If this is your Fisrt Visit to my DioramaWorkshop.Com... WELCOME :)
If you collect toys and enjoy arts & crafts as well as displaying your Action Figures, well you certainly have found the right place. If you are a long time visitor, this page can still help as a reminder of where the sub-sections you like are filed under.
What I am extremely thrilled about is that NOW the site is not just about ME.
YOU the FANS will play a HUGE PART in making this DioramaWorkshop the best place to exhibit and learn the skills of Custom Action Figure Dioramas, hopefully becoming a true gathering place for the online artistic community.
Sharing your own FEEDBACK and COMMENTS on the Dioramas, Making Of, Decals, Blueprints, EVERYTHING basically can benefit from your thoughts and input. With your help, other builders will be able to learn new techniques both on site and in the Forums, and be encouraged to start building bigger and better scenes and in turn, go full circle and inspire others to do the same.
Now below are brief descriptions of each sections to help you better navigate the site. Grab your Hot Glue Gun, your Xacto Utility Knife and Foamcore and let's get dirty together :) See you soon in the workshop... Frank.
This is a no brainer :) This is the heart of the website and where you will see all the latest News and Posts on what I have been up to today as well as the TOP MENU BAR which was designed to make navigation the easiest possible to find your favorite scenes. At least that is what I tried to do with Benoit when designing the interface.
In the Features area at the very top of the page, you will see IMPORTANT info that will ROTATE and remain at this location until replaced by another post of it's category (ex... Featured Blueprint) Once I draw up a NEW blueprint, that post would replace the last one. Be it 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month. Replacements will vary in time and speed based on how fast I (and yes YOU the visitor) supply diorama construction elements.
You will also find SPECIAL BULLETINS here like our CELEBRATION CONVENTIONS TOY FUNDS, or CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENTS. That sort of link that is specific for a certain time period and I consider IMPORTANT INFO and cool stuff like the Forums PICK of the WEEK for BEST Custopm FIGURE and BEST Custom DIORAMA.
On the LEFT SIDE, you will see FIVE of the LATEST NEWS POSTS FULL SIZE without having to CLICK on a link. When a NEW POST (say #6 gets posted) then previous post #5 gets pushed to the RIGHT SIDE as a Thumbnail in the Recent Posts column and so on. When the Recent posts get longer then the page scroll. they get put in the News Archive page under the Month that they were posted.
Posts are categorised as logically as I can think of and appear in WHITE TEXT above the Post Description ( Making Of - Blueprint - Decal - Event etc). This hopefully will help you more easily and quickly spot your favourite categories and which post to click on. If you wish to see a LIST of all the SAME CATEGORY, say ALL DECALS that are available on the site, you can go to the COOL ZONE INDEX LINKS menu for that. More on that later below in the COOL ZONE descriptions.
Here on the Right Side of the page you will find the collapsed THUMBNAIL versions of the past posts in chronological order they were posted from Top being the latest and bottom from day or week before. When you click on a Recent Post link, you jump to the News Archive page where it Opens up to full description and links plus ALL posts thumbnails for that particular month.
At the TOP of the Thumbnail in YELLOW - is the Sub Category description. This will help you quickly and easily scan the posts you prefer to read - for example: Decals or Making Of and at the Bottom of the Thumbnail photo is the DATE the post was created.
To the right is the Title of the post as well as a collapsed brief description. Once clicked on, you will be able to read the entire text descrition of that particular posting in the News Archive page.
This is the BRAIN of the site in terms of where all memories (past posts) are stored and found. Starting from the LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 2012 till TODAY. Just select the YEAR you wish to view, then click on a month. It's as simple as that. If NOTHING appears under the DWC NEWS POSTS - that is because there was no posts for that month.
NEWS ARCHIVE - YEARS AND MONTH
To the Right of the page is self explanatory really. TOP BAR with the 2012, that is the YEAR we are in - DUH - I knew you KNEW that :) Click the YELLOW Arrows to warp to the past (obviously we have to wait till January for 2013 to have content) Below are the links to the 12 months of that year. Whatever posts were put online within that month will automatically be stored in its correct month and going from beginning of the month - DAY 1 - at the bottom until we reach the top with the most current posting of that month.
DWC POST (The thumbnail you clicked on)
As on the main page, the Left column of the NEWS PAGE, you will see the FULL VIEW - Picture and Description Text (including Links) of EVERY Archived Post seen for the SELECTED MONTH and YEAR on the top right menu bar. As you click on a DWC NEWS POSTS story thumbnail in the right column, the STORY POST SELECTION on the left will be replaced and updated everytime you Select a NEW Thumbnail to view.
