The blog Cardboard Box Office recreates scenes from your favorite movies with — you guessed it — cardboard. As the blog touts, it's a photographic collection of "homemade creations of some of your favorite scenes from film and TV built from some of our favorite domestic junk." And it's pretty freakin' adorable.
The blog features parents Lilly and Leon and son Orson dressed up in costumes, recreating some of the most memorable moments from cinema history. And their creations are pretty hard to forget in their own right!
"The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth). With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun," the blog states.
According to Lilly, "We had been living in Melbourne for about a year and our garage was still full of flattened moving boxes. I wanted to throw them in the recycling bin but Leon was adamant that we'd be able to use them for something."
Everything in the photos is homemade. "The costumes, props, and sets in Cardboard Box Office are created entirely out of everyday household items, toys, cardboard, and three individuals slowly losing their sanity," says Cardboard Box Office.
“We wanted to create a one-off family photo depicting our new messy and sleep-deprived lives,” said Lilly in an interview with the Huffington Post. But most sleep-deprived parents don't create cardboard wonderlands!
Their first photo, a parody of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was a hit. "People loved it and asked for more. Suddenly we had a use for the boxes. It just went from there," said Lilly. As Orson has grown, so has their blog.
Each scene takes roughly four or five hours to put together, and are done on Saturday afternoons. “Leon ‘builds’ a rough idea of the set in his head during the week but sometimes things don’t quite work out...," said Lilly.
"We choose films that contain either an iconic set, costume, vehicle, or monster," said Lilly of their artistic process. "If it doesn't contain at least one of these elements, the references in our version of the film won't be obvious enough to work."
The couple tries to upload a new photo every few weeks to their blog. Their posts have earned them over 33K fans on Facebook and 3.5K followers on Twitter. Not bad for something that started out as a way to use old boxes!
The internet loves Leon and Lilly's constructions, but what about their son Orson, who features prominently in each scene? “He loves crawling through the sets, yabbering away to himself while ripping the side off a makeshift vehicle or whatever he can get his hands on," said Lilly.
The couple have been getting input from fans on what scenarios they should recreate, and have planned on getting Orson's input as he grows as well. “We’re wanting to include [Orson’s] input a lot more when he gets a bit older. We think he’d have some really funny ideas,”said Lilly.