For most of our readers who are also Star Wars fans, today is a big day – Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres today. The movie cast has been under the spotlight for the past few weeks, giving interviews and being photographed. Photographer Jesse Dittmar got to capture their group shot for The New York Times, and he only got two minutes to do it!
We’ve already seen some splendid work of L.A. photographer Mitchel Wu. Whether it’s Kermit the Frog or the Toy Story crew, Mitchel’s photos are always humorous and they put the toys in all kinds of silly situations.
For this article, the photographer has prepared a special treat for all the Star Wars fans out there. The official premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is approaching, and this set of photos will be a perfect warm-up. Just like his previous work, this set is also rich in great ideas, and Mitchel pulls off most of them in-camera. He also sometimes merges Star Wars toys with those from other movies, so expect the unexpected!
Star Wars is one of the most well known and popular movies ever. Although, I recently did a poll of my friends on Facebook and it surprised me just how many have never seen it (what’s wrong with you people?). But, the success of the movies and the franchise as a whole was not guaranteed. And certainly not in the beginning.
They say that a story is written three times. First in the screenplay, then in production, and finally in the edit. And it wasn’t until the final edit that Star Wars: A New Hope all came together. This video from Rocket Jump Film School goes through the changes that were made to save a film that, by all rights, should not have succeeded at all.
When it comes to family photos, especially around the holidays, the ones that most of us shoot are pretty boring. Photographer Josh Rossi felt he’d fallen into this trap, too. This year, he put his foot down decided that it’s not going to happen again. You might remember Josh, he’s the guy who dressed up his 3 year old daughter as Wonder Woman for Halloween.
Being a huge Star Wars fan, and with the impending release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Josh decided to pay homage. This year, his family photos were to be themed around the posters being used to promote the movie.
Master Yoda said some very wise words before he passed on to join Obi-Wan. I bet you didn’t think he was talking about photography, though, did you?
Ok, so he might not have been guiding Luke in the ways of photography during his time on Dagobah, but his lessons are applicable. In this video, Marc Silber from Advancing Your Photography gives us his interpretation of Yoda’s wisdom, and how it relates to photography.
You’ve probably already noticed that we at DIYPhotography love toy photography, Star Wars and LEGO. A young photographer Lampert Benedek brings them all together! He spent two months creating this photo series, featuring LEGO toys in all kinds of situations and with lots of action. And the best of all, he (almost) entirely used practical effects to pull it all off.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we love toy photography and Star Wars. And today we have a treat for fans of both. Photographer Matt Ferris shared his photo of an X-Wing Starfighter, and we were immediately drawn by it. Although it’s a toy photo, it looks pretty real, just like it came straight from the movie.
Matt was kind enough to share the details of creating the photo with DIYP. What I find especially interesting is that he relied more on practical effects than on post-production. It took some rain, a puddle and a can of compressed air to create the desired effect. Just a few post-production tricks later, he got some pretty impressive results. Here are the details of the setup for the shot:
Did you know that the most iconic movie prop ever was made out of a piece of photographic gear? While George Lucas was making A New Hope, he used all sorts of junk as props. He wanted to suggest the sense of history and make the items in the movie seem used. Because of this, set decorator Roger Christian looked for props in thrift stores and at antique dealers. At a small photography shop, he found a piece of gear that will become something we can’t imagine Star Wars without, and a prop every Star Wars geek dreams of having.
Photographer Rich Johnson is no stranger to Star Wars and space, a lot of his work revolves around space (and some not), but I think it’s safe to say that none of his previous works is as total and as encapsulation as his celebration or Rey portrayed by his daughter.
Rich tells DIYP a little bit about how this wondrous project came to be and how it was created:
Being a huge Star Wars fan, you could imagine my excitement when I took my family to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. As my family and I neared the end of the movie, I realized the character Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) was going to be one of those characters that was going to be awesome all on her own, without the assistance of needless, gender-based dialogue. From start to finish, the focus was on her character, not her own self awareness of reality-based gender limitations.
Since I’m the father of an amazing three year old girl, these characters have become very important to me. I know it’s essential that my daughter focuses on being the best she can be, regardless of the many boxes the world will inevitably try to put her in, and she needs strong female heroes she can look up to. As soon as she watched ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, she was hooked. When the movie hit Bluray she watched it over and over, and Rey has since become her favorite character, all without any parental coercion from me.
I’ve seen (and bought) my fair share of Star Wars gadgets and toys. But the guys from FliteTest have taken Star Wars gadgets to a whole new level. They built their own giant Death Star drone to recreate the attack scene. But this one has a slightly different flow and ending, and if you are on the Dark Side, you will shed a tear of joy.