I could never Lego of you: How filmmaker proposed to his girlfriend with home-made stop-motion animation movie
Most marriage proposals involve a diamond ring and a bended knee. But filmmaker Walt Thompson went far beyond the average efforts by creating a stop-motion animation movie with which to pop the question.
Mr Thompson, 29, from Atlanta, Georgia, spent two-and-a-half days on the project, taking over 2,600 photos of a Lego couple to create the film.
The finished three minutes of footage charts charts his relationship with food writer and blogger Nealey Dozier, 28, from how they first met and fell in love, to the present day.
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Small wonders: Atlanta-based filmmaker Walt Thompson proposed to his girlfriend Nealey Dozier by making a stop-start animation film using tiny Lego characters
one scene, Miss Dozier's character is seen
chopping and preparing a feast while his Lego avatar takes photos.
Inspired: The film charted the relationship of Mr Thompson, 29, and Miss Dozier, 28, who have been together for four years
The film concludes with a wedding scene in which Miss Dosier's character walks an aisle lined with Star Wars figures, Indiana Jones, a boxer and a zookeeper.
At the end is Mr Thompson's character, clutching a giant diamond ring, before the words 'Will You Marry Me' appear across the screen.
Romantic Mr Thompson stopped at nothing to make the film as personal as possible.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, he revealed: 'I actually found clothes that we were dressed in when we met.'
Despite the hours Mr Thompson spent working alone on the film, Miss Dozier didn't suspect a thing.
She admitted: 'He claimed to be
working on an anniversary poem, which didn't raise any flags because he
writes me one every year.'
And when it came to the moment of proposal, on January 3, she was still none the wiser.
'He directed me to the DVD player and told me to press play,' she said. 'He then came to stand behind me, and
within seconds I could feel the loud thumping of his heart and his
quivering hands as they grabbed for mine.
Attention to detail: The film began with how the couple met, and Mr Thompson had taken extra special care to ensure the clothing of the Lego figures matched the garments they had actually been wearing
'It was only then that I
realized this was no anniversary poem.'
As the film reached its finale, Mr
Thompson presented his beloved with a box containing the tiny
'Obviously, the groom was holding the ring,' he said.
Art imitating life: One scene shows Mr Thompson's character filming Miss Dozier's…
…then, in a romantic moment, his Lego avatar sweeps off her chef's hat and leans in for a kiss
Fortunately, after all her boyfriend's hard work, Miss Dozier said yes – but not before she'd contained her excitement.
'We shared an awkward, fumbling kiss before I launched into 20 questions,' she said.
'It was after ten minutes that I realized I hadn't even said yes. Poor guy had to wait it out in torture for the answer!'
Plastic fantastic: Mr Thompson mocked up the marriage ceremony, complete with a giant diamond ring and Star Wars figures and Indiana Jones as guests
The couple, who plan to marry in spring 2013, added that they never imagined such a huge public response to the heartfelt film.
Miss Dozier told MailOnline: 'We are LOVING the positive reactions and never imagined anyone but our Facebook friends would ever see the video!'
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