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Iconic movie sets that were miniature models [11 pictures]

Nov 28, 2013 By Abraham

Many epic movie scenes use miniature sets and film it so it all looks life-size. It’s simpler than only relying on CGI…and it’s simpler than actually building Hogwarts Castle or Gotham City, too.

Here are just a few examples…

Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle

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Hogwarts Model

Lord of the Rings, Rivendell

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Lord of the Rings, Barad-Dûr

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A Night to Remember, 1958 (Titanic miniature)

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Superman Returns, Metropolis

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Alien, The Nostromo

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Batman, Gotham City

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Lord of the Rings, Minas Tirith

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The actors inside famous costumes: Chewbacca, Big Bird, Godzilla, and more

Behind-the-scenes photos from old Japanese monster movies

(via Fabulous Pics)


  1. Sharaz Destler says:

    The end battle of “The War of the Worlds 1953″ was all models too. It still holds up to this day.

    Also, in the same category as the “Nostromo,” there’s the Time Lord Space Station from the “Doctor Who” “Trial of a Time Lord” season. It was Classic Who’s *only* motion-control effects sequence, and it’s still a beautiful scene to this day.

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