Friday, 2 October 2015

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997

Uniformly excellent miniature work on display here supervised by John Richardson. The model workshop was supervised by Brian Smithies and Rick Thomson with miniature photography by Paul Wilson.

Along with a miniature stealth ship and a modern outline frigate at the climax, the opening of the film features some shots of miniature mayhem featuring a missile launcher and the odd truck or two. There is also a shot of a model Jet exploding.

This is an example of miniatures done right, totally believable and realistic, faultless execution from the construction to the photography.

Again information is scant, this film didn't even get a mention in Cinefex which is a shame.

I would really like to know more about the models and the filming. Apparently there is an article in Eyepiece the Journal of the British camera technicians vol18 no:6 from 1997 in which Paul Wilson, the miniatures director of photography, details some of the methods and challenges of the model shoot, particularly the ships. I have not been able to locate a copy but would very much like to, so if anyone has access to this journal I would like to read the article.

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