Student Recreates Iconic Film Scenes With Photographs At Real-Life Settings

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird, World
Published 07.03.19
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It’s always a pretty surreal feeling when you find yourself in the setting of a particular scene from a film.

On balance it probably happens a lot more often than you realise but when you notice, you tend to take a picture or something.

There’s a good few pictures of me somewhere on Gibraltar rock pretending to be Timothy Dalton at the beginning of The Living Daylights.

Thomas Duke, however, takes things a step further as he endeavours to recreate scenes from films at their real-life settings, using screenshots from the films.

It’s pretty stunning attention to detail and you have to admire his graft…

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“Such a beautiful place, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend: Harry Potter.” • I remember sitting in the cinema frozen to my seat when Dobby fell to his knees and slowly passed away in Harry’s arms. I hadn’t read the books beforehand so I had no inkling as to what was about to happen… watching a character I’d come to love so, so very much die like this and fade away while talking about his friendship was heartbreaking. The last few words Dobby breathes embody his personality so much and it’s always such a hard scene to watch. Such an innocent little elf who only wanted good for everyone else. Rest in piece Dobby 💔 • Phew. What a whirlwind… of emotions and wind. Beaches are very windy indeed. I’ve wanted to visit this beach for so long but it was just such a long distance I never could. Until I decided that there was no better time than the present and it was beautiful. There was never going to much to ‘line up’ with this scene, it was all about the context and what happens. I’d never seen the hillsides of Wales until this weekend, I’m so lucky to have finally witnessed the glory they hold! Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire is where they filmed this scene, they built a little house on the marshlands behind it and that’s what’s seen in the film. • • #harrypotter #dobby #danielradcliffe #emmawatson #rupertgrint #dobbythehouseelf #death #friendship #magic #hogwarts #jkrowling #books #deathlyhallows #wizardingworld #ronweasley #wales #visitwales #lovegreatbritain #cinema #cinematography #filmography #film #photography #art #pottermore #walesonline

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“We shall never surrender.” • Today marks 100 years since the end of WWI. Today we remember all those who have lost their lives in the conflict of war. I wanted to commemorate this occasion with some related photography and Dunkirk (2017) felt like the most obvious film to explore. I walked along the beaches of the historical evacuation site and couldn’t stop reminiscing about all that happened on this sandy stretch. I was stepping through a film but first and foremost I was stepping through history, I will forever be thankful that I and all of us exist and that I was able to do that today. It was overwhelming to say the least. I shed a tear thinking about all that we could have lost if it wasn’t for the miracle that was given on that day in Dunkirk. This moment in history is one of many important moments and these pictures hopefully encapsulate the terrors, the sacrifice, and the loss – but also the hope – of what war can bring. We will remember, forever and ever. • I understand the whole film used various parts of the beach but for the most part the bulk was all towards one end. These pictures are about the symbolism as opposed to the exact spots of where they were filmed. ‘The Mole’, the long pier-like structure going out to sea, had a large white structure built for the film. The picture I’ve included of it here is in pretty much the same place but of course the white structure is no longer there. The other pictures are as close to/if not exact to the real places! • • #dunkirk #france #remembranceday #1918 #war #soldiers #thankyou #lestweforget🌹 #hope #sacrifice #heart #british #army #honour #royal #remember #family #love #film #photography #art #explore #travel #tomhardy #visitfrance #topfrancephoto #cinematic #britisharmy #royalfamily @france_travelers #steppingthroughfilm