This is where you go to VIEW STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS onEVERYTHING you need to know on how to build your Custom Action Figure Diorama Scenes for your own home. Here you will find ALL the TOOLS I used to create my Diorama and HOPEFULLY Viewers will also send in Behind the Scenes instructions of their OWN creations to share in the VISITORS sections. Remember, the site can only become a TRUE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY with YOUR HELP and CONTRIBUTIONS !!!
So the first thing you see right below the main menu bar is a NEW BREADCRUMB sub-meny link system that identifies where you are NOW and also allows you to go BACK anywhere on the breadcrumb links. This should help you save some time hitting back back back or wondering where you are.
STEP 1 ... SELECT YOUR MOVIE
It can't get less confusing then this :). Simply CLICK on the MOVIE TITLE LOGO you want to build or view.
As fans start sending creation from other films not listed = for example HARRY POTTER or ALIENS or STAR TREK or TWILIGHT - mmm, maybe NOT twilight - OK OK, no GENRE discrimination (unless AGE appropriate ex.. NO CALIGULA diorama OK ? LOL) You will SEE that movie's icon appear and become an active button to allow you to view it's content. If you want to SHARE your pictures and/or Tutorials PLEASE send them in (click on the CONTACT US link - or email me email@example.com) The HIGHER the RESOLUTION the BETTER !!! We are high speed and HD ready.
STEP 2 ... SELECT YOUR DIORAMA SCENE
You will now see a scrollable Scene Selection Menu has appeared. Find the location (example: Planet in the case of StarWars) and simply CLICK on the DIORAMA THUMBNAIL PHOTO to warp to it's WORKSHOP MENU BAR where you will easily find ALL THE AVAILABLE CONTENT for THAT SPECIFIC SCENE.
Note: Some links may haveJawa construction photos, I am working as fast as I can to replace those with the actual images until I catch up to 2013 and start concentrating on current projects. If a link is GREY, it just means there is no current item available for that specific diorama.
STEP 3 ... MENU BAR SELECTIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Just like a cooking book, here you will find detailed Step By Step instructions and photos on how to recreate the selected Custom Action Figure Diorama for your own home Display. I stress HOME USE and NOT FOR EBAY PROFIT. EVERYTHING to help you build is FREE. It irks me when I see people selling creations built using the generosity and hard work of the artsists. Obviously I cannot control what you do with the elements supplied to you on the site, but I know 98% of you respect this wish when it comes to using not only mine but the other artists elements as well.
With the invention of YouTube, it was a no brainer to start making VIDEO TUTORIAL versions of the Step by Step Print Instructions. Obviously the OLDER scenes were not filmed but EVERYTHING NEW from this point on gets the Camera Treatment. You will find these Tutorialsboth embeded on the sites pages as well as with dozens more on my YouTube DWC Chanel. http://www.youtube.com/user/dioramaworkshop.
Simple one page stop for you to read and/or print out your shopping list of Materials you will need to purchase in order to build the specific selected Diorama Scene.
If you can't find some of the material in your home town or city, there are many internet art supply stores available and soon, I will start helping those out with the DioramaWorkshop Store. The Number ONE demand is always... I can't find the BLACK GLOSS MAC TAC for the death Star Floor. Funny since it is sooo easy to find here at any hardware store. Maybe it's a Canadian thing LOL.
Here you will find my (and hopefully more and more Visitor Blueprints) HD 200 DPI Blueprints that can be Downloaded and printed on 8.5"x11" sheets of paper. These Blueprints show you the exact measurements you need and work side by side with the MAKING OF step by step and/or VIDEO instructions.
Here you will find my (and hopefully more and more Visitor Decals) HD 200 DPI DECAL TEXTURE SKINS that can be Downloaded and printed on 8.5"x11" sheets of paper. (I prefer using PEEL BACK Sticker sheets to avoid applying glue stick all over). These Decals along with the BLUEPRINTS and MAKING OF Instructions, will help you to recreate the exact same Custom Action Figure Diorama you see on site for your own home displays.
Here you will find HD 200 DPI REFERENCE PICTURES that can be viewed on screen or Downloaded and printed on 8.5"x11" sheets of paper. These Pictures are what help me a lot when building a scene to try and make it as movie accurate as possible. Some are from the Web, others from books I bought through the years and some now out of print. These behind the scenes and movie frame photos are also fun to look at even when not building a diorama. The photos are obviously for reference only and not for resale and © copyright their respected owners.
This is where you go to VIEW FINISHED Custom Action Figure Diorama Scenes. You will see ALL of MY creations and HOPEFULLY MANY MANY of YOUR OWN creations as well. Remember the site can only become a TRUE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY with YOUR HELP and CONTRIBUTIONS !!!
