I decided to recreate a movie scene from one of my favorite movies, Taken. I tried to recreate Bryan Mill’s confused/worried facial expression when he is on the phone with his kidnapped daughter. Since the movie is from 2008, the video quality is not the best, so I tried to mirror the quality by taking the picture on my cheap Motorola instead of my friend’s iPhone.
For this sketch assignment, I have decided to recreate one scene from “Marley & Me,” because it is one of my favorite movies. Also, it is a movie that I always cry when I watch, since I also have a dog.
Below is my recreated version of the scene. I took my dog’s picture when she was sad because I did not give her more snack. Even though my dog is not a golden retriever like Marley in the movie, I think their facial expressions look similar to each other.
For this sketch assignment, I have decided to re-create the iconic poker scene from casino royale. Having watched the movie a few times, I still get excited when James Bond reveals his straight flush, which very rarely happens.
Here is my version of this scene, which I re-created using a deck of cards and my poker chips. I do not have the black and red chips they used in the movie, so I used black ones instead. I also could not position my hand correctly, so those are the only major differences.
Chris Pratt holds the raptors at bay in Jurassic World.
Choose a single moment from a movie or television episode and recreate that scene as closely as you can in a single photograph. Think about how you can creatively use wardrobe items or props that you already have at your disposal and the landscapes and building spaces available to you in order to create your scene. In fact, you might find that it’s best to begin by thinking about what you might be able to pull off and to work backward from there to choosing a scene.
By definition, you don’t have incredibly powerful movie cameras, cinematographers, a cast and crew, a prop and set design department, and CGI f/x staff for post production; therefore, you are never going to perfectly recreate any scene. However, with a little creativity you can still create a powerful version of a scene even without all that fancy paraphernalia, as in the version of Jurassic World at the top of this post and others seen here.
More than a decade ago, I recreated these scenes above as part of a larger photographic creative project. For my version of Lost in Translation, I rearranged the furniture in my bedroom and borrowed my wife’s bathrobe. I could never quite get the tilt of my head right. For my recreation of Albrecht Dürer’s Self Portrait of 1500, I couldn’t reproduce the proportions because I was required to make all my shots 4×3 landscape photos and my hair wasn’t long enough to quite pull off the portrait. But I bought a black plastic tablecloth for 99 cents for the background and made the sleeve decorations with crayons on paper. I used a fuzzy scarf and an old leather jacket for the clothes. Despite taking numerous shots and studying the painting very, very closely, I could never get my right hand into exactly the correct position.