A behind the scenes look at TIME Magazine’s Star Wars cover shoot

A behind the scenes look at TIME Magazine’s Star Wars cover shoot

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 12.08.28 PMMarco Grob might be scared of robots, but when the TIME Magazine contract photographer was asked to shoot the cast of the new Star Wars movie, he wasn’t going to let a little fear get in the way of work.

In this behind the scenes video, TIME gives us an inside look at how Grob photographed the cast, both human and robot, to share with the world iconic namesakes that have been around since Grob was born.

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 12.07.17 PMThe video starts out with Grob explaining his fear and interaction with robots, including R2D2 and BB–8. Although it took a little while to warm up, Grob praised the work that went into BB–8, saying, ‘it has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible.’

As the video goes on, Grob starts talking about his experience and approach to shooting the human actors in the movie.

Below are a series of images captured by Grob that TIME has posted to their Instagram profile:

Meet the Cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Image 3 of 6 Star Wars cast member Gwendoline Christie poses for Swiss photographer Marco Grob (@marcogrob) for @TIME’s latest cover story. Christie has made a career of playing strong women: Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Comander Lume in The Hunger Games series and now, Captain Phasma in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. Her costume has particular significance, she tells TIME. “It is rare that women get to play a character and below the neck they are really covered up to the extent that you cannot really see the flesh outlines of their body,” she says. “It felt really progressive to me. And consequently I’m very proud to play this part because yeah, you look at her and she looks badass. But also it means something much deeper and it represents something of proper progressive thought.” Go behind the scenes of TIME’s #StarWars photo shoot at LightBox.time.com. Photo taken at Pinewood Studios London on Oct. 29, 2015.

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Meet the Cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Image 1 of 6 Swiss photographer Marco Grob (@marcogrob) captures Star Wars cast members, including Oscar Isaac who takes on the role of X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, for @TIME’s latest cover story. His character, a leader in the fight against the First Order in the new sequel, is befitting, he says, as he recalls reenacting fight scenes as a child with his uncle and cousins. “We would throw Star Wars-themed parties and collect the toys and dress up as the characters and actually memorize the fight scenes, the duels,” he says. “We’d try to reenact them with the lightsabers, but to a T. You know, say, “’okay no no no he goes left, right, left, right and then down.’” Go behind the scenes of TIME’s #StarWars photo shoot at LightBox.time.com. Photo taken in Madrid, Spain on Oct. 31, 2015.

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