The kind of technology you can buy off the shelf at Wal-Mart for a few hundred dollars today totally eclipses the $1500 prosumer favorites of the late 90’s. Never before has it been so cheap or easy to make your own movies.
So what better way to figure out how to do it than remake someone else’s? Sure there’s been ambitious stuff like the Raiders of the Lost Ark remake, or the crowdsourced Star Wars, but after two years of work, two brothers from Arizona have unveiled their shot by shot remake of Toy Story, complete with real children, real babies, real dogs, and of course, real toys. Sure you can see the strings, and not all of their chroma-keys are successful. But my goodness, this is a lot of fun.
ABC News got ahold of the filmmakers for comments on their big success, which has now crossed 3 million views on YouTube:
“We didn’t have much of a budget, so we had to borrow a lot of props from our friends,” Perrotta said. “And the movie is obviously supposed to be in California, with the types of homes and trees. We don’t have anything like that around here, so we had to find stuff that was close enough.”
As anyone who’s tried to make their own movie knows, there’s a thousand parts you never think of when you set out to make a movie, and when doing an FX-heavy movie, it’s a hundredfold more. Good job guys!
You can check out the entire live action remake below: