Have you ever taken the time to watch the bonus features on the DVD or Blu-Ray of your favorite movie? My husband and I recently bought Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and were excited to learn that some of the behind-the-scenes footage is nearly as compelling as the film itself. Seeing how set directors bring worlds to life that are so different from ours really got me thinking about how much work goes into creating our favorite movie scenes.
Take, for instance, the architects, carpenters, and artists who are responsible for designing and building miniature models. They are rarely remembered for their talents, but without them, directors would be lost. When it comes time to build a scene that would be costly to recreate or simply doesn’t exist in the real world, miniatures are still relied upon today to add a level of reality that just doesn’t exist with CGI.
That said, many of these miniatures work alongside CGI, while others stand alone. It’s quite a mind trip to see so many recognizable and epic scenes from Hollywood in their real-life, often teeny-tiny size. No doubt, this behind-the-scenes peek at 13 miniature models will have you looking at your favorite films in a whole new light.
1. Goldeneye – 1995
2. Inception – 2010
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – 2001 to 2003
Hard at work on Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Sauron’s tower doesn’t seem so scary now, does it?
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014
I definitely thought this was a real place when I watched the film.
It’s actually more like a giant doll house!
5. The Fifth Element – 1997
6. Escape from New York – 1981
Legendary film director John Carpenter, best-known for Halloween, studies a miniature NYC.
7. Superman Returns – 2006
8. Harry Potter series – 2001 to 2011
9. Batman – 1989
A set designer uses spray paint to “ice” the streets of Gotham.
It’s pretty large for a miniature!
10. Braindead – 1992
11. ParaNorman – 2012
Many miniatures were used to film this 3-D stop-motion film.
12. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981
13. Superman – 1978
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