Take a trip in this latest podcast episode.
Miniature effects were once the mainstay of visual effects–there just weren’t many other ways to bring an alien spacecraft or a building explosion to life. But with the advent of digital VFX, the use of models and miniatures has been less and less.
However, that feels very recently like it may be changing, with miniatures and models popping up in several projects such as First Man, Tenet and The Mandalorian.
So, where were models and miniatures first used? To answer that question, I asked modelmaker and visual effects artist David Ross to join me in this latest VFX Firsts podcast. Ross’ incredible work can be seen in the film Turning Tide, and several other projects.
1. La Voyage Dans la Lune (1902) (aka A Trip to the Moon)
2. Or, could it be The Windsor Hotel Fire (1899), by Albert E. Smith and J. Stewart Blackton?
3. Turning Tide
Check out the film below, and some making of clips.
4. Models and miniatures resources
VashiVisuals – miniatures and forced perspective
befores & afters – the miniatures of The Mandalorian
Wikipedia – “miniature effect”
Finally, did we get it wrong? Is there a different film you think was the first to use stop-motion? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for listening!