To celebrate the anniversaries of The Wizard of Oz, Gremlins and The Matrix, we decided to create artwork inspired by the movies and put them in custom made LED frames.
2014 is a great year for movies: we have seen such future classics as The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and, er, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, 2014 is also a great year for movie anniversaries. Among the many movies that celebrate an anniversary this year we find 75 year old The Wizard of Oz, 30 year old Gremlins, and 15 year old The Matrix. How old does that make you feel, eh?
Nothing brings out the best (or worst) in a movie poster like the light boxes you find in the cinema. But what would make it even better? How about adding another dimension and making a 3D light box? We decided to celebrate the above mentioned classic movies by creating new artwork and displaying these in custom made LED light boxes. To do this we printed a Clear Window Sticker and a Satin Poster – the sticker for the front of the frame, the poster for the back and the LED lights go between them to create a sense of depth and contrast.
This is our box frame, complete with acrylic front.
These are our lights, including a controller with different settings and dimmer.
The light strips are self-adhesive and can be cut to the required length – perfect for our project.
The first thing to do is to take out the MDF and cardboard backing.
The next step is to remove the staples that hold the internal box in place.
Remove the internal box walls…
…and then the acrylic glazing.
Now that we have disassembled our frame we are ready to construct our first frame.
The Wizard of Oz
Step one is to spray some liquid (we used surface cleaner) on the acrylic sheet to easily apply the sticker.
The next step is to remove the sticker from the backing paper…
…and apply it to the acrylic sheet.
Use a squeegee to remove the liquid and air bubbles.
And here is our finished front.
The next step is to put the acrylic front back in the frame before giving it a quick wipe to remove the remaining liquid.
Then we need to measure and cut the LED strips.
Since the strips are self-adhesive they are very easy to apply.
After putting the poster in and cutting out a small triangle for the cable, the final part is to put the backing on.
And here is our finished frame.
After hanging the frame and plugging it in we can sit back and enjoy the Emerald City in all its glory.
Here is a slightly dimmer setting.
Here is our (almost) ready frame. The construction was exactly the same as above so we won’t bore you with the details all over again.
We haven’t seen Gremlins in years (in fact Tim Diginate has never seen it – must have had a miserable childhood), but imagine it’s still pretty good (probably the sequel as well). We have seen plenty of Mogwai though.
Here are our prints for our final celebratory artwork: 1999’s immensely popular and much copied The Matrix (however, the less said the better when it comes to the sequels).
Here it is hanging on the wall. When viewed from a distance it’s hard to make out anything other than the famous code…
…but when viewed up close or from an angle you can instantly see the backlit silhouette of Neo.
Hopefully this post will have got you geared up for re-watching these movies (or watching for the first time, if you are Tim Diginate), but whatever you do please don’t watch the last two Matrix movies. Trust us.