I just found this video through the Twitter feed of the Auteurs, and it’s pretty incredible. This is an example of someone using a technique called tilt shift miniature faking – while you may be fooled into thinking this is an incredibly intricate miniature set, it’s actually real life. Wikipedia’s explanation:
Tilt-shift miniature faking is a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated so that it looks like a photograph of a miniature scale model. By distorting the focus of the photo, the artist simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is. Many miniature faked photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature. Objects oriented horizontally, such as the train in the first example, make better subjects for tilt-shift miniature faking than vertically oriented objects.
Even though I know this video is of massively sized objects, I can’t help but feel like it’s a fucking Toho movie. Incredible.