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Epic Movie Sets That Were Actually Miniature Models

When filmmakers shoot epic movies they use every trick in the book to make the characters and locations look larger than life on the big screen, using compositing and perspective tricks to fool audiences.

In fact, the sets used on your favorite epic movies are often small enough to fit in your living room.

Okay, so the Minas Tirith model from The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King wouldn't fit in your living room unless you have really, really high ceilings, but Sauron's Tower certainly would!

The grand hotel featured in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel wasn't such a grand structure after all in real world terms, but in terms of model making it's a magnificent miniature masterpiece!

And who can forget those far out aerial views of New York seen in John Carpenter's Escape From New York, which were actually shots of a few different models of the city.

This highly detailed cityscape was constructed out of wood and cardboard by The Skotaks, to be used in flyover shots.

Carpenter also used a wireframe model made by Mark Stetson to cheat those computer screen shots, don't you love it when practical effects are used to imitate CGI?!

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See 13 Epic Movie Sets That Were Actually Miniature Models here

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That fake computer shot of Escape from New York is cool! Since ParaNorman was mentioned, I'd add Shaun the Sheep movie's set. It all had to be built for the stop-action flick.
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