If, like me, you’re the kind of person who loves to know the ins and outs of the special effects side of things then you may want to get your hands on this month’s issue of Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller, as it contains what looks to be a rather impressive look behind the scenes of the miniatures used in the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.
The special anniversary episode used a wonderful mix of old school miniature effects and up to date CGI and merged the two together so well that there were times even my well trained eye was stumped as to which was which. Turns out from reading Sci-fi & Fantasy Modeller most of the Time War sequences set on Arcadia were miniatures.
The article looks at the genesis of the project, how they came to be involved (due to their sterling work with the submarine in Series 7 episode Cold War) and how they would face the challenge of shooting high speed miniature sequences in 3D.
Personally I love that for the 50th year the show is still using the tried and tested (and sometimes better looking) miniature effects, and hope that this article will spark more interest in the field and bring it back to more common usage over the CG alternative. You can pre-order your copy of issue 33 of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller today from Forbidden Planet.
What are your feelings on this subject? Are miniatures still the number one effects choice for you, or do you see it as a remnant from the past that should be left there in favour of new techniques? As always our comments section is there for you to fill up people.
(With thanks to Phil)