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Stormtroopers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

I was very excited to get the call from Scientific Galaxian to photograph their cover story on the new First Order Stormtroopers.  With the First Order’s advances across the galaxy, the magazine wanted to shoot in the desert of Jakku for it’s symbolic connection to the fall of the Empire. My assistant Josh and I jumped on a freighter to the planet and scouted the area. We loved the infamous star destroyer remains and knew that had to be the place to go. We also needed to get some seamless shots so we set up in the hotel room outside the small village we stayed in.

Josh got to try on an extra helmet for our light test.

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The troopers themselves were really cool, named FN-2187 and TK-1478, though we weren’t allowed to photograph them out of uniform.

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Our second day we headed out at dusk to the Star Destroyer site. It was a tricky shot to get as we didn’t have much time to get the remnants of the sunset while still being dark enough for a star field.  Luckily everything worked out perfectly. Unfortunately we needed to shoot the TIE fighters separately and add them in post.

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Thanks again to Camie who brought us in on this great project! Final layouts are below.

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Happy Star Wars Day. May the Force be with you!

Read also: Darth Vader Photo Shoot

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