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This here is a guide to 'sweding' a favourite film. But what is sweding, I hear you ask?

The origins of ‘sweding’ go back a long time to... well, actually no, not that far, the term actually comes from Micheal Gondry film called Be Kind Rewind (2008). In the film two friends who work in a video store (back in the days of VHS tapes) accidentally wipe all the tapes in the store. So, they decide to recreate the films themselves and the results are amateurish but very creative. In the film they tell customers the films are from Sweden, hence the term Sweding. 

So Sweding is basically when you recreate a famous film, scene or film trailer using household objects, homemade props, and a lot of imagination. 

To see what we mean, watch the example below, a Sweded version of Jurassic Park

So why should we Swede? 

As you can perhaps tell, it’s a lot of fun. Recreating scenes, locations, props, music and visual effects call for creative solutions. Through the process of sweding you can learn about: 

- Camera shots

- Story structure

- Visual effects

- Film score

- Prop and set design

Where to begin 

Choosing a film 

Picking a film you actually like or know pretty well is a great start. As is picking a classic film, one that a lot of people have seen. Remember though, not everyone has to have seen the film, that’s impossible!  

We recommend not choosing an animated film, instead, choose a live-action film. The reason being, the whole fun and funny thing about sweding is recreating elaborate, often big-budget live-action films in your living room. It’s not quite as good if you tackle an animation. That’s just our recommendation though. 

It doesn’t matter how long the film is, you’re not going to recreate every scene and second of that film, in fact, yours might only go for a couple of minutes. The Jurassic Park example we watched goes for 3 minutes and that would have taken them a long time to make.

So first you’ll need to break down the film into smaller pieces. 

Break down the film 

Which scenes and moments were the most important to understanding the story? Keep this list to under 10 moments. Write them down in the order they happened. 

What were the most memorable moments in the film? These can be from your above list or new ones. If these most memorable moments are in your list, highlight them. Add any new memorable moments that weren’t on your list and highlight those also. 

Look at your list, and circle in other scenes you think are the most dramatic, thrilling, or important. 

How long is your list? We won’t need more than 10 moments to recreate, so cross out any ones you think are less important.