Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca College professor and his brother have recreated classic scenes from the Star Wars movies using dolls crafted in felt.

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Writing professor Jack Wang and his brother Holman spent anywhere from 20 to 60 hours painstakingly creating each felt object for a set of short books recreating the three original films.

“Everything except for lightsabers and force lightning was shot in-camera, without digital effects,” Wang said in a news release.

The Star Wars books are set to be released in April 2015, according to a news release.

Here are their covers, courtesy of MyCozyClassics.com:

A news release from IC said that Wang and his brother traveled to various parts in the United States and Canada “to place their character models in just the right outdoor environments.”

“For example, Tucson, Arizona, served as Tatooine, while the forests in North Vancouver, British Columbia were the site for scenes that take place on Endor,” the statement said. “Other images in the books were shot in vividly recreated sets in a studio.”

The Wang brothers’ other work is worth a look here: http://www.jackandholman.com/cozy-classics/

Though married and living in Ithaca, Jack Wang is currently on sabbatical from IC and serving as the David. T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, according to his website.

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A news release from IC in 2012 detailed the beginning of Cozy Classics, the book series through which Wang “take the stories from literary classics like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and tell them in 12 words.”

“Once he had the concept, his brother, Holman, came up with a way to illustrate the books that would give them a signature look, like Eric Carle’s collage technique,” the news release said.

“For each of the first two books, Holman created 9-inch, wool, needle-felted figurines, which he posed and photographed for different scenes in the books. Each photo has a natural background, which gives the images a hyper-realistic quality.”

Back in February, Wang’s work based off of “Little House on the Prairie” was also shown to millions of people through the Google Doodle.

See related: Ithaca College prof’s work to to be showcased to millions on Google


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.