Perhaps the only thing better than the homes of movie celebrities is their place of work: the movie set. Detailed research is often required to find the perfect place, project designers and hundreds of construction workers bring everything from historic buildings to fanciful settings to life.
While viewers simply enjoy the two hours of entertainment in the theaters, it can take months of work behind the scenes to ensure that a world of make-believe feels real. After all, an audience’s willingness to engage in the plot may depend on how well a movie’s setting matches its story. When it comes to the best movie sets of all time, the magic is here.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Recording set: Gorlitz, Germany.
Filmmaker Wes Anderson is known for his imaginative sets and unique filming locations. Only he could have imagined that an abandoned department store in Germany, with an atrium and skylight, could become the main setting for the hotel’s extravagant interior. He and production designer Adam Stockhausen actually transformed the space twice: once for the 1920s and 1930s scenes and once for the 1960s scenes.
Harry Potter (2001–2011)
Recording set: Warner Bros. Studios, England.
To bring the Harry Potter series to life, 588 sets were built at the Leavesden studio complex in Watford, Hertfordshire, in the south east of England. Over 10 years, the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, Platform 9¾ and Diagon Alley were created, where actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint learned to use their magical powers.
The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003)
Recording set: Waikato, New Zealand.
A 485 hectare private estate became home to the hobbits after some negotiations and help from the New Zealand Army. Facades for 37 hobbit burrows, a mill and a double arch bridge were built, but production designer Grant Major insisted that real vegetables and flowers be planted on set a year before filming began, to ensure it looked like an inhabited village. in truth.
Recording set: Cinecittà Studios, Rome, Italy.
The classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was originally supposed to be made in England, but a winter storm destroyed the set, which was rebuilt in Rome. The production team took the opportunity to make it even grander. Johnny DeCuir was instructed to build a forum apparently more impressive than the actual Roman Forum.
Recording set: Rosarito, Mexico.
The recreation of the iconic ocean liner that served as the backdrop for the love story of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic was only 10% smaller than the actual ship that sank in 1912. In addition, a gigantic hinge was built that allowed the vessel to be fully tilted during the filming of director James Cameron, while sucking millions of liters of water from the ocean in a tank where it was installed.
Recording set: Pinewood Studios, England.
Gotham City, along with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, was easily one of the main highlights of Tim Burton’s action movie. Designer Anton Furst, who won an Oscar for his work on the film, created the Batmobile and the Manhattan set, occupying nearly the entire 38-hectare area adjacent to the studio. It was the largest ensemble built since Cleopatra in 1963.
Waterworld – The Secret of the Waters (1995)
Recording set: Kona Coast, Hawaii.
The Waterworld set was actually a floating aquatic complex over 400 meters in circumference and weighing 1,000 tons, which involved over 300 people in three months of construction. Strangely, there were no restrooms on location, so the entire crew, including star Kevin Costner, were forced to return to a barge near the coast to use the restroom. Filming lasted six weeks.
Ben Hur (1959)
Recording set: Cinecittà Studios, Italy.
For the filming of this classic, about 1.2 million dollars were spent on plaster for the 300 sets spread over 59 hectares and nine studios. This was, at the time, the largest single set in film history. There was even a chariot race to rehearse before the main scenes were filmed.
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