IT’S been a labour of love for a man and his girlfriend – and the result is out of this world.
Lifelong Star Wars fan Daniel Jamieson and Vicki Smith spent hours crafting intricate replicas of scenes from Star Wars out of Lego.
And now their creation – a 15-second film based on a scene from the sci-fi classic – has been chosen from hundreds of entries as overall winner at the Golden Brickies, dubbed the Lego ‘Oscars’.
Fans were encouraged to submit pictures, short films and set designs using only pieces of Star Wars Lego.
Daniel, 24, who lived in Polwarth and Leith when he was growing up, started building replicas from the legendary franchise out of coloured bricks with Vicki after they graduated from university.
He said: “I did have Lego when I was younger and I remember one of the first sets I received was a Star Wars one.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Star Wars but Lego has only really come into the focus since I left university and it became something Vicki and I did together.
“We didn’t have very much money to go out and we wanted to do something creative, so we started making the Star Wars Lego sets.
“Then when we did get jobs we were enjoying it so much that we decided to continue.”
The couple set up their own website to share their images of Star Wars scenes created out of bricks, before moving on to making short clips using the stop-motion technique popularised in Wallace and Gromit.
Daniel spent two days shooting the winning clip, and another two days adding in special effects, before he submitted it to the Golden Brickies, which were handed out earlier this week at Legoland in Windsor.
The former James Gillespie’s High School pupil said: “When we went along to the awards, we didn’t have any idea that we would win.
“It was such fantastic fun to make the film and it was unbelievable to be chosen out of all of those people.
“The great thing about Lego is it has become a new medium and loads of people are doing amazing creative things with it.”
Daniel and Vicki, who now live in Stratford, London, have won a year’s supply of Lego Star Wars sets and they already have plans in the pipeline for further animations.
Lego spokeswoman Emma Owen said: “The reaction to this talent contest has been overwhelming and the fan creations are just astounding. The creativity expressed in the hundreds of entries truly highlights the power of imagination when using Lego bricks.”
This is the first year the competition has taken place and finalists were chosen by an expert judging panel, including actor Warwick Davis, who starred as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and appeared in the Harry Potter series.
Warren is movie master
A childhood hobby of playing with Lego has turned into a career for one man from the Lothians.
Newhaven artist Warren Elsmore has made the headlines in the past by creating 60 famous silver screen moments out of the colourful plastic bricks.
Scenes ranging from the terrifying shower clip in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, to moments from Titanic and Life of Pi, have all been created in Lego as part of his new book, Brick Flicks.
The 37-year-old now takes corporate commissions for his Lego designs and has appeared at a string of international conventions.
He even created a model of the Forth Bridge and a version of London’s St Pancras Station using 180,000 bricks.