Conan O'Brien and E.T

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© Joel Aron
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On his birthday, Conan O'Brien was here at ILM to record segments for his upcoming, week long show in San Francisco.

Earlier in the day, I ran into Conan, and our introduction started by him spotting my Leica, and informing me that the picture I quickly grabbed of him would not expose very well since I had the lens cap on. This was a first. A first for meeting Conan, and a first that I forgot to remove the lens cap in a rush to grab a quick shot. We talked Leica for a few, and then he went off with his crew to have fun with the animators.

Later that day, while setting up one of the gag shots for his segment on his visit to ILM, Conan and his crew were pondering their moments with ET, who happens to have a permanent home with a fixed gaze that beams directly into my office.

It was my chance to make up for the black cell that occupied an early spot on my roll of Delta 400. The light was blasting in from the sky-bridge to the right, and cast a perfect halo around Conan's gigantic head, and onto the matte-painting on the wall behind him.

The image is candid, and not staged. He was reacting to a conversation from his producer, and the camera men that were talking about what they were going to shoot.

I attended the show in the audience. Afterwards, backstage, I presented a framed print of this image to him. It was a true honor, and I am so flattered that he honestly loved the print.

25 responses

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (3 Dec 2007):

    Great story, great photo! You ended up with a great shot.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (18 Dec 2007):

    Great and so funny, I love it.

  • Sean Hall

    Sean Hall said (24 Jan 2008):

    lovely! haha, and the ghostbusters painting in the back is very classy. It must a very interesting place, where you work.

  • anna ana

    anna ana said (29 Feb 2008):

    i love this guy! :D

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig said (4 May 2008):

    Great shot and story.
    But how dare you belittle "Vigo" as just a "matte-painting on the wall behind him."
    That is 'VIGO"!!!

  • Angela Wiser

    Angela Wiser gave props (11 May 2008):

    Excellent Shot.

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (23 May 2008):

    Conan is great.....;love this shot

  • JoAnna Webb

    JoAnna Webb said (28 May 2008):

    this is great-very nice job : ]

  • Sarah Hawkins

    Sarah Hawkins gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    Great story.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    awesome shot! gotta love the cone!

  • Joel Goodman

    Joel Goodman said (25 Jun 2008):

    It really is a fantastic shot. I saw this a few months ago and just thought how incredible it feels.

  • Eric Hart

    Eric Hart said (25 Jun 2008):

    That's just, well, fantastic in every single way.

  • Sol Hess

    Sol Hess gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    Tremendous shot and story! Bravo!

  • Joseph Brunjes

    Joseph Brunjes (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2009):

    Awesome shot!

  • C.S. Muncy

    C.S. Muncy said (26 Apr 2009):

    Conan's taking over as "the scourge of Carpathia."

  • Molly Gallegos

    Molly Gallegos (Deleted) said (5 Jun 2009):

    Excellent, with an equally excellent story - I wish more people would talk about the stories behind their photos as you do.

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (15 Jun 2009):

    very awesome shot and story.

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    That's an amazing story and a great shot. I love Conan. :)

  • Justin Richey

    Justin Richey (Deleted) said (19 Jun 2009):

    What a great catch! Congrats! I just noticed the painting from Ghostbusters 2 behind Conan.

  • Sherstin Schwartz

    Sherstin Schwartz gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    I absolutely love this! Great back story on this as well, gives the photo a little something extra.

  • Robea Patrowicz

    Robea Patrowicz (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    love conan, love this pic. great framing. really funny.

  • Anthony Skelton

    Anthony Skelton said (21 Jun 2009):

    Great backstory to this wonderful image. I love the glow around Conan and

  • J. B.

    J. B. said (2 Mar 2010):

    I'm with coco.

  • Berette Macaulay

    Berette Macaulay gave props (10 May 2011):

    that's hilarious! and damn cool. hahaha

  • Firas Al Raisi

    Firas Al Raisi said (5 Aug 2011):

    unforgettable memory am sure! nice shot

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