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17th Jul '16 2:00:41 PM drbreakfast
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* Most {{Kaiju}} films, even the infamous American-made''Film/{{Godzilla1998}}'', which combined a CGI 'Zilla with miniature buildings and vehicles. ''Film/PacificRim'' mostly uses CGI, but an enormous and intricately detailed miniature office building set was used for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHTDlC_tetQ this scene]].

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* Most {{Kaiju}} films, even the infamous American-made''Film/{{Godzilla1998}}'', American-made ''Film/{{Godzilla1998}}'', which combined a CGI 'Zilla with miniature buildings and vehicles. ''Film/PacificRim'' mostly uses CGI, but an enormous and intricately detailed miniature office building set was used for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHTDlC_tetQ this scene]].
17th Jul '16 2:00:13 PM drbreakfast
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* Every {{Kaiju}} film, ever. Come on, you didn't think they actually filmed a 200-ft lizard stomping through a real countryside, did ya?
** Well, almost. Both American versions of ''Godzilla'' used CGI, as did ''Film/PacificRim''. However, ''Pacific Rim'''s director Guillermo Del Toro mandated that [[http://io9.com/unbelievable-pacific-rim-video-reveals-all-of-the-kaiju-634921963 all the Kaiju be designed so]] that if they ''were'' suits, [[TheCoconutEffect a stuntman could fit inside them]].
* [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "It's only a model."]]

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* Every Most {{Kaiju}} film, ever. Come on, you didn't think they actually filmed films, even the infamous American-made''Film/{{Godzilla1998}}'', which combined a 200-ft lizard stomping through a real countryside, did ya?
** Well, almost. Both American versions of ''Godzilla''
CGI 'Zilla with miniature buildings and vehicles. ''Film/PacificRim'' mostly uses CGI, but an enormous and intricately detailed miniature office building set was used CGI, as did ''Film/PacificRim''. However, ''Pacific Rim'''s director Guillermo Del Toro mandated that [[http://io9.com/unbelievable-pacific-rim-video-reveals-all-of-the-kaiju-634921963 all the Kaiju be designed so]] that if they ''were'' suits, [[TheCoconutEffect a stuntman could fit inside them]].
* [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "It's only a model."]]
for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHTDlC_tetQ this scene]].




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* ''The Battle in Outer Space,'' a forgotten alien invasion flick from the folks responsible for Godzilla, features miniature cities being sucked into the sky by flying saucers with anti-gravity weapons. The effects were accomplished by blasting the buildings upwards with air cannons below the sets and lifting certain objects like bridges with wires.
* The establishing shot of Tokyo in ''Film/KillBill vol. 1'' is a miniature set recycled from ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', courtesy of that film's special effects director.
16th Jul '16 10:20:31 PM drbreakfast
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* The second half of ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie'' is loaded with destruction scenes involving miniatures of the Golden Gate Bridge, most of Las Vegas, and various military vehicles. Creator/JamesRolfe is a big fan of {{Kaiju}} movies and [[AuthorAppeal it shows]].
8th Jul '16 1:22:02 AM PaulA
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* A goodly number of aircraft and sets in ''Film/TheBattleOfBritain'' were models. Many of the air-combat scenes involve clever merging of actual aircraft footage, studio mock-ups and model filming--which included a lot of exploding model aircraft sent to fiery destruction.
31st Dec '15 12:08:00 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The set pieces in ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' were done via stop-motion animation through miniature sets. Everything riders see, from the destruction of the Texaco sign to the icy waterfall, is a miniature.

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* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
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The set pieces in ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' were done via stop-motion animation through miniature sets. Everything riders see, from the destruction of the Texaco sign to the icy waterfall, is a miniature.
** The second pre-show of ''Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne'' was dedicated to showing how a huge miniature model was used to create the effect of Los Angeles' destruction in the movie the attraction was based off of.
** A miniature city model is used in ''Ride/ETAdventure'' to create the illusion of the riders being high in the sky.
9th Jul '15 12:02:33 PM erforce
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* James Cameron likes breaking big toys so for things like the bridge destruction in ''Film/TrueLies'', the tanker explosion in ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the ship Film/{{Titanic}}.

