Words by Jesse Feyereisen
Edited by Eryka Bagwell
LEGOs can fly in space right? Sure why not! For this shot I wanted to see what it might look like if you dropped a Lego Tie Fighter right into a space movie.
For this shoot I setup the scene on a tabletop. I used a Platypod Ultra, Gooseneck, and Super mini clamp to hold up the little Tie fighter in position. V-Flat in the back as my backdrop, and then setup my camera right on the table with a Platypod eXtreme and Platyball ball head.
For lighting I used a single Godox AD200 in a 34” soft box overhead, and surrounded the subject with a few bounce cards for light fill. Finally, I placed a speed light with a green gel on the table pointing upwards to give me some light spill from the blaster fire I would add later.
In post, I replaced the background with a star field and gave it some motion blur to give the scene some momentum. I also gave the Tie a bit of rotational blur to simulate some movement of the ship as if it’s rolling and maneuvering in space. Then added the blaster fire and accompanying reflections in the cockpit. Finished off in Lightroom with a color grade and final crop(s).