What We Do
DIYorama is dedicated to helping you create one-of-a-kind, large-scale and unique workshops for your events and conventions. Our events are generally designed to create large-scale dioramas, but can be designed around any fictional universe and in any scale. The display can be a static display or feature interactive elements and moving parts. We will work with you to create an interactive, maker experience for your guests. We will plan and prototype the desired build, research and procure materials, and run the event. The end result is a massive display full of pieces made by the fans throughout the event. The fans then get to take home the piece they made that was part of the show, creating a truly one-of-a-kind keepsake. They also will have gained the skills to continue making at home, as well as the memories of spending time with their friends and family.
DIYorama is the newly re-branded version of what has been known for years as the Diorama Workshop, which was formed by retired special effects compositor and ILM employee Frank Diorio. Frank had the idea to create a workshop centered around introducing, teaching, and growing the hobby of diorama making at Star Wars Celebration II in Indianapolis in 2002. At that event, DIYorama co-director Jamie Follis met Frank and spent the entire convention helping with the build, and has been on the crew ever since. Frank’s creativity and generosity, and the tireless work of his core crew and volunteers, have helped the event be a success at every Star Wars Celebration—and become a mainstay of the event.
Since 2002, the workshop has been included at every Celebration in the U.S. It is one of the largest and longest-running events at Star Wars Celebration. DIYorama co-director Alissa Pier joined the workshop in 2007 at Celebration IV and was quickly brought on to the crew. The workshop has grown with each convention in both scale and ambition. Over the years, the workshop has been sponsored by Sculpey, Aves, and Smooth-On, and has partnered with Hasbro, Mattel, and Fantasy Flight Games, who have generously provided supplies, figures, cars, and miniatures for the builds.
In 2019, Frank decided to step away from the convention scene and passed the leadership to Jamie and Alissa who have both taken on more responsibilities with each convention. Frank Diorio still maintains his website, The Diorama Workshop, which is full of helpful hints, plans, and printables for diorama building.
What People Are Saying About the Events
It is quite interesting, what they have done is very similar to the project-based learning initiatives we support.George Lucas, Filmmaker
It is my favorite thing at Star Wars Celebrations. It is not about buying something it is about making something at the show.Anthony Daniels, Actor
The Diorama Workshops at Star Wars Celebrations have become a real focal point for fans looking for an interactive and immersive experience. I never fail to be amazed at how, in just a few days, the tables go from near-empty to amazing settings and planetscapes that bring a part of the saga alive through to work of countless fans and a dedicated crew. For me, it’s one of the top events at Celebration!Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan