We just posted about Felix’s Sandtroopers project yesterday, but is it too soon to post another Star Wars miniature related project? We don’t think so, so here’s a behind the scenes look into photographer Matthew Callahan’s essay, Galactic Warfighters.
As a US Marine, Matthew serves as a combat correspondent, giving him special insight into war photography that many of us will never be able to experience first hand. In his Galactic Warfighters series, Matthew aims to humanise the faceless soldiers of the Star Wars universe by combining the worlds of science fiction with real world war photography scenes.
Basing his work off real world scenes, and iconic war photography images, Matthew definitely brings these small characters to life.
The image above is based on Lucian Read’s “Hell House” photograph shot in November, 2004. You can see the original image here on Lucian’s website. The next image is based off a picture of Sgt. William Bee photographed by Goran Tomasevic in May, 2008.
Matthew’s technical abilities are at least as impressive as the mood and emotion that these images pass along to the viewer, taking miniature action figures and breathing life into them.
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Backblast Area CLEAR! Advanced Recon and Airborne Commandos fire a Mk 153 shoulder-fired multi-purpose assault weapon during joint weapons system familiarization training. The projectile explosive weapon is used to bust tanks and bunkers for light infantry. The troopers worked together as gunners and assistant gunners to get used to operating in the same environment together for future operations. #starwars #clonewars #toyphotography #SMAW #Marines #dyegb #specialforces #Toyslagram_BEST_2015 #toyslagram
As with a lot of miniature photography, Matthew creates staged scenes in which to photograph the action figures.
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Behind The Scenes: Conventional effects are a must when I'm creating my imagery. For "The Last Patrol" frame, I enlisted the help of my best friend Sam and our friend Rachel. After I set up a tabletop scene using rocks, ash and pebbles, setting up the clones using galvanized wire, we used an air compressor blown into a big tub of ash while Sam threw pebbles from the other direction to create the chaos in the scene. My intent was to kick up enough dust so that I wouldn't have to digitally remove the galvanized wire in post production. It worked well. Hope this helps all you toy photographers out there. Thanks for following! #BTS #starwars #clonewars #behindthescenes #howto
When the fighting’s all over, sometimes you just want your subject to sit for a nice studio portrait.
It’s a very cool project, and the real world inspiration gives it an interesting twist.