We are always astonished by the breathtaking scenes which we see in movies. But very often our imagination is fooled when we come to know the reality. The term used for such effects is "Miniature Effect."
In miniature effects, high-speed photography is combined with small scale models to make gravitational and other effects convincing to the user. Let's have a look at some of the miniature effects used in movies.
Christopher Nolan's "Inception" can be termed as the mind-bender of the decade. Nolan is among the most successful directors we've ever seen. He is a traditionalist and prefers using old ways to shoot. Nolan doesn't like much of computer made graphics instead he prefers real effects, which when combined with Nolan's artistary work produces magic.
Minas Tirith was like the Himalayas of The Lord Of The Rings. Minas Tirith means the "Tower of Guard." It was used to keep an eye on the enemy. Many important events took place in and in front of the city. It was also known as the "City Of Kings" because of its connection with the kings and stewards of Gondor.
As a child, I always wanted to go to "Hogwarts" but now I am happy with where I am. Yes, you guessed it right, Hogwarts was a miniature too. But the size doesn't affect the creativity and Hogwarts is as beautiful as it looks.
The Grand Budapest Hotel isn't really grand when it comes to the actual size.
Gotham City, best known as the home of "BATMAN" is a fictional American city appearing in comic books published by DC comics. Gotham is as real as it can get because it has its own Universe, specified dimensions, and population.
"The name is Bond, James Bond" and the Russia shown in GoldenEye is a miniature!!!
"The Nostromo" is a commercial spacecraft which is on a return trip to earth with a seven-member crew. It has largely been employed to run automated ore and oil refineries between the solar system and 20 Reticuli (fictional star system.)