PULL DOWN OPTIONS FOR THE GALERY MENU ...
Self explanatory really. You will see my finished Dioramas(in HD Widescreen Ratio - when available) all dressed up with the appropriate Action Figures in place and to my best of abilities recreate the ACTUAL film movie camera angles and frames. This is the fun part for me, seeing the miniature scene come to life through a macro camera lens. It's funny how realistic some of these toys look when you get close up and personal. The newer scenes sometimes make you do a double take :)
Here you will see my MOVIE COMPARISONS photo. Together side by side, on the same photo, my Custom Action Figure Diorama creation AND the actual Film Reference Frame from the movie. I really enjoy taking these, to try and photograph the toys to look like the film as close as possible with the final construction makes me smile :). Can you spot the difference ? Some of my newer creations sometimes make you do a double take :)
Now that YouTube and Hi Speed internet are available to most of us now, This is where I plan on putting little FLY THROUGH videos when the NEW Dioramas are completed. I saw NEW - because obviously the technology didn't exist when I built my pre-2010 dioramas. The idea is to take my webcam and do a getting up close and personal view to show you it's layout and details. These views do not mimic the film angles so the footage can actually help you with your building. At least that's the idea. These Videos will be both embeded on the sites pages as well as part of the YouTube DWC Channe. .http://www.youtube.com/user/dioramaworkshop.
Yes YOU !!!! I know you guys reading this have secret artistic skills that you are just DYING to share with the rest of the planet :) Here is where the Visitors creations will be displayed for all to see and help motivate and encourage others to build. Obviously this section will only succeed with your participation. Send your images today...The BIGGER the BETTER. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and have your fellow builders give you the praise you deserve. Your photos will also be linked to your website and to EXTRA PHOTOS you may have posted in our FORUMS.
This is the DIRECT LINK to the Diorama Workshop DWC YouTube Channel. Once on YouTube, you will be able to view EVERY SINGLE VIDEO that I ever created for the site. Including Week in Reviews, The Diorama Video Instructions, Star Wars Celebration Convention EXCLUSIVE Staff coverage and much much more. Remember that specific diorama instructional videos are also embeded into their WORKSHOP'S VIDEO menu links for your convenience.
Similar to the Workshop menu's navigation, the SPECIAL EVENTS section is for everything that is NOT related to actual Custom Action Figure Diorama Construction (all of that is in the WORKSHOP section) but for exhibitions, Conventions and Special site Coverage. The EVENTS menu is where you will find my Star Wars Celebration Conventions EXCLUSIVE STAFF coverage of the DIORAMA WORKSHOP booths I have organised for Lucasfilm over the last 10+ years now, Anniversary Contests, Concerts, Special Reports etc.
STEP 1 ... SELECT YOUR EVENT
It can't get less confusing then this :). Simply CLICK on the ICON THUMBNAIL you want to visit.
STEP 2 ... SELECT THE COVERAGE YOU WANT TO VIEW
You will now see a scrollable Sub Selection Menu page has appeared. Find a section that interests you (example: Pre-production in the case of StarWars Celebration IV) and simply CLICK on the COVERAGE THUMBNAIL PHOTO to look at ALL THE AVAILABLE CONTENT for THAT SPECIFIC selection.
Note: Some links may have a Jawa construction photo, I am working as fast as I can to catch up and replace those with the actual images and start concentrating on current projects. If a link is GREY, it just means there is no current item available for that specific diorama. If content becomes available in the future, the link will become BLACK TEXT and be posted in the NEWS section to let you know it is now "clickable".
RESOURCES (Coming Soon)
Divided into 4 categories, this is an inventory of sorts of my personal collection that have helped me with my Diorama Construction and may just end up being of help to you as well. If you want to help encourage and support my DioramaWorkshop.Com you will be able to purchase books and videos from Amazon.Com links found in the items descriptions. Thank you ahead of time for those who do so.
Every book I own that helps in some manner for building Star Wars and Fantasy Sci-Fi Custom Action Figure Dioramas. Some are a MUST for your collection, others a fun read. Check them out we may have a few in common.
Magazines that helped me out through the years and contain cool behind the scenes pictures from time to time. Find out which ones may be worth subscribing to.
A list of videos I have used to analyse movie sets and such. My PAUSE button is all worn out - LOL. I am sure you have these in your collection already :)
A few of my FAVE sites out there that support the art of making Dioramas plus some that give great reference materials as well.
A section where you can find interactive fun to pass the time, like my DIORAMA PUZZLE GAMES, Top 10 FAN FAVE and MOST WANTED Dioramas Lists (that you get to vote on) as well as other stuff I think is COOL, like photos of my MOVIE PROP collection, Action Figure pack ins like Star Wars Jedi Force Files or Commtech Chips, plus eventually maybe some toy reviews. If you have some ideas of what you would like to see here, why not email me your suggestions. I would love to hear them.
