Back with part three of our headshot analysis series. This week our focus is on James McAvoy, an actor who has had prominent roles in films such as X-Men: First Class, The Last King of Scottland, and Atonement.
If you've been following our previous posts [which can be found here and here], you'll likely already know our biggest concern in regards to this image. Like both of these previous shots, the line behind McAvoy is distracting, it unintentionally creates a disconnect between his head and his shoulders. While this, in turn, causes more emphasis on the expression, it takes away from the body language that accompanies the emotion and may add to the overall appeal of the shot.
His expression definitely works for his character, however it is a little awkward. It holds the potential to be more interesting. Playing with the camera a bit more would have allowed for a more eye-catching expression as we saw with Kendrick's shot.
Remember, casting directors want to see something that makes them take a second look and you want to give them every opportunity to do so.
What do you think of this shot? Have any suggestions about other headshots you'd like us to look at? Let us know in the comments below!
-The City Headshots Team