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Coming from a land not familiar with the tribulations of mankind means that Diana Prince fights for what is truly right, what is pure and just. Her soul hasn’t been poisoned by the likes of gun powder and war-stricken states of mind. This scene in Wonder Woman (2017) shows her conviction to rid the world of evil yet also shows how unbeknown she is about the world she is trying to save. Killing one man will only worsen the situation and Steve Trevor has to make her understand this before an already blood-drenched war gets even bloodier. I can’t begin to explain the beauty of the words that Trevor spews throughout the entire film – “If you see something wrong happening in the world, you can either do nothing or you can do something” – but that ‘something’ isn’t always the way forward. Sometimes you have to watch things play out organically for things to come together poetically. THAT is what I adore about this adventure. It’s a lesson for humanity. Diana is learning about hope, trust, our very race, and through this we see how transparent and vulnerable we, as a species, really are. The film makes us appreciate the time we have in the present because sooner or later… it’s… gone… and then we all wished… we had… more… t i m e. • • #wonderwoman #pattyjenkins #director #life #love #friendship #art #creative #gold #vibrant #century #stevetrevor #chrispine

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“I’m so sorry. I failed you. You trusted me, and I failed you.” • Alfred stands over the final resting place of his life-long friend Bruce Wayne. A cascade of emotions run through his body as he feels the pain of regret surging into his senses, realising that he didn’t do enough to save the soul he held so close to his heart. This entire final sequence in The Dark Knight Rises is one of closure and peace to a franchise so beloved and masterfully created by Christopher Nolan. We watch each character go their separate ways as they each celebrate the life of ‘The Batman’, all of them now knowing the true hero behind the mask. In this scene Alfred is mourning the death of Bruce. He vowed to protect him, to nurture him for as long as he could, and now he lies in the ground. It breaks my heart to watch someone fill with this much sadness, the faces Michael Caine creates in this moment feel so raw and broken… I respect the harsh truth in his eyes and the uneven cracks in his voice… representing the now fragmented life he will lead without his best friend and companion. • But thankfully Bruce is alive and well! What if Alfred had a heart attack after hearing the ‘fake’ headlines?!? I’ve now re-created 2 scenes from the ending of The Dark Knight Trilogy and this was by far the hardest out of the 2. It looked so easy but oh no. It was really troublesome and took some time. With big blockbusters like this, especially Nolan, I’ve found that the perspective is often skewed with reality therefore making lining sections a little difficult. It was my first visit to Nottingham so that was a plus! @wollatonhall was something special. An extremely grand, rich, stone covered piece of architecture full of history. • • #batman #brucewayne #thedarkknight #dc #dccomics #superhero #waynemanor #alfredpennyworth #family #michaelcaine #garyoldman #morganfreeman #josephgordonlevitt #christianbale #christophernolan #filmmaker #film #photography #art #nature #explore #nottingham

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“If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” • It’s been 15 years since Love Actually was released and now it’s finally the season to watch it again and again! I couldn’t wait to re-create this film but I knew I should wait until it came closer to Christmas. It’s a film that everyone seems to watch around this time and I don’t know about other countries but it’s certainly a tradition here in the UK! Watching Alan Rickman shine and certainly with his arc in the film is really emotional seeing as he’s no longer with us. At least it reminds us of the bright spots one can bring. Seeing as the film intertwines different lives into one, I thought it was only fitting to do the same with the locations instead of simply just one. It was a trek! The gift-wrapping scene will always be my favourite – it makes me smile so much. • The first location is the Southbank. The second is in Selfridges. The third is in Notting Hill, and the last is at Heathrow! It was a long day… I visited Terminal 2, 3, 4, & 5. I was told different areas of the airport were the right places but this, Terminal 4, appeared to be the most talked of one so here we are. It’s undergone A LOT of refurbishment I was told, it was 15 years ago 🤷🏻‍♂️ • • #loveactually #christmas #winter #festive #beauty #family #love #loss #happiness #liamneeson #emmathompson #alanrickman #colinfirth #billnighy #film #photography #filmphotography #anniversary #selfridges #creative #london #outinlondon #loves_united_london #london4all #mysecretlondon @workingtitlefilms @theofficialselfridges @heathrow_airport @emmafreud

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I’ll never be ready to be reminded of Dobby’s last scene in Harry Potter.

It’s too much to bear.

Good work there, Thomas.

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