STORE (Coming Soon)
So many people ask me if I can get them GLOSS BLACK MAC TAC / DC Fix for their Death Star Floors. Seems a lot of cities don't offer this in store. Weird since they are so easily found here in Montreal. Anyhow, I thought I'd open a store to help those unfortunate ones out, with links to Amazon to help support the site and maybe sell some DWC swag at the same time. If you have a PayPal account, you should be all set.
Many fans have asked over the years why not create your OWN FORUM. So listen to you I did :) Clicking on the FORUM LINK will bring you to my Diorama Workshop FORUMS where you can JOIN and POST your very own Action Figure and Diorama Customs, Making of photos and interact with your fellow artists. Even if you don't build yourself, you can still join and comment and interact with fellow toy fans. I am very proud of this and the perfect extension to the site.
The direct way to reach me here at the DWC. If you have Questions, praise, Feedback, PRAISE - LOL More important, if you have PICTURES of YOUR CREATIONS... DON'T BE SHY, I would LOVE to offer you the opportunity to share your Dioramas and help build the site to the community I see it can become. Hey it'd only the ENTIRE PLANET looking at your art :P
BOTTOM OF THE PAGE SHORTCUTS
These are your typical quick menu links available at the bottom of each page.
I don't think you really need an explanation for these :) But let's go through the list anyways.
Brings you to the main INDEX / HOME page.
Brings you to the Current Month's NEWS ARCHIVE page.
Brings you to the site's workshop construction zone MOVIE SELECTION menu.
Brings you to the site's convention and special reports EVENTS SELECTION menu.
Brings you to the site's resources CATEGORY SELECTION menu.
Brings you to the site's interactive and reviews COOL ZONE menu.
DWC STORE ...
Brings you to the DioramaWorkshop.Com Store MAIN menu.
Where it all began :) Brings you to my old site (2000-2012) NiubNiubsUniverse.Com.
A little about myself and the website's history.
Where you are now. So if you are reading this, You already CLICKED on it :) A detailed account and description of ech section of the site.
WHO IS FRANK ?
Ah the eternal question , well not really LOL - If you are curious to find out a little bit more about who is this Frank D'iorio who created this wonderfull DioramaWorkshop.Com and was once known in the universe as NiubNiub then check outthis mini biography.
As I get emails with questions that I feel can help the other builders and not just the person writing to say hello, I will do Video Replies and explanations of their Questions so that we can all grow our artistic talents together :) This section will be part of my YouTube DWC Chanel.
Quick links to my social media pages. I have finally joined the hip young ones and created Twitter (I swear I never thought I would :P) Facebook and YouTube accounts to help the flow of communication between fellow builders and try to build a Diorama Community that pushes each other to keep the hbby alive.
The first social network that I joined. Send in your LIKES and share with your friends the posts that you find the most interesting to your entourage. Obviously here you can interact with me and make NEW friends as well. This is where you can interact with my website.
Ah Twitter, I am kind of figuring out how this works, hey I know I work on multi million block buster movies but things like this confuse me sometimes LOL. Join me on Twitter and see ALL the LIVE POSTS as I build in the Basement Workshop BEFORE I post them at the end of the day or maybe even the next day or 2. If you want to see it all BEFORE the rest of the "non" twitter visitors, then JOIN TODAY and say HELLO !!!
Join The Diorama Workshop DWC Channel Today if you wanna view all the latest Diorama Making Of VIDEO TUTORIALS (I wish I had these when I started building Dioramas). EVERY NEW Diorama build from now on, will have it's own Video Tutorial. So Check it Out !!! Plus Exclusive STAFF Coverage of the Lucasfilm CelebrationsDiorama Workshop booths that I organise for their conventions, week in reviews and much more. Subscribe and support the DioramaWorkshop.Com :)
DON'T BE SHY - SAY HELLO AND SEND ME YOUR COMMENTS
That's about it, all that is left for you to do is Sit back and have fun, enjoy and get inspired. Remember to send in your Pictures (email@example.com) or Say hello (firstname.lastname@example.org). I read and reply to ALL my emails. Sometimes takes a little longer to reply but I NEVER delete a mail before returning the favor. It's the least I can do for you taking the time to write in.
Ciao for now, Frank
A PERSONAL THANK YOU to BENOIT TREMBLAY over at CREATIVE DROPS STUDIOS
for coding this crazy project. It's been a LOOOONNGGGGGGG Road to get here but OH SO WORTH IT!