”The Kiss”▸ Elvis and Barbara Gray photographed by Alfred Wertheimer backstage at the Mosque Theater, Richmond, June 30, 1956.
"The whole episode took about a tenth of a second. A minute later Elvis was on stage. Just then I was coming down from the men’s room and saw this scene. Of Elvis and the girl flirting, kind of having this private moment. I said to myself, "If I shot this… Elvis may have me fired and I lose my job" but then I said to myself, "What the heck I’ll take the chance…" While I’m having this internal conversation I put the camera to my eye and see these two figures in silhouette with a window background. So I got a little closer and closer and before I knew it and start snapping. Now they block my way so I stand up on the railing to get another angle. I get one picture where Elvis is in close. Then Elvis makes his move… sticks out his tongue… and the rest is history." — Alfred Wertheimer.
In almost every musical ever written, there’s a place, usually the third song in the evening, sometimes it’s the second, sometimes it’s the fourth, quite early, when the leading lady usually sits down on something … and sings about what she wants in life. And the audience falls in love with her, and then roots for her to get it for the rest of the night.
We all know that in the golden years, as reference for animation, there were live action characters to study movement, posing, lighting, etc. It is all about filling the frame with proportions and personality. Here are some examples for some films, comparing a photostat wit the actor’s performance and the result, showing how greatly they influenced the animators.
Love how they just used a Mickey Mouse plush to reference Michael in the Peter Pan shot.
Many of these actors were favorites and were hired for various characters, like Helene Stanley who was a live action reference for Cinderella and Anastasia Tremaine (Cinderella), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Anita Radcliffe (101 Dalmatians) or Kathryn Beaumont who was for Alice (Alice in Wonderland) and Wendy Darling (Peter Pan) as seen above.