You’ll Never Look At Movies The Same Once You See These Miniature Film Sets Used For Blade Runner 2049

Anybody who’s seen Blade Runner 2049 will know how stunning it is. Even if you didn’t like the movie itself, it’s almost impossible not to gaze in awe at the incredible visuals on offer in Denis Villeneuve’s incredible follow-up to the 1982 classic. What’s even more impressive is that instead of solely relying on CGI for everything, the filmmakers actually used miniature models for many of the scenes. Well, we say “miniature” but as you can see, there’s really nothing miniature about them!

“They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” says Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager, in the video below. And few people could disagree when they see the 14.8ft (4.5m) high L.A.P.D building, the pyramid-shaped Wallace Towers that could only be lifted by crane, and the Trash Mesa that nearly filled the whole floor of the studio. “They’re just stellar pieces of art,” she states with pride.

The “bigatures” were made by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company from New Zealand (co-founded by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson) which has also worked on such blockbusters as Thor: Ragnarok and Ghost in the Shell.  Around 38 models were made in total, and “each building would probably take about a week to make,” said Ben Milsom, the miniature unit’s senior art director, emphasizing that they were “mega high detailed.” Scroll down to see the incredible results.

Many of the Blade Runner 2049 sets were actually made from miniatures

 

Well, we say “miniature” but as you can see, there’s really nothing miniature about them!

With the biggest one being the L.A.P.D. miniature skyscraper, which was 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) high

“They’re really bigatures – they’re not miniatures. They’re massive buildings,” says Pamela Harvey-White, the on-set production manager

In total, around 38 “miniature” buildings were constructed

Some were so big that they could only be moved by crane

They were crafted by Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company from New Zealand

The company was co-founded by Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies

“Each building would probably take about a week to make,” said Ben Milsom, the miniature unit’s senior art director

And it comes as no surprise, seeing how much detail the artists pack into a single miniature

True Lies (1994): Body Count Breakdown

I have watched True Lies many times, I’m not sure exactly how many times. It’s a crazy action movie. I’ve often thought how may people get terminated in that movie, and I don’t mean fired from a job. The flick is a killfest from start to finish. So I looked it up and the details are below.

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[CHARACTER KILLS]

Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger): 66
Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis): 12
Faisil (Grant Heslov): 3
Salim Abu Aziz (Art Malik): 1
Juno Skinner (Tia Carrere): 1

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[CORPSE BREAKDOWN]

“Here’s my invitation”: 5
-Harry blows up hut, killing 5 embassy guards in the blast

Ski Chase: 12
-Harry shoots 12 guards during chase

Toilet Shootout: 2
-Harry shoots Mahmoud
-Salim shoots Yusif

Ride: 1
-Harry smashes Simon’s face in his imagination

Escape: 10
-Harry throws a scalpel into 1 terrorist’s eye
-Harry breaks Samir’s neck
-Harry stabs 1 terrorist in the stomache with a meat hook
-Harry breaks 1 terrorist’s neck using an AK-47’s strap
-Harry forces 2 terrorists to stab each other
-Harry shoots 3 terrorists
-Harry shoots the terrorist holding Helen

Crashing the Party: 22
-Harry breaks 2 terrorists’ necks
-Harry blows up some explosive barrels with a grenade, killing 4 terrorists in the explosion and setting 1 terrorist on fire
-Harry shoots 2 terrorists
-Helen accidentally drops an Uzi down a flight of stairs and it fires continuously, killing 11 terrorists
-Harry shoots 2 more terrorists

Compound: 9
-Harry breaks 1 terrorist’s neck
-Harry guns down 6 terrorists with dual Uzis
-Harry blows up 2 terrorists with makeshift flamethrower

Bridge: 9
-Marine fighter jets blow up the first truck, killing the driver
-1 terrorist is accidentally hit and killed by the backblast of an RPG by one of his buddies, and is subsequently blown out the front of the truck and run over
-Marine fighter jets blow up the second truck with missiles, killing the 2 terrorists inside
-The third truck (thanks to a bird landing on it) falls off the destroyed bridge and explodes, killing the 3 terrorists inside
-Helen and Juno struggle over pistol and accidentally shoot Ackbar (shared)
-The limo crashes into the water with Juno still inside

Office Building: 15
-Faisil shoots 3 terrorists
-Harry mows down 12 terrorists with jet’s twin machine guns

“You’re fired!”: 5
-Harry ejects jet’s sidewinder missile with Salim still dangling onto it into helicopter carrying 4 terrorists, blowing it up and killing all 5 of them in the explosion

(NOTE: Simon’s kill in Harry’s imagination is counted because both Arnie and Paxton acted out the scene.)

It is somewhat sad that such violence permeates Hollywood movies. But it is all about making the money, isn’t it?

Salma Hayek in “From Dusk till Dawn”

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American action horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis. After enjoying modest success at the box office, it has since become a cult film. The film was conceived by Robert Kurtzman who hired Tarantino to write the script as his first paid writing assignment.

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Santanico Pandemonium, formerly Esmeralda or Kisa, is a fictional character from the From Dusk till Dawn film series. She is the primary Queen Vampire of the “Titty Twister”, a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico. In the film series, she is portrayed by Salma Hayek and Ara Celi. The name of Santanico is based on the Mexican Nunsploitation film Satánico pandemonium. Although the original film was not very successful at the box office, the film has achieved a cult status because Hayek’s role as Santanico was generally well received by viewers.

Top Secret movie ”cow/bull scenes”

Top Secret is a relatively unknown comedy film made in 1984.  It stars Val Kilmer in his first feature role.  In my humble opinion it is one of the funniest movies I have ever watched.  The film was made by the ZAZ trio,  David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker.  These fellows made Airplane and the Naked Gun series. 

The humour in Top Secret is very much the same as in those other movies.  Cornball jokes, misinterpretation amongst characters and cockamamie situations.  But there is one scene in Top Secret that should go down as one of the greatest humour sequences in film.  The “Cow Scene.”