The idea to decorate the Palace Cinema actually came to me several years ago back when The LEGO Movie was released. My children get the official LEGO Club Magazine, and it had an illustration where a host of figures were streaming into 10232 Palace Cinema, although it was slightly modified. Instead of the more vintage movie posters that come with the set, they had been replaced by advertisements featuring Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang. At the time I thought that it would be a really cool thing to try, but never did anything about it.
Fast forward to today and the pending release of The LEGO Batman Movie, I realised this was my second chance to get to that poster switch. In those intervening few years, my photography skills have improved so my imagination started running – the idea to not just decorate the Palace Cinema, but do an entire build of the film’s premiere was born.
I did not realise quite how complicated this would become. It took three iterations of constructing the entire premiere layout, and photographing it, before the results were finally satisfactory. All told the project ultimately involved not just building, but creating graphics for the stickers, and purchasing additional lighting equipment to get the kind of shots I wanted. The first two rounds of images didn’t work because I couldn’t get close enough. Actual premieres are all about the closeups of the actors and actresses. My builds were keeping me at a bird’s eye view. It took a while but I finally got it right – it was totally worth it.