Photographer Takes ‘Back To The Future’ Photos With A LEGO DeLorean

Hungarian photographer Benedek Lampert has captured a beautiful series of photos paying homage to the iconic sci-fi film Back to the future. What’s nice is that each of the images was created with a LEGO DeLorean car and some simple hands-on effects.

“Back to the Future is my childhood and a movie I can watch anytime,” Lampert said. PetaPixel.

LEGO announced a new $170 “Back to the Future Time Machine” set for building a DeLorean, and Lampert was able to get his hands on a pre-release set thanks to his ongoing work with the company. of toys – LEGO hired Lampert a while ago after seeing his miniature toy photograph and having him take pictures of LEGO Star Wars.

After building the LEGO car and reviewing the three Back to the future inspirational movies, Lampert got to work creating realistic, small-scale photos with his little DeLorean.

The DeLorean jumping through space-time

“The first photo was obvious. That moment when the time machine jumps into the space-time continuum,” says Lampert. “I wanted to create the special effects in real life, in front of the camera. This is my main principle with every image. Really do as much as I can [life]. That’s why these photos are still photos and not digital art.

“Of course, I use post-production, and color grading is one of the most important parts if you want to achieve a cinematic look.”

For the car’s headlights and taillights, Lampert used bright LED parts from Lightailing.

To create flashes and flames, Lampert turned to light painting, the practice of creating streaks of light in a long exposure photo by moving points of light across the frame while capturing the image. .

“The light painting technique was the solution,” explains the photographer. “I used a simple lighter for the flames and an LED strip for the electricity. I had countless attempts and experiments to achieve the perfect flames and lightning.

“Because of these practical effects, I can’t avoid using Photoshop for motion blur. Other times I get the effect of movement with a rolling platform under the vehicle, but that wasn’t possible with light painting.

The DeLorean covered in steam

The second photo in the series shows the time-traveling car covered in steam after traveling through space-time.

“The second image is a bit dreamy,” says Lampert. “It’s not a classic movie scene. It’s more about design and a bit mysterious.

The secret of “steam” was a large amount of dry ice.

“I bought 10 kg [22lbs] of dry ice to get that massive vapor. They created this effect with dry ice even in the original movies. It was my first time working with stuff like this, so I had to face some difficulties. For example, when I poured hot water over the ice, the entire decor and the table were soaked.

“On the other hand, it was really fun, and I’m sure I’ll use this dry ice technique many times in the future,” says the photographer. “In this photo, everything is real, except for the flashlight in the car. »

The DeLorean in the desert

The third and final shot in the series is a desert scene that pays homage to Back to the Future III.

“The third part of the Back to the Future movies is a masterpiece laced with Western sentiment,” says Lampert. “With this set you can build all three versions of the DeLorean. So I put the western accessories on the car and got out.

“There is a large field nearby where the conditions were perfect for this Wild West image. I brought some scenery items with me and set up a grassland environment. After that I used Floor Dust and Atmosphere Aerosol for the fly and smoother dust. In this image, every part is real.

A glimpse behind the scenes

Here’s a 4-minute behind-the-scenes video showing how each of the photos was taken with hands-on effects:

You can find more of Lampert’s work on his Instagram.

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