Miniature Movie Sets Crafted With Such Detail You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

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As crazy as it may seem, there was a time when computers did not exist. Before the days of digital manipulation tricks, also known as CGI, the magic of the movies was created by hand. Instead of “copying and pasting” in explosions and aliens, hundreds of artists would gather to create miniaturized life-like movie sets. These sets would then allow filmmakers to generate a larger-than-life type scene on a more manageable sized scale. They act as little doubled false realities, that on film, become truths.

The crafted preciseness of these rooms are absolutely spectacular. As you peek through the models, you’ll find an endless amount of detail that will leave you in awe. Not only are the replicas life-like through spot on accuracy in scale and space, but each room has carefully selected fixtures and decorative touches, grounding them in time. With windows that look as if they have had their own personal histories, kitchens fully equipped with tiny utensils, a library thats perfectly slight disorder allows it to seem genuinely used, these miniatures truly own their connected to reality. What further enhances the believability is the way light floods through these places, positioning them in certain moments of day a certain time of year. To think about the amount of work and craftsmanship that used to go into the production of a film is mind-blowing.

CGI has completely changed the nature of what it means to make a film; something that was once a collaboration of artists and craftsmen talented in skilled labor, now falls to a man behind a machine. These sets are a reminder of how much we have truly changed, how our association with the word skill has moved away from a physical sense and has fully been relocated to a cyber one.

You can find over 100 of these look-a-like rooms and over 300 props at the Musée Miniature & Cinéma in Lyon. (via Web Urbanist)

 

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  • bdecay

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  • Robert0

    “Peek,” not “peak.” And miniature sets are still very much in use today. Nice article.

  • bdecay

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  • Adam

    While the artisans of yesterday were incredibly skilled, the dismissal of digital artists as those who “copy and paste” and in a very round about way dismissal of the skill required to create something photorealistic in a computer is insulting. I am an illustrator and sculptor but I have many friends who work in the film industry as digital artists and they are exactly that, artists. They have trained just as hard as a painter or sculptor, even learning these skills as well, honing their craft over countless hours. There is no magic button that creates a house or a cloud or a dragon, these are all modeled from the ground up. They are craftsmen, just because you can’t physically touch the final product in no way diminishes its artistic merit or the artist who created it.

  • HBC

    Thank you. I am a filmmaker and what I do is very much so art. I work just as hard, if not harder, than another artist pulling together a team of artists who are skilled in different areas to create a piece of art known as film.

  • MrNeutron

    “As crazy as it may seem, there was a time when computers did not exist. ”

    Gee Grandpa, do tell.

  • Nate Skow

    Definitely some talented individuals out there working on the miniatures
    sampled here – and of course on film… but the blatant disregard for
    the amount of hard work, passion, and skill required to create photoreal
    images on the CG side is embarrassing Rose Holtermann… Why criticize
    an artist over their choice of brush? Criticize the work – not what they
    used to create it.

    “something that was once a collaboration of
    artists and craftsmen talented in skilled labor, now falls to a man
    behind a machine” – you clearly have no idea how much work it takes to
    create beautiful, believable images in the digital realm. Take a look at
    the credits for a visual effects film out in the theaters – it takes
    hundreds of people in various disciplines within the CG realm to put
    these images together, and years of refinement in their skills to get
    the jobs they have.

    Hope you do a bit more research when diving into your next writing assignment.

  • Dj

    “CGI has completely changed the nature of what it means to make a film;
    something that was once a collaboration of artists and craftsmen
    talented in skilled labor, now falls to a man behind a machine.”

    This statement is completely incorrect.