Disney on a Budget
While hanging out in their Wonderburo anti-squat studio after a shoot one afternoon, Food Stylist Erik Vernieuwe, Stylist Adrien Gras, Make Up Artist Sabine Peeters and Photographer Kris De Smedt looked around at all the old pieces of fabric, props and background paper floating around and decided to have some fun.
Sabine threw on an old mermaid tail and Erik squeezed into a random muscle suit, then slapped on a Santa Claus beard on for good measure. Soon, Kris was snapping photos and and they were striking poses. While looking through the footage to find the perfect pic to post, one of them said, "this really is the little mermaid on a budget!" and thus Disney on a Budget was born.
Since that afternoon six months ago, the friends have recreated over a dozen Disney movies. Adrien joined in for the second shoot and all the ones after, bringing with him more items, more clothing and more opportunities to re-imagine everyone's favorite childhood movies. Spontaneously taking the photos after a shoot or a few drinks together, the pictures capture what the classic characters might be like if they lived in Belgium today. Some of the more liberal recreations include The Incredibles complete with a cameo by Mr. Potato Head, Peter Pan and Wendy pictured with a bitter, chain-smoking Tinkerbell and Alice at the Mad Tea Party featuring the Mad Hatter channeling his inner Flavor-Flave. I
Love Belgium recently had the pleasure of talking with Kris from the Disney on a Budget team about his favorite photo to shoot, their creative process and what comes next.
What has been your favorite movie to recreate so far? Why?