RIT Photography Project Brings Popular Board Game To Life

Production Photo class recreates scene from Clue

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Students at RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences recreated a scene from the board game Clue.

Students at RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences did not solve the murder mystery, but they did their best to recreate the scene of the crime.

Students in the Production Photo class planned and produced a photograph that resembles a scene from Clue, the Hasbro murder mystery deduction board game, including all characters.

“This is certainly one of the most ambitious shoots our students tackled,” says Doug Rea, RIT photography professor. “There is an incredible amount of planning that goes in to producing a photo with such detail — being photographed in such tight quarters. The photo speaks for itself — they did a great job.”

The team of students worked around many obstacles, including not having a budget as well as finding models and a location for the shoot.

“Many obstacles presented themselves on the way to a finished product,” says Michelle Alvarez, production manager for the shoot and a fourth-year advertising photography major. “However we came through as a group and overcame each hurdle, and for that I am proud of everyone in the class.”

The object of the game is to collect clues to deduce which of the game’s six characters were involved with the murder. The subjects in the shoot included all suspects from the game — Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum.

“It was a very stressful process because of the fact that it was a class project but all in all I feel that we exceeded our expectations of what the image was going to look like in our heads,” says Sabrina Murillo, a fourth-year advertising photography student.

This is the 11th year of the popular photography class at RIT. The project is run entirely by students, in which the group learns about concept development, design, lighting, choreography, budgeting, scheduling, business aspects as well as the technical portion of the shoot.

The shoot took more than seven hours to complete with considerable post-production work to produce the final photograph.