Flux capacitor … fluxing! The team over at Macro LEGO Universe put together a wonderful and tiny recreation of one of the most memorable scenes in all of cinematic futurehistory. Back To The Future‘s clock tower scene is fraught with suspense thanks to connections that just won’t stay connected. It has been charmingly recreated via stop-motion animation and everyone’s favorite building blocks to prove that, once again, even timey-wimey danger is more charming in LEGO. Especially when Marty McFly himself is charging in the DeLorean!
Reducing Christopher Lloyd‘s performance as the perfect mad scientist “Doc Brown” to a just a few surprised Lego faces is actually as effective as it is cute. Granted, a little bit of the suspense is lost in the frantic wire-connection scene, but there’s still a lot to be said for the SFX work done here which really elevates the scene.
The scene was filmed at last year’s BRICK, a convention in London where Lego enthusiasts meet and display a truly impressive host of creations, including representations of properties that haven’t even yet been licensed by LEGO. I know, it’s hard to believe that there’s not an official LEGO set for literally everything, but until that inevitable time comes, these incredible builders are spending their time bringing the larger-than-life to a wonderfully small scale enjoyable experience.
According to Macro LEGO Universe’s official website, VFX artist Christopher Hetherington is responsible for the lightning, fire and end credits. I know plenty of artists out there are sharing their advanced work more freely, but I’m always impressed when quality effects work makes its way into an independent production not endorsed by a studio.
Sisters VFXers are doin’ it for themselves.
Filmmakers Daniel and Vicki from Macro LEGO Universe already have a repertoire of great still recreations of famous movie scenes, with more video recreations inevitable. Their official website has a gallery of great behind the scenes images of the above movie which you can only view there, so head on over and check it out. As for the Back To The Future clock tower set they filmed on, it was built by Elspeth De Montes, whose work can be found here and here.