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13 Epic Movie Sets That Were Actually Miniature Models

Apr 27, 2016

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


MGM Studios

2. Inception – 2010


Warner Bros.

3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – 2001 to 2003


New Line Cinema

Hard at work on Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


New Line Cinema

Sauron's tower doesn't seem so scary now, does it? 


New Line Cinema

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014 


American Empirical Pictures

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I definitely thought this was a real place when I watched the film. 


American Empirical Pictures

It's actually more like a giant doll house! 


American Empirical Pictures

5. The Fifth Element – 1997 


Gaumont

6. Escape from New York – 1981


Embassy Pictures

Legendary film director John Carpenter, best-known for Halloween, studies a miniature NYC. 


Embassy Pictures

7. Superman Returns – 2006 


Warner Bros.

8. Harry Potter series – 2001 to 2011 


Warner Bros.

9. Batman – 1989 


Polygram Filmed Entertainment

A set designer uses spray paint to “ice” the streets of Gotham. 


Polygram Filmed Entertainment

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It's pretty large for a miniature! 


Polygram Filmed Entertainment

10. Braindead – 1992 


WingNut Films

11. ParaNorman – 2012 


Focus Features

Many miniatures were used to film this 3-D stop-motion film.


Focus Features

12. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981


Paramount Pictures

13. Superman – 1978 


Warner Bros.

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H/T: LifeBuzz

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