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Animating Lego – A Star Wars MicroFilm

Q: What do you do when you dig up a few old Lego Star Wars toys from the attic?

A: Immediately start story boarding a stop motion film, obviously.

For no other reason than to see if I could, I set myself the challenge of making a ‘Microfilm’ – A small but perfectly formed animation that was as filmic as I could manage. After a bit of testing and a few hours of shooting and editing this is the result.

If you’re wondering how this was made, here’s a shot to illustrate just how low tech the setup was. It’s all about cunning placement of cameras, macro lenses and very careful planning and measurements when it comes to tracking shots. IMG_2496

I used a Nikon D750 with a 35-70mm macro lens, a printed background of Liverpool docks and an assortment of paper clips and blu-tack to position the models. Whenever an object is thrown (or forced) in the film it has been shot with a paperclip support that is then painstakingly edited out of each frame. It’s a labour intensive task but I’m super happy with the results.


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The Purple Wedding: Kevan and Jenni geek out on their big day.

No, not THAT purple wedding. This one is an altogether lighter affair don’t worry.

When I met Kev and Jen they had seen my work and were interested in my more unusual work, they wanted someone who could really tell their story and capture all the many details they had planned for the biggest day of their lives.

I knew straight away it would be a good one after hearing tales of homemade dresses to follow the super-purple theme, bespoke table centres, custom card boxes and samurai swords. It turned out I had underestimated the level of geek chic we were talking about…

The wedding was held at Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth and I arrived to find Jenni putting the finishing touches to her dress as the girls readied themselves around her. Jen was keen to show off her shoes, a pair of Julian Hakes heels that defy logic and look fantastic. I get the feeling that when started planning the wedding these were top of the list.

Downstairs in the venue, Kev was busy organising the table centres that represented the various loves and hobbies. I particularly like the Lego Stargate, tiny Tardis and the amazing card box made to look like a fantasy potion kit. Bonus points if you can name every space ship!

Final preparations were made, guests were rounded up and the wedding went without a hitch. Jen looked stunning in flowing purple and you can see it in Kev’s look. I love capturing that first moment when a groom sees the bride, that’s happy right there. After a lovely ceremony we took advantage of the good light and organised a group photo outside. For me this means dangling precariously from a window whilst my second photographer captured one of my favourite shots of the day. The confetti shot from the ground would only be possible when using a second shooter as the group is looking up at me, not at him. Great shot Chris, what a result.

As guests filed inside to enjoy a snack we took the couple to get some candid and posed key shots. I like to make sure the couple get a break from the camera and use longer lenses whilst they spend a few minutes just enjoying the day. Inside we used multiple lights to show off the dress once again (and don’t forget the shoes) as the wedding breakfast was prepared.

Friends and family were met with chocolate Lego, a sweet bar, an amazing cake including three pet cats and the one of the best wedding favours I’ve seen, keyring bottle openers presented in a style that reminds me of Bioshock which let’s face it, is cool.

So, what could finish up this evening? A ceilidh band that’s what. This was inspired and made the dance a real event. Instead of the usual pop songs and golden oldies this group whipped up a storm and kept everyone on their feet and laughing. It was here I snapped another of my favourites. I know that’s the bride getting ready to cut the cake in the silhouette shot but it has a Tarantino feel that tells it’s own story.

Later I took the couple outside to capture some stunning shots with the venue lit up at night. Admittedly those stars don’t really belong there but a little artistic license is allowed I think.

Kev and Jen are a perfect couple and I loved spending the day with them. If you’ve been inspired by their geek chic check out their custom invitations and just wait till you see what I did with their wedding album.

Preview – A geek themed super wedding coming soon

Kev and Jenni are quite the couple. They collectively enjoy Xbox, knitting, doctor who, scouting and all things science fiction.

You might remember them from their epic handmade invitations. I expected the wedding to be equally impressive and they did not disappoint.

The attention to detail during the day was incredible, the couple hand made most of their decorations with table centre pieces representing their various interests, carved and folded books, a ‘spell kit’ card box and much more .

Check out the Julian Hakes shoes, matching Jen’s purple dress they have to be some of the best accessories I’ve seen.

A full blog of the day is coming but for now here’s just a few teasers.