Rey Returns

Rey Returns

What happens after the events of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015?) In this short film directed by Josh Yadon and CC Weske with Force Storm Entertainment, Rey returns and we get a looking into a Jedi training session with the one and only Luke Skywalker. Piggyback rides are included.

This was my first time working with these incredible artists. It’s always so inspiring being a part of a project bigger than yourself. Josh and Deangelo Harding (Director of Photography) might just be some of the most ambitious filmmakers I’ve personally seen in action. Noah Fleder (Producer) is a modern-day Jedi Master. And of course it’s impossible to overlook CC’s uncanny likeness to Daisy Ridley. –Though I do believe that her fight scene is much more impressive.

Between takes I photographed CC and her father Tim Weske in their respective characters. Primarily I stuck with using a Sony 35mm f/1.4 FE on a Sony A7r II for the wider environmental portraits and the Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE for the more punched in close-ups.  Lighting wise I used a giant reflector and had a Profoto B1 500 on standby. Overall I wanted to keep the light on CC very, very soft but still have some subtle shadows so that she’s not completely flat. The strobe on standby was intended to add a little hair light for background separation.

CC Weske in Rey Returns by Melly Lee (


I’m quite please with how the images turned out –Adding lightsabers and imagining how the glow they cast would fall on their users is a fun mind puzzle to do in post production. Now enjoy the film!

Watch The Film:

Behind the Scenes:




Sony A7r II

Sony 28mm f/2 FE
Sony 35mm f/1.4 FE
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE

Peak Design Slide Strap

Profoto B1 500
Profoto White Beauty Dish
Softlighter II Umbrella (60″)
Air Remote Transceiver (Canon/Nikon)

CC Weske in Rey Returns by Melly Lee (


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