Saturday 10 May 2014

Cutthroat Island 1995

While most of the movie uses full size ships shot in the tank at Malta, there are a few shots of a quarter scale, 35 foot long (10.67m) miniature shot in the tank at pinewood. The miniature was about the largest that could float in the paddock tank and was supervised by Martin Gutteridge.

The miniature ship was re-dressed to represent a second vessel.

There was also a long boat miniature with articulated puppet rowers built. The miniature ship was blown up using pressurised gas and petrol to get shots of initial rolling fireballs and then really destroyed for a second and final take to match the full size set explosion shot in Malta.

The cameras were floated in glass fronted boxes, like big aquariums, to get the lenses as low as possible.

The shots are pretty good but very few in number and considering the size of the miniature and the effort that must have gone into it's building and photographing, disappointingly distant and small in frame. Plus its mostly shown in a night sequence so you barely see it.

Murphy's War 1971

A largely forgotten film that has some very creditable miniature effects shots.

There are underwater shots of a Nazi submarine, shots of the submarine facing off a dilapidated crane barge and  shots of the crane barge sinking at the end of the movie. The torpedo looks to be a commonly used stock shot.

I have no idea who supervised the miniature work. It looks very like Bill Warrington's work. I would like to know if any one could furnish me with this information, I would be very interested to find out, please add it to the comments.

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