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* James Cameron Creator/JamesCameron likes breaking big toys so for things like the bridge destruction in ''Film/TrueLies'', the tanker explosion in ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the ship Film/{{Titanic}}.Film/{{Titanic|1997}}.



* Mocked in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', which doesn't disguise its "[[{{Supermarionation}} Supercrappymation]]" effects for RuleOfFunny. The fact that the MonumentalDamage is being inflicted on models is made completely obvious, and a scene where the marionette protagonists are attacked by Kim Jong Il's trained panthers features two housecats with roars dubbed over them.

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* Mocked in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', which doesn't disguise its "[[{{Supermarionation}} Supercrappymation]]" effects for RuleOfFunny. The fact that the MonumentalDamage is being inflicted on models is made completely obvious, and a scene where the marionette protagonists are attacked by Kim Jong Il's trained panthers features two housecats with roars dubbed over them.
8th May '15 9:38:07 AM moloch
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MiniatureEffects are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - film effects acheived by the use of miniatures. They are technically a blend of InCamera and PracticalEffects, but a lot of time they're given their own listing in the credits since they often require specialists and staff focusing on just building the miniatures. It's not just a case of making smaller size objects (although that can be quite hard depending on how much the camera is going to have to focus on them). Smaller sized objects will have different textures, they take [[SquareCubeLaw stress and strain differently]], the camera perspective and focusing works differently, objects don't fall at the proper rate, fluids and explosions behave differently and the material the large scale object may be made out of may not be suitable for the small scale so a suitable visual approximation must be found.

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MiniatureEffects are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - film effects acheived achieved by the use of miniatures. They are technically a blend of InCamera and PracticalEffects, but a lot of time they're given their own listing in the credits since they often require specialists and staff focusing on just building the miniatures. It's not just a case of making smaller size objects (although that can be quite hard depending on how much the camera is going to have to focus on them). Smaller sized objects will have different textures, they take [[SquareCubeLaw stress and strain differently]], the camera perspective and focusing works differently, objects don't fall at the proper rate, fluids and explosions behave differently and the material the large scale object may be made out of may not be suitable for the small scale so a suitable visual approximation must be found.
1st Apr '15 7:45:57 PM harryhenry
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* The spaceships in ''StarWars'' were models, as a joke the crew would sneak things in. During the final battle in the ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' a tennis shoe was in the dogfight and a potato made do as an asteroid in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** Although the prequels are famous for containing lots of CGI, they also used miniatures, [[SpecialEffectsEvolution especially earlier on]]. In ''ThePhantomMenace'', for example, the pod race stadium was a miniature with q-tips used to create the audience.

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* The spaceships in ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' were models, as a joke the crew would sneak things in. During the final battle in the ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' a tennis shoe was in the dogfight and a potato made do as an asteroid in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** Although the prequels are famous for containing lots of CGI, they also used miniatures, [[SpecialEffectsEvolution especially earlier on]]. In ''ThePhantomMenace'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', for example, the pod race stadium was a miniature with q-tips used to create the audience.audience.
** ''Film/RevengeofTheSith'' used miniatures for the Mustafar lava planet.
28th Jan '15 6:44:17 PM genisgone
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* The ''LordOfTheRings'' films made much use of miniature for the cities and towers. However, when you're dealing with a 1/100 scale model of a tower that's supposed to be ''3,000 feet tall'', you still end up with a 30-foot structure - hence the crew's nickname for the models, "bigatures."

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* The ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' films made much use of miniature for the cities and towers. However, when you're dealing with a 1/100 scale model of a tower that's supposed to be ''3,000 feet tall'', you still end up with a 30-foot structure - hence the crew's nickname for the models, "bigatures."



* It's also how they shot the ''HotFuzz'' scene in which George Merchant's mansion explodes.

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* It's also how they shot the ''HotFuzz'' ''Film/HotFuzz'' scene in which George Merchant's mansion explodes.
27th Jan '15 10:54:48 AM JamaicanCastle
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\n* The eponymous ship in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' is mostly CG effects (there's no way in hell you could buy enough insurance for the [[DrivingIntoATruck "barn swallow"]] scene), but a large miniature set was used for the scene where it crash-lands on Mr. Universe's moon. There are some practical reasons, like the ability to use real sparks, but mostly it was [[DoingItForTheArt because they just liked miniatures]].
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