In the wings

On camera, off duty


Mary Queen of Scots (2013) directed by Thomas Imbach

(Martine Felber)

Anatole Taubman in Anjas Engel (2005) directed by Pascal Verdosci

(Triluna Film AG)

André Jung (l.) in Im Nordwind (2004) directed by Bettina Oberli

(Catherine Schneider)

Mathias Gnädinger in Sternenberg (2004) directed by Christoph Schaub

(Dorothee Schmid)

True Grit (2010) directed by Joel und Ethan Coen

(Thomas Nellen)

Die Bettkönigin (1994) directed by Gabrielle Baur

(Martine Felber)

Carla Chiara Bär in Geburtstagskind (TV series Tatort, 2013) directed by Tobias Ineichen

(Fabienne Helfer)

Suzanne von Borsody in Justiz (1993) directed by Hans W. Geissendörfer

(Jakob Peier)

Linda Geiser in Lilo und Fredi (2004) directed by Gitta Gsell

(Regula Marthaler)

Eurocops (TV crime series) directed by Markus Fischer

(Martine Felber)

Mona Petri in Big Deal (2002) directed by Markus Fischer

(Martine Felber)

Bruno Cathomas in Die Bettkönigin (1994) directed by Gabrielle Baur

(Martine Felber)

Nora König in Tausend Ozeane (2008) directed by Luki Frieden

(Catherine Schneider)

Carlos Leal in Hildes Reise (2004) directed by Christof Vorster

(Catherine Schneider)

Roxane Mesquida und Julia Ensner in Sennentuntschi (2010) directed by Michael Steiner

(Catherine Schneider)

James Woods in White House Down (2013) directed by Roland Emmerich

(Thomas Nellen)

Sunnyi Melles in Taxi ins Jenseits (Eurocops 1989) directed by Erwin Keusch


Director Xavier Koller and Heike Makatsch in Gripsholm (2000)

(Catherine Schneider)

Lavomatic from Studio Moscow

(Martine Felber)




Behind-the-scenes jobs on film sets rarely get their moment in the spotlight. Make-up artists, costume designers – even script writers – fade into the shadows as big-name stars soak up the praise, not to mention prizes.

An exhibition at the Solothurn Film Festival gives a glimpse into the wings of the world of the big screen.

Many backstage jobs are a bit of a mystery to the average cinema-goer. Something that is probably even less well known is that the production team doubles as a miniature army of photographers.

Actors, outfits, hair-dos, make up, special effects, extras and sometimes even whole sets are captured on camera.

Known as continuity pictures, these shots help to recreate perfectly a moment within a scene to be reconstructed days later, without any glaring differences.

The snaps primarily serve a functional purpose, but also create an unusual record of the film making process.

The images are intimate but clinical, like police photographs of a crime scene. Actors are shown before and after plot twists, stressed or relaxed, but always captured in a particular moment.

Make-up artist Martine Felber received the “Prix d’honneur” at the Solothurn Film Festival. Over the course of her career she worked on feature-length films for cinema, TV movies and series.

Set photographs from Martine Felber and other production crew members can be seen in the exhibition, “Between backstage and on set: wardrobe and continuity supervisors and make-up artists as photographers”.

(Pictures: Martine Felber and others, Text: Felix von Muralt).

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