So 17 years ago I wandered into something called the Diorama Workshop at Star Wars Celebration 2. Little did I know that I would spend the entire convention in a small room making a massive diorama of Mos Eisley. Also, I did not realize that I would meet Frank Diorio, a man that I have now worked with know at 8 Star Wars Celebrations. Frank runs Dioramaworkshop.com.
If you don’t know what a Star Wars Celebration it is the name of the official Star Wars conventions that occur every 2-3 years. At the workshops fans come and build a small piece of a diorama that will eventually combine to make a massive scene from a film. It is all free and whatever you make you get to keep and take home.
We have built Mos Eisley, the Death Star, Endor, Hoth, Tatooine, Bespin, and the Death Star surface with a Hot Wheels race track down the trench. You can learn more about some of the past celebrations I have helped with here.
This years Celebration is in Chicago, IL on April 11-15 at McCormick Place. We will be back again for one of the largest and longest running events at the Celebrations.
Over the years we have partnered with companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Smooth-on, Aves, Sculpey and more. This year we are going in a whole new direction and partnering with Fantasy Flight Games, makers of such awesome products as X-Wing, Imperial Assault, and Legion. Our entire build is designed in 1/48 scale and will be the Battle of Scarif from Rogue One. Guests will be able to make beach, jungle, and water scenes and custom create trees, bunkers, and more.
For the last 4 conventions I have also been running what we call Master Classes. This years I will be free running daily classes on how to paint miniatures. So if you are going to be at Star Wars Celebration be sure to stop by and sign up for a slot as they can fill up quickly.
We have an amazing team of crew who have been with us as far back as C4 and on. Everyone has a role and is putting in a ton of work before the show. My contributions will include making a number of the most memorable scenes from Rogue One in miniature form as well as creating numerous small easter egg scenes to try and spot. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter as I have a lot of fun sunrises in store for the show and possibly some giveaways for subscribers.
If you would like to volunteer or keep up with all our announcements head over to Dioramaworkshop.com to keep up to date with all the videos Frank will be posting.