Can You Guess What’s Different About These Film Sets Of Famous Movies?

Movies are but beautiful lies we don’t mind believing. They tell us stories so different and so very similar to our own and weave a spell so magical, as viewers we can’t help but be entranced. Of course, part of this magic is the places they take us to.
Though sometimes, they’re not actual places at all. They’re sets. Miniature sets.

You wouldn’t believe that’s how these films were shot if we didn’t tell you.

1. Blade Runner (1982)

Philip K. Dick’s dystopian vision of Los Angeles was brought to life with miniatures of the city and the flying cars, or Spinners.\

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2. Godzilla (1998)

No public property was destroyed in the making of this film that featured a CG Godzilla and multiple miniatures of New York City.

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3. The Harry Potter Series

It took 86 artists and crew members to construct the first miniature model of Hogwarts which was then rebuilt and altered many times over for the next seven films. To make the model appear even more realistic, artists rebuilt miniature versions of the courtyards from Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral, where scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were shot.

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4. The Lord of The Rings Series

New Zealand’s Weta workshop brought Tolkien’s Minas Tirith, Helm’s Deep, Barad-dûr, Minas Morgul, Rivendell, Lothlórien, Orthanc Tower, The Argonath, The Grey Havens, and the Caverns Beneath Isengard to life with their stunning “Bigatures”.
It took a lot of talented artisans and long countless hours to get the details as life-like as possible.

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5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

I hate to break it to you, but the exhilarating mine-cart chase sequence that became somewhat of a cinematic classic was largely filmed with miniatures by the artisans at Industrial Light & Magic. To increase the sense of realism, the tiny carts accommodated eerily detailed figures of the lead actors and their pursuers.
The cave walls were built out of aluminium foil painted brown, and tiny lanterns, barrels, and other clutter was added in.

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6. GoldenEye

Though GoldenEye was the first Bond flick to feature CGI, it was really special effects master Derek Meddings’ miniature work that stole the show. On the miniature Severnaya satellite bunker set, for example, the snow was created using things like flour and cat litter that Meddings put together himself.

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7. Titanic

Digital Domain built a myriad of models & miniatures including a 1/8th scale replica of the Titanic’s stern to realistically portray the sinking of this famous vessel. The biggest complete miniature of the ship stretched 45 feet.

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8. The Dark Knight

Remember the thrilling underground chase scene from the film where the Batmobile slams into a garbage truck, swings around, skids and speeds down the tunnel? Well here’s the not so thrilling part – the car, truck and tunnel are all 1/3-scale models, built by New Deal Studios.

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So I guess the next time you watch a fantasy movie, you’ll never see it the same way, right?

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Amanda Francesca Mendonça

After spending pretty much all of my teen years waiting for a Hogwarts letter that never came, I gave up and settled for being a wizard with words instead. A hopeless romantic, when I’m not penning down short stories, I’m busy imagining my own happily ever after.

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