Miniatures used to be the standard in movies. Back in the days before CGI, they were pretty much the only way to create a lot of things. If you need an alien spaceship in your movie, building one to full scale was impractical, and actually making it fly was impossible. So, miniatures were used with some clever filming techniques in order to make them look real. To make them look full size.
Once CGI came along, a lot of things were just much easier to do on the computer. Some filmmakers, though, didn’t believe they looked real – not that miniatures were always believable. Wes Anderson is one such filmmaker. In this video, Vox had a chat with miniature and prop maker Simon Weisse to find out why and how they’re still used in movies today – particularly Wes Anderson movies.