Get Ready for some Action and Adventure

May is behind us and we got our overdose of romantic movies. In June we go for Action and Adventure in our creative challenge.

The list is endless.

I spent yesterday (it was raining) browsing through screens and screens of action and adventure movies on Netflix, Viaplay, and my apple movie store to find the right inspiration (some would call it research, others would call it procrastination).

I considered dusting off my box with old DVD‘s. You know, those shiny discs that followed after the VHS tapes and we all keep in boxes stored away for those rainy days the internet is down. Browsing through some old forgotten memories.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jurassic Park. Terminator. Mission Impossible. The Matrix. Gladiator. Tomb Raider. Star Wars. Star Trek. Fast and Furious. And even Rambo popped up in my list (the first movie I saw in the theatre, don’t ask me why).
I kept on browsing.
Frodo passed by.
And so did Batman and the whole crew of Avengers.

Memories

I did not end up shooting an image for this post as I originally planned.
I felt guilty for not working hard and just browsing memories.
And then it dawned on me.

Jurassic Park in London – 2017


My IG feed was filled with images inspired by action and adventure movies.
My heroes, I like to mix and match.
Creating my own adventures across universes.

A little story from 2013

Matching universes in this small adventure on IG in 2013

Fond memories.
Time well spent in idleness.
And so here is my challenge for you this month.
Not one. Not two. But three adventure-packed actions for you.
You can choose to do all three of them or just one.
And yes, you may skip this month if the theme is not your cup of tea.

First. Tag one of your older works you really like and tell us why.

Just like I spent yesterday going through old memories, the images we took are equally part of our future work. They are the foundation on which we continue to build upon. And so browse back in your own IG feed and look at the images you took.
Now look for an image that was inspired by an action or adventure movie and that still speak strongly to you.
It does not need to be picture perfect.
As long as it speaks to you.
Go to the comments at the end of this image and tag it with #SiPgoesTT_Adventure and tell us by mentioning @stuckinplastic why you selected that image.
Maybe tag a friend to play along.
And engage in the conversation.

Second. Recreate a scene from your favorite movie.

The second one is to recreate a scene from a favorite movie of the action and adventure genre. You can just have fun with recreating the scene or turn this into a full learning experience and try to capture the mood, the lighting, and the camera angle.  
Or just be inspired by and go your own way.
Tag your image to #SiPgoesTT and #SiPgoesTT_adventure.

Inspired by Lord of the Rings, Gandalf the Grey took the fellowship for a walk in 2013.

And finally…

And for the final challenge, you become the movie director and can make the movie scene of your dream. In pictures. The goal is to create a story of (at least) three images representing the theme of the month. With a beginning, a middle, and an end (or a cliffhanger).

And some more…

And if you are up for the challenge you can make a 3 in 1 movie scene that slides seamlessly across on IG frame or goes across 3 posts.

Not sure how to start?
It is pretty easy and great fun.
You create a long pano shot that is at least 3*1 (the 3 squares) and make sure you have some space at the edges so you can crop.

And you make sure that there are three distinct stories happening inside the big picture.

Teaser included.

The story approach for inside frame sliding is slightly different as you actually start with the first image, while in the classic 3 grid post you start with the last first (like in a manga comic book) and you can tease it out over a couple of days (like one post a day with the story).

A classic 3 * 1 story grid.

In the above example in a classic 3 grid post, the teaser is with my fellow green adventures (3) on day one who wonder what is going to happen in the next frame (2). When our dark knight enters on his red bicycle with the love letter, we create the cliffhanger in picture two. Who is he going to meet? And then in image 1, we discover wonder woman ready to receive the letter.

In sliding mode the same story starts with Wonder Woman (1), and we are curious what she is going to receive. We see Darth in image 2, and we actually end with the cliffhanger on image 3 where our green men wonder what is in the letter. Maybe the winner of the romantic movie challenge of last month?

Different narative. Equal fun.

And this is how it looks on IG in #gridview

I personally like to make the image work in the full format as well, as you can see in the final result where it actually is more clear there are other characters in the image. Lady Liberty is easy, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are less obvious.

The Dark Knight – Private Collection – Astrid Lindgren Barnsjukhuset.

And you can do all of this on your smartphone as well with one image and some easy to use apps, no need for full-frame stitching and photoshop.

So, will you join us in the fun and join the adventure?

Boris

Post Scriptum.

Yes, there will also this month be a fantastic giveaway provided by The LEGO Group but the jury is still out on what is an approriate set because LEGO is all about action and adventure in one shape or form. Stay tuned.

And the Oscar for the Best Romantic Movie goes to…

May is already over, and so is last month’s challenge about romantic movies.

The runners-up

Thank you to everyone who embraced the romantic movie theme, there were some great movies captured. So before announcing the winner, let’s have a look at some of the other entries that caught our eyes.

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The Green Lightning – Lamborghini Sián

Finally

The news is officially out. A new super sports car has just entered the LEGO universe. Today our (probably) favorite tire producer from Denmark has announced a new partnership with the Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini. They joined forces to bring to life a model of the massively impressing Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Woody could hardly await this moment and had been spending all morning imagining what it would feel like to take this beauty out for a spin and got his early prototype box out.

