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Darth Grader

Darth Grader

Posted to Flickr on 06 October 2014. Part of the Laugh! series. Funny is fun.™

“You may dispense with the pleasantries. I’m here to put you back on schedule.”

What if Darth Vader was your supervisor? Yikes.

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The inspiration for this photo came from an article I’m in the process of writing.


The setup for this photo was straightforward. Darth Vader is positioned atop a Doctor Who figure stand (mostly because it was handy) and holding a miniature metal clipboard. I reasoned that if a Dark Lord of the Sith carried a clipboard, it would probably be metallic. The backdrop is a sheet of purple glitter scrapbooking paper. A colored LED bulb provides the back-lighting. The remote control for the LED bulb can be seen in the setup photo.


The most difficult task was keeping the tiny props from falling off of Darth Vader. I used a bit of wire and tape to keep the clipboard in his hands. His red pencil is a prop created from a toothpick by me in 2010 for my Clark Kent vs. Grant Morrison photo. It is fastened to the side of his helmet with tape.

Above the scene (and not shown in the setup photo) is my trusty large circular diffuser, softening the ambient light in the room.


I tried other colors behind Darth Vader, including red to match his lightsaber, but I thought the purple one looked the most interesting.



Darth Vader has also spent time managing these locations:

Have you seen this photo somewhere else? Or are you using it yourself? I would love to hear from you! It's always fun to learn where my photos turn up.

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Darth Vader

Darth Vader is the central character in the Star Wars universe. Created by George Lucas, the character was the primary villain in the original trilogy Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), but he was one of the heroes in the prequel trilogy Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). His story is one of tragedy as the young Anakin Skywalker is lured away from his Jedi mentors to the Dark Side of the Force by Emperor Palpatine and eventually betrays everyone he ever cared for. In the original trilogy Darth Vader was played primarily by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones. Anakin Skywalker was played by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in the prequel trilogy. Darth Vader is a powerful character and perhaps the most iconic figure in the Star Wars saga.


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