After moving from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, new parents Lilly and Leon Mackie found that they were left with two things: a surplus of cardboard boxes and a newborn baby. With their social lives ‘drastically altered’ the young couple decided to make the most of their household weekends by introducing a new and unique project into their lives.
Instead of throwing away their boxes, they decided to create Cardboard Box Office, a project for which they create famous scenes from blockbuster films out of the boxes, and starring their new son, Orson.
Lilly said that the first picture they shot was “The Life Domestic” (The Life Aquatic), and people instantly wanted more. She said: “We wanted to depict our messy and sleep-deprived new life of raising a baby.” Whoever isn’t part of the photo will shoot it, however, if all three members of the family participate, then they use a timer, which, as Lilly says, can prove to be difficult.
She continued: “For Apollo 13, Leon had to set the five-second timer, run around the cardboard space capsule, grab my legs and pull me into a headstand position, before quickly getting himself into position. We had to do this about six or seven times…We’re avoiding any more space ones for the time being.”
When talking about their dream films, Lilly said that she wants to do anything John Hughes, whereas Leon would like to do Goodfellas.
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