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Don’t forget the giveaway and to be romantic!

A nice giveaway

At the beginning of the month, we’ve announced a challenge with a chance to win the amazing LEGO Bookshop 10270.

Nice picture of the bookshop from Me2

Your challenge

You have a few days left (till Sunday 31st of May) to enter the challenge.
Your mission?
Take one of your favorite romantic movies and recreate a scene from it.
Don’t find any movie to recreate a scene?
Create a romantic story with at least three images. You chose the place, the characters, the story.

Be sure to tag your photos with #SiPgoesTT and #SiPgoesTT_romanticmovie on social media so we can find out your picture.

My romantic challenge

After recreating a scene from Dirty Dancing, now let’s go for a little story, in a bookshop.

A romantic picture #SiPgoesTT #SiPgoesTT_romanticmovie
One day, in the bookshop of a small city…
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LEGO Minions – The Rise of Gru

Brick-Built Minions and their Lair 75551

The Movie Released Postponed

Our good friends over at the LEGO Group have kindly sent us two of the latest Minion sets to review. These new sets were unveiled in conjunction with the original release date for the Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me prequel.

Considering these times of uncertainty with lots of situations postponed, the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie was no exception. Originally the movie was scheduled to be released 2020. This timing was to commemorate the original film’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the movie has been rescheduled for release in the summer of 2021.

Still this set back has not stopped TLG releasing the new sets. And I must say they are great, being based on the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. LEGO has created Bob, Kevin, and Stuart in big and small. There are more sets available to add to your Minion collection.

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First impressions on the new LEGO Haunted House

I’ve been lucky to spend the past weekend building, playing with, and photographing the new LEGO 18+ Creator Expert 1073 Haunted House.

A week ago, on Monday, I got a notification from LEGO that a mystery package was on its way. Back then, I had no idea what to expect. Stefan told me it could be the leaked set that was “everywhere” online. As I don’t really follow people sharing leaks, I didn’t know what it was. When I finally saw the photos, I had mixed feelings.

I knew at some point I would have to take photos of the next Fairground set for LEGO. Yet, I had no clue what it would be, and couldn’t really imagine what LEGO could come up after the Ferris Wheel, Carousel, and Roller Coaster.

Even though I’m currently busy taking photos for our friends at LEGO, I want to take a break to share my early thoughts on this set. As I’ve said, my initial reaction to the official pictures was rather mixed. But I also knew I just couldn’t really judge such a set based on images. Now that I’ve had time to build it, play with and look at it over multiple days, I think I can put words on the good, the bad… and the ugly.

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Photographing a modular building

I love LEGO’s modular building series. But while they’re among my favorite sets, I had never photographed any. They’re great sets to build and look great in Beastburg, my own LEGO city. As an outdoor photographer though, they’re not what usually inspires me to photograph.

However, I didn’t buy the two previous modulars, the Diner, and the Garage. I initially wanted to as they look beautiful, but I ended up making the decision of skipping them. The main reason being that the style is quite different than the previous buildings I own, and thus they wouldn’t fit that well together. (And then there was the other problem that my city would eventually be full…)

But when I saw the first images of this year’s modular, 10270 Bookshop, I knew I’d have to get it. And then it happened that we’d get one for review from LEGO. The idea of challenging myself with photographing yet another type of large LEGO set was planted in my head.

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Let’s be romantic

As you’ve probably read on the blog, this month’s theme for our #sipgoesTT challenge is romantic movies. All of them. From princess stories with a happy ending (Cinderella) to sad ending stories (Titanic). From comedies (Bridget Jones’s Diary) to dramas (Casablanca). From historical movies (Pride and Prejudice) to musical movies (La La Land).

Sweet like candies or bitter like a lemon.

Romantic movies all have the same subject: love, love, love. But it can take so many different shapes and tell so many stories with variations. Perfect for the sentimentalist me!

My challenge

The famous movie Dirty Dancing is by far my favorite because when I was a teenager I watched it over and again without getting bored, with the same passion and excitement every time.

Dirty Dancing famous lift
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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time… you’ve got mail.
Or so they say.
April is a wrap.
May is upon us.
Time to leave the road movies and the SiPgoesCinquecento challenge behind us and get ready for an overdose of romance in our SiPgoesTT challenge of May.

Romantic Movies

Our theme this month is romantic movies.
The challenge is still the same.
Everyone can join.
And we even have a fantastic prize this month for one of you.

Once upon a time I got a bookstore …
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Little big adventures

It’s just a question of size

LEGO just released the fantastic Ideas set Pirates of Barracuda Bay.
It’s quite a big box full of bricks and minifigures and I must confess, there are stars in my eyes when I look at it.
In fact, almost every big set will do the same: bricks, bricks everywhere, and a large final build.
Large enough to make me ask myself: where would you put it?
The Batman UCS Tumbler, the Creator Mustang, Ideas Old Fishing Store, Quinjet, Airjutsu Temple, Lunar Lander, the SPACESHIP, all the Ninjago stuff, all the Star Wars ships…
All those sets are awesome, but it takes also a lot of space…

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