Friday, May 14, 2021

5 miniature models from the movies on display...

Today we continue to explore the magic of movie making with these five miniature production models used to bring the worlds of comedy, fantasy, action and horror to life on the big screen.

The Grand Budapest Hotel miniature production model
Grand Budapest Hotel miniature model
First up is this spectacular production model of The Grand Budapest Hotel used in Wes Anderson's 2014 comedy about an aging high-class hotel and the working relationship between the concierge and the lobby boy.

The movie was nominated for nine Oscars and took home four, including for Production Design for Adam Stockhausen (with Anna Pinnock for Set Decoration) and Best Costume Design for Milena Canonero.

This screen-used model was photographed on display at the sadly now defunct ArcLight Hollywood cinema in March 2014, so make sure you take a closer look at this miniature model and costumes from The Grand Budapest Hotel on display.

S.S. Venture tramp steamer and Skull Island miniature
from King Kong
SS Venture Skull Island King Kong
Next up is miniature S.S. Venture boat model from 2005's King Kong movie remake directed by Peter Jackson. This tramp steamer sailed to Skull Island, the home of the legendary giant ape.

This model was photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on the theme park tour in April 2009.

Mansion miniature model from Downsizing
Downsizing mansion model miniature
This next mansion miniature model is from Alexander Payne's 2017 comedy Downsizing. To deal with overpopulation, scientist have started to shrink people down to four inches tall and Matt Damon finds himself starting his life anew in a downsized community.

Be sure to take a closer look at this miniature model from Downsizing that was on display in ArcLight Hollywood's foyer in December 2017.

Miniature WW11 Belgian village
from Welcome to Marwen
Welcome to Marwen miniature village model
The next miniatures are of a slightly different kind. In 2018's Welcome to Marwen based a true story, Steve Carell plays the victim of a vicious hate crime who builds a miniature Belgian World War II town to aid his recovery and help him remember, filling it with G.I. Joes and Barbie dolls which he photographs for therapy.

Be sure to take a closer look at these miniature Marwen buildings that were on display at ArcLight Hollywood in December 2018.

Castle miniature from Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bram Stokers Dracula castle miniature
And the final dramatic example is from Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 gothic horror movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula.

This miniature castle and home of the vampire lord was created for the film by Matte World.

Take a closer look at this production model and Gary Oldman's bat-form prosthetic makeup from Bram Stoker's Dracula that were photographed on display at the Planet Hollywood Cafe in Las Vegas in April 2011.

With people getting vaccinated and things slowly starting to get back to normal, I can't wait to see what screen-used costumes and props I can discover in the future on display at movie theatres, theme parks and museums.

Monday, May 3, 2021

5 life-like props from the movies on display...

I always love seeing the screen-used costumes and props on display as it gives you a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes Hollywood magic that goes into creating movies, especially where sci-fi, comic book and fantasy films are involved. That being said, here are five life-like props that resemble their actor counterparts for you to enjoy.

Sylvester Stallone's cryogenically frozen Sergeant John Spartan prop 
from Demolition Man 
Cryogenically frozen Sylvester Stallone prop Demolition Man
First up is this life-size naked replica of Sylvester Stallone used in the 1993 sci-fi movie, Demolition Man.

In the film he plays LAPD Sergeant 'John Spartan' who is sentenced to the city's new California Cryo Penitentiary when a hostage situation goes bad. When another prisoner escapes from cryo-prison he's awakened in the future to help capture him.

This prop copy of the action hero was photographed on display at Planet Hollywood Cafe in Las Vegas in April 2011.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze head
from Batman & Robin
Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr Freeze head Batman & Robin
Another of the Planet Hollywood Cafe founders also had a replica of his head on display at the same time, with this silvery 'Mr. Freeze' bust of Arnold Schwarzenegger from 1997's comic book crime-fighting caper, Batman & Robin.

Fans of the DC supervillain can also check out his Mr. Freeze movie costume on display too.

Christina Ricci's camouflaged Wednesday Addams prop
from Addams Family Values 
Camouflaged Wednesday prop Addams Family Values
The next fun bit of prop scenery is from 1993's live-action Addams Family sequel, Addams Family Values, and was also photographed at the Planet Hollywood Cafe.

Christina Ricci played their spooky daughter 'Wednesday' and expertly camouflaged herself in the Addams Mansion during the film.

Emma Watson's petrified Hermione Granger prop
from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Petrified Hermione Granger prop Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
In 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Emma Watson's 'Hermione Granger' finds herself petrified by the basilisk at Hogwarts.

This magical life-like replica of the actress was spied at Warner Bros. Studios Backlot Museum in July 2014.

Ricky Gervais Dominic Badguy bust prop
from Muppets Most Wanted
Ricky Gervais bust Muppets Most Wanted
And the fifth prop is from 2014's musical crime comedy, Muppets Most Wanted, in which British comedian Ricky Gervais plays the Muppets tour manager who is also a master criminal in disguise.

If you like this life-like bust which was on display at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre in March 2014, make sure you check out these other fun costumes and props from Muppets Most Wanted.