Student recreates scenes from classic Christmas movies with his travels


A British university student travels to popular film locations and recreates scenes from his favourite Christmas movies by holding up iconic photos from each film.

Thomas Duke (20), from Hertfordshire in England, calls his project Stepping Through Film. He visits iconic film locations such as Central Park and the Empire State Building in New York City, and Selfridges in London.

Thomas, who is studying film in London, is a massive fan of Christmas movies. The locations he’s visited so far include where scenes from The Elf, Home Alone, Last Christmas and Love Actually were shot, among other Christmas-themed classics. 

“My favourite Christmas films are all animated! I do love Home Alone and The Elf for sure, but I’ve always had a soft spot for The Polar Express, Arthur Christmas, and anything related to A Christmas Carol,” Thomas says.

“I step through film and bring everybody along with me. I visit the filming locations of my favourite films and stories and photograph the scene matched up with its real location.

“I like to recreate as much as possible of the magic from the screen in reality, and photograph the characters I’ve grown up with right where they were born through the lens of a film camera – it’s a celebration of all things film.”

Thomas says he’s always been creative and exploring.

“I grew up watching films. My whole life’s been built upon the escapism of the fantastical worlds beyond our own. I’ve always been a creative type and someone who enjoys exploring, so I did what I loved and put the two together.

“It’s so rewarding to visit these places and reconnect with childhood memories of Mary Poppins swooping over the London skyline, of Paddington bear wandering around Buckingham Palace, of the Avengers meeting at their HQ.

“I love finding obscure locations – the ones that aren’t immediately obvious to the general viewer and require more research and puzzle-solving,” he says.

“The locations which garner a lot of interest are, quite logically, the ones with the largest fanbase. I’m also a huge fan of these so it’s great to share them with everybody who also appreciates the art of the production and crew.”



Source: Magazine Features
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