We learned before that the original lightsaber was made from a flash handle ‘40s Graflex camera. That’s about its looks – but have you wondered how its sound was made? Sound Designer Ben Burtt recently revealed that the sound of the iconic movie weapon was inspired by a film projector motor and a TV set. He shared a story about how he created the sound, and if you’re a Star Wars geek, you’re gonna love this.
100 Lego Star Wars photos from one dedicated toy photographer
UK based photographer David Saunders has reached 100 photographs in a Lego Star Wars project. David shoots Lego, dinosaurs, action figures, and other awesome toys. If you ever have a moment take a look at his social media. The images will amaze you.
To stay on top of our game, photographers should undertake personal projects. If you need inspiration, you’ve certainly found it here!
How to create a Mandalorian light blaster effect in After Effects
The whole web seems to be buzzing with talk about The Mandalorian right now. After finally watching it, and realising it wasn’t a show about a “Half man, half Delorean“, I can see why. I’m not going to post any spoilers here, but if you haven’t seen it, and you’re at all a fan of Star Wars, you should. It’s probably the best thing they’ve done with it in a while.
One effect of Star Wars, that’s pretty much as old as the Star Wars franchise itself is the iconic blaster. They’ve been shot by everybody over the years, so it’s no surprise they show up in The Mandalorian, too. In this video, Yannick at Cinecom shows us how to easily make them in Adobe After Effects.
This is how to take epic action toy photos on a very tight budget
Most of us won’t have the chance to take photos at the actual Star Wars movie set. But hey, that’s why we have action figures! With figurines and miniatures, we can create realistic action scenes and take some epic photos. And what’s more, we have an excuse to play with toys.
So, if you’re up for some action shots at your own home, Photographer Raj Khepar shares a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks in his latest video. Follow them if you want to take epic toy photos on a very limited budget, mostly with the stuff you have lying around the house.
This is what it was like to be a cinematographer of The Empire Strikes Back
All of us writing for DIYP are into photography and/or filmmaking, and since you follow our blog, I believe you are, too. But are you also a Star Wars fan? If you are, then you’ll love this video recently posted by CookeOpticsTV. In this video, cinematographer Peter Suschitzky talks about his experience as the director of photography for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He reveals what it was like to build sets on a budget, how he lit the scenes, and even how he created the light for lightsabers!
Original raw Star Wars footage highlights the impact of good sound design – Also, Han totally shot first
We’ve posted before about the massive amount of work that went into the creation of Star Wars and how the movie was basically saved from disaster in the edit. And there has been plenty of content made over the years covering how some of the crazy sound effects in the Star Wars universe were created, like the iconic light sabre.
One thing not often shown, though, is how scenes compare with their original sound vs the final production sound – well, except for Darth Vader voiced by David Prowse’s before James Earl Jones was dubbed on top. Here, though, we see the original dailies from the Cantina bar scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, and you really realise just how much difference sound design makes.
Understanding the exposure triangle with a little help from Star Wars Lego
Understanding exposure is vital if you want to make informed decisions about your photography. And specifically understanding the exposure triangle. The relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. It’s a delicate balance that newer photographers can often struggle with. But let Aaron Nace guide you through it in these videos with a little assistance from Star Wars Lego.
How I transformed a human into AAYLA SECURA on a low budget
With an athletic build, an exotic beauty, and blue skin, Aayla Secura stood out among the many faces of the Jedi ranks. I invited Fawlkes Forge Cosplay to the studio to create some cool images as she portrays Aayla perfectly. I asked her how and why she started cosplaying. Here is what she had to say.
Having always loved dressing up, be it in costumes for amateur theatre productions or Halloween, I was so happy when Cosplay became a wider part of modern culture. I love being able to become a different person for a few hours and see the faces of people I interact with. I especially love seeing children’s faces when they actually believe I am the real character. It is also a massive boost to be part of a group of like-minded individuals who enjoy raising money for charity and generally being geeky together. What more could you ask for than to raise money for a good cause whilst doing something you love.
This video teaches you the basics of aperture using Star Wars Lego
If you’re new to photography, there can be many concepts that still seem overwhelming and confusing. In this video, Aaron Nace of Phlearn explains the basics of aperture to help you grasp the concept and see what the change of aperture does for your shots. But the fun part is: he uses Star Wars Lego (and even Master Yoda’s voice occasionally) to guide you through the theory. I think that it hardly gets more amusing than that.
Felix crashed an X-Wing in the desert to make this photograph
Photographer Felix Hernandez is on a real Star Wars kick at the moment. He’s just released the second in his Forgotten Titans series, and it looks even better than the first. The sight of a crashed X-Wing isn’t something you want to run into when stranded in the deserts of Jakku or Tatooine, but it does happen, and that’s what Felix has recreated here.
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