ByMichał Skrzypczyk, writer at Creators.co
Applied Psychologist, filmmaker wannabe, recently bought his first DSLR to shoot some movies but love his Star Wars figures too much.
Michał Skrzypczyk

I love Star Wars since I can remember.

As a matter of fact, seeing "A New Hope" on a big screen of my small local cinema is still one of my earliest and brightest memories from my childhood. Everything I did, every single childhood play or idea was marked by George Lucas' vision and shaped the way I see the world even now as an adult.

Last week, after 19 long years of being super fan my passion to The Saga emerged in computer screens of more than half milion people after I released stills from famous movies redone with Star Wars figures.

Recreation of a scene from movie North by Northwest
Recreation of a scene from movie North by Northwest
Recreation of a scene from movie Kill Bill vol.1
Recreation of a scene from movie Kill Bill vol.1
Recreation of a scene from movie Platoon
Recreation of a scene from movie Platoon
Recreation of a scene from movie Inception
Recreation of a scene from movie Inception
Recreation of a scene from movie 300
Recreation of a scene from movie 300

I never wanted to be a photographer. I wanted to be a filmmaker.

Since this very first screenings of remastered "A New Hope" and the two magnificent follow ups I was all about heroes, villains and ladies in distress. I had my own battles, my own stories to tell and no one could have stopped me, not even my little brother with his lightsaber in a shape of large blue soda bottle - I had green bottle so I ruled.

Sadly, reality was a bit different. It wasn't until last year when I bought my first camera and even then (I was getting my master's degree) I didn't have enough time to focus on cinema.

... so I decided to focus on photography instead.

But not regular photography - I craved for huge epic scenes. I wanted it to feel alive, cinematic and beautiful. I new I'm no graphic artist so everything should be practical and real. Everything should be like Star Wars! In order to make it big, I had to scale it down.

Soon I became much more interested in special effects, naturally I wanted to incorporate that into my work.

I took great interest in pyrotechnics, rear projection technique, miniatures and forced perspective. Everything I could use as a filmmaker.

Explosions created by igniting flash powder.
Explosions created by igniting flash powder.
Explosions created by igniting flash powder.
Explosions created by igniting flash powder.
This was achieved by simply putting set on fire
This was achieved by simply putting set on fire
Inside miniature diorama.
Inside miniature diorama.
Background was designed digitally...
Background was designed digitally...
... and projected on a screen behind the set.
... and projected on a screen behind the set.
Figures and vehicles were shot on black screen...
Figures and vehicles were shot on black screen...
... and composited into image.
... and composited into image.

I never thought I was gonna shot photos but it turned out to be really fun and fulfilling experience.

Making of:

Obligatory Cat Tax

more photos at my Instagram account

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