Easily Paint Iconic Movie Scenes That Transform Your Walls At Home

You love movies and have a scene you memorize all the time. Now, imagine putting that scene on your wall. Not a simple poster, but a real-life, amazing, one-of-a-kind piece that captures you and your guest’s attention. This easy, weekend project requires minimum tools and no experience at all.

Take a look at how to easily paint stunning film art onto your walls.

1. Choose a large, bare wall.


Imagine how to integrate the movie scene into your living space. Be aware of lighting and potential furniture that might block its view.

2. Choose your tools.


It’s simple. Black paint, a 2mm paint brush, a 12 mm and a small roller. After that, you’re set.

3. Here’s your secret weapon.


A film projector. This will project your scene onto the wall and create the outline for your painting.

4. Choose your favorite movie scene.


You’ll have the most fun doing this. The possibilities are endless. This example uses one from Seven Samurai.

Other famous scenes that might look great include:

The Godfather




Pulp Fiction


Maybe even Up?


5. Simplify the art.


Don’t fret, this won’t be hard:

  • Download the picture into a vector graphics. Try Inkscape (free).
  • Convert the picture into a black and white vector graphic.
  • Choose option path, then trace bitmap and finally brightness cutoff.
  • You can adjust the parameters to your liking. For this scene, brightness cutoff was selected with a threshold of 0.350 and checked ‘supress speckles’ with a size of 20.
  • Export the graphic as a bitmap. Remember to export the bitmap in the projector’s native resolution. This prevents the hassle of readjusting the picture later on.

6. Project the picture.


Use any image viewing app, but make sure it has a fullscreen option. Align the projector properly, ensure a focused picture and stabilize the projector.

7. Now, project the picture’s negative.


Choose the option to display the negative of the picture. In essence, this flips the black to white and vice versa. Doing so makes it easier on you. You won’t worry about painting accidental shadows.

8. Start painting.


Start with the smallest area first and confirm that your image will look good. If it does, awesome! Keep painting smaller areas with the 2mm brush, move onto the 12mm for sligthly larger poritons and use the roller for broad areas.

9. Stand back and enjoy your new masterpiece


Congratulations! It took a day to complete, but now you have a great centerpiece that reflects your love for movies and makes for one great conversation piece.

This easy weekend project will liven up any room. Share this post with any friends looking for design ideas.