Star Wars Pop-Up, The Perfect Inspiration For Your Next Film

When it comes to finding innovative ideas for your next film, look no further than this pop-up book clip from YouTube Channel Adam Savage’s Tested

While the video is an incredible interview with award-winning designer and paper engineer, Matthew Reinhart, on how he constructed his amazing pop-up book Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy, I found the creativity behind it a huge source of inspiration for either a unique prop or story germ. And he served as a reminder to keep hustling as independent filmmakers – he even sounds and acts like one – creating these amazing books by just cutting up some paper. It’s so simple, but the final product is incredible.

Watching Reinhart share some of the obstacles he faced in creating his books reminded me of how important that struggle is to create amazing art. Maybe it also had something to do with the fact that he’s creating books with his pop-ups, which appeals to my writer’s heart, but his passion and excitement for creating them also inspired me to think of how to incorporate a pop-up as an integral prop in a film or writing a story about a paper engineer. I mean there’s something about them, maybe it’s the detail that goes into making them, that just scream production quality.  

It’s fun to watch a nerd get so excited about what he’s creating. It definitely inspired this nerd (me), and was also cool to see the community of creatives he works with too.

“… hopefully inspire creativity, not necessarily with just what I do … just get your hands dirty and just make stuff. That’s what it’s about.”


  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time writes short stories and novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson


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