Walk us through the steps involved in recreating the scene.
It´s a challenge to try and get everything right when recreating movie scenes while at the same time make it with your own style. In addition, a big challenge with a shot like this, is to find the right location. The tree has to be in the right size to scale properly with the figures, and the surrounding trees, grass and background have to look right in the photo. I went to two different forests for this before I found this spot. Once I decided on a location I make some some test shots in different angles without any figures in it to see if my decision for the spot is right, and to get a feel of how the shot will look in the end. I also try some different settings on the camera so I will know which one to use. After that I begin setting up the scene.
I´ve done a few shots of the Black Series 6” speederbike “floating” in the air before so I knew to bring some steel wire to wrap around the bike and figure to make it stand on the ground with just the wires supporting it. I wanted it to look as natural as possible; the speeder should look like it´s caught in the rope I made and tied around the tree. Several minor adjustments had to be made both on the position of the speeder and the camera angle before I started working on the Ewoks in the foreground. They are in a different scale though (The Vintage Collection 3.75) but I felt they scaled alright with the rest. Finally, I used some Atmosphere Aerosol smoke in a can to make the photo “come to life” a bit more. In post I use Photoshop to remove the wires and add some motion blur to the speeder. I also changed the colors and made some other changes to the photo to make it look a little more like a movie still.