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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: ** 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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fixed a few redirects
* 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]].
6th Jan '15 1:06:05 AM wwtoonlinkfan
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* The Endurance in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' is actually a miniature model - the scenes involving the ship look very different from CGI as a result, especially during the [[spoiler:docking scene]]. Though "miniature" is a relative term - the Endurance model is actually about as tall as an adult man.
28th Jul '14 12:45:56 AM AirofMystery
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** 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]].
22nd Jun '14 9:43:59 AM EcliptorCalrissian
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* Staple of tokusatsu shows like ''SuperSentai'' and by extension ''PowerRangers''.
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* Staple of tokusatsu shows like ''SuperSentai'' and by extension ''PowerRangers''. No matter how fancy CGI robot fights get, PeopleInRubberSuits fighting in a miniature city ain't going nowhere. Even this is subject to SpecialEffectsEvolution; the model cities get increasingly detailed. *In ''{{Inazuman}},'' miniatures were used to let non-giant characters wreak major havoc on town almost as well as the Rangers' giant fights, relying on them much more than other series did. Computer-generated effects were in their infancy and a model is as realistic as your art department is willing to make it, so its visuals were to die for.
6th Jun '14 9:12:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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Seen It A Million Times has been namespaced and redefined per TRS; misuses and questionable uses are being removed.
* Ever seen an airplane crashing onto the runway in a film, knocking down telephone poles? [[SeenItAMillionTimes Only a million times?]] Miniatures, all of them.
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* Ever seen an airplane crashing onto the runway in a film, knocking down telephone poles? [[SeenItAMillionTimes Only a million times?]] times? Miniatures, all of them.
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