Predator

Alpha Whiskey Photography

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So, the lockdown has given me some time to finish this project. After seeing the Robocop pics someone sent me a Predator figure a while back and asked me to make some images.

I believe it’s the Cityhunter Predator from the second movie, rather than the Jungle Hunter from the first, so I placed city backgrounds (from my own archives) for the most part and tried to reference that movie for some of the poses (still prefer the first film like everyone else). Some of the shots make use of some ice cave images from my Iceland archives, as well as one of my moon shots.

And then there’s the Alien v Predator franchise, which although a marmite concept actually made more money than any of the standalone movies. So I borrowed the xenomorph from a previous client (thank you G!) and shot some carnage with that too. I realise purists may point out that movie involved totally different predator and xenomorph variants but not being a geek I didn’t care and worked with what I had.

The figure came with some accessories such as its unmasked head, the bloody skull, a spear and the flying disc. The hardest challenge was to make a plastic 18cm figure look moist and organic, helped by a reasonably decent sculpt and paint job in the first, but still necessitating dark shadows and high contrast in some shots. Not sure I succeeded every time.

In some cases I used a vaping device and spotlighting but in most I simply shot the Predator against a plain background, isolated the figure and then composited in the background and effects in post. Not much to show from behind the scenes other than the figure against the background.

Enjoy and be safe.

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As unconvincing as they were, I tried to mimic the plasma cannon's blast from the movies.
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Spoiler Alert: Predator loses his hand in the second movie.
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As shot in camera. Just added Predator's blood.
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Hunter's Moon?
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MORE AT: https://www.behance.net/alphawhiskeyphoto

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