

Did you know that Natalie Portman danced all of her parts while filming Black Swan? In the movie it is 80% Natalie Portman dancing and 20% her double. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched and 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane.

To add Niko to friends, comment on his photos and follow his future posts visit his 500px page. If you are captivated by Niko Tavernise’s photographs and would like to see more visit his website or take a sneak peek at "Metamorphosis" the making-of video by Niko.

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