Sunday, October 13, 2019

Incredible miniatures for Total Recall (1990) Martian landscapes

One of the best movies set on Mars ever made - Total Recall (1990), stared by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone and directed by Paul Verhoeven (known also for Starship Troopers, RoboCop, Basic Instinct and other movies), was the last major movie to heavily utilize miniature effects before computer graphics took that job. Vast and incredibly detailed miniature Martian landscapes were built for the movie. Unfortunately most of the miniatures were destroyed after the filming was done. Here are some rare photos from the production process of the miniature Martian landscapes before their destruction.

Mars colony:

Miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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View of Mars colony from Cohaagen's office in Total Recall 1990 movie

The spaceport:

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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Mars spaceport in Total Recall 1990 movie

Mars colony:

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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View of Mars colony from Cohaagen's office in Total Recall 1990 movie

Erupting Martian mountain:

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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Erupting Martian mountain in Total Recall 1990 movie

Creating Martian landscapes:

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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Martian landscape in Total Recall 1990 movie

... and mountains:

Making miniatures for Total Recall Martian landscapes
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Martian mountain in Total Recall 1990 movie

Here is also a short documentary about the special effects of Total Recall:


If you are looking for HD images from the movie itself, HERE they are.

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