Ever wondered how and where the most iconic scenes in film are captured? Or find yourself recreating the Titanic scene everytime you step near the front of a boat?
Well, 20-year old film student Thomas Duke certainly has. Going around the world, he has recreated hundreds of famous movie scenes with the stills from the scene, lining them up perfectly and bringing them to life.
The results are amazing. Not only is it a clever idea, but the skill and timing required in each picture is incredible.
Whether it’s imitating the perfect beach shot on a beach, or capturing the perfect angles on a moving tube, or the painstaking searches for the perfect location, Duke’s pictures have taken him all over the world and have gained him thousands of followers.
“The idea’s always been in my head,” he explained to the BBC. “I just love exploring places and linking that with my passion for film.”
Thomas travelled to St. John’s College in the picturesque setting of Cambridge University, to capture this scene from the Theory of Everything.
“I always want to visit the scenes that mean the most to me. I can visit the places that I’ve only seen on screen.”
He doesn’t just contain himself to the UK either, travelling to the beaches of Dunkirk itself to recreate Christoper Nolan’s 2017 war epic, taking the picture suitably on Armistice Day of last year.
“Bond? Get on the train.”
Ah…we all remember this infamous scene of Bond launching himself onto the back of a moving District Line tube, and Duke decided this would be the perfect scene to recreate from the film.
“This one took a rather long time… I had to wait for multiple trains to make sure I lined up the doors as best I could. In the film they actually use the disused Jubilee station at Charing Cross. I tried to see if I could access it but alas… it’s all cornered off and there’s no way in!”, he explains on his Instagram account.
He travelled to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire to capture this scene from Wonder Woman, which is also where The Favourite was filmed; the period drama which saw Olivia Colman take home an Oscar.
This is one of our favourites.
Managing to find the exact location and the exact houses from the 1968 classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, he arrived to see that the same buildings were still standing exactly as they were 50 years ago!
This stunning shot in Turville, Buckinghamshire suggests that may not all that much has changed since then…just slightly uglier cars.
This Les Miserables recreation took Thomas to the Old Royal Naval College in London for the classic scene as they belt out, ‘Do you hear the people sing?’
Tom Cruise looks stern with the backdrop of Tower Bridge, but Duke explains how this wasn’t his preferred scene…
“I wanted to do the opening scene from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation but I’m still trying to get access to the airfield where it was filmed.”
Can’t wait to see that shot!
His search to capture this iconic Harry Potter scene took him to Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
Duke went to the famous King’s Cross Station to capture this scene from the Imitation Game, clearly an impactful film on Duke.
“Alan Turing is a hero. He’s the reason you’re reading this right now.”
“Inspiration seeps through The Imitation Game (2014)…Cumberbatch is absolutely sublime and portrays Turing so elegantly, I fell in love with the film the second I witnessed it.”
Thomas Duke’s creative idea to start his Stepping Into Film project really does take you right back to the film, and in many ways, mortalises the films.
Often the big screen can seem so distant, like an untouchable fantasy, but Duke’s pictures draw them into reach.
A film fanatic, sharing his passion through photography; HEKKTA genuinely can’t wait to see more of his uploads and pictures as time goes on.