I’ve Been Making Dioramas For 15 Years, Here Are My 25 Favorite Movies In Miniature

Somehow I’ve ended up making dioramas—miniature worlds in boxes—for a living. Over the last 15 years, I have made (and sold) several thousand. The scale is a classic model railway—1:87, so figures are less than an inch high.

In addition to the paid work, every year, I make a “labor-of-love” collection. If I get to show them in an exhibition, it’s a bonus, but I’m mainly making them for myself.

“Cinerama,” which I ended up exhibiting in Telluride during the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, is a collection of over 25 dioramas of films I love.

Some highlights in the making of Cinerama: Brad Pitt and Ed Norton getting bloody in Fight Club; kitting out the kids running away in the Moonrise Kingdom; the gravity-defying bamboo-jungle sword fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Taika Waititi as Hitler leaping through a Bavarian forest in Jojo Rabbit; painting the whites of Daniel Kaluuya’s eyes in Get Out; and gluing Steve Buscemi’s 3 mm leg into a miniature wood chipper for Fargo.

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The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir (1998)

The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir (1998)

Starring in miniature: Jim Carrey.

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Liz Karsa2 days ago

I really love this4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Dir. Chris Columbus (2001)

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Dir. Chris Columbus (2001)

Starring in miniature: Daniel Radcliffe and Hedwig.

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Dominic Ding4 days ago

whoa that looks beautiful I wish I could mold beautiful artwork out of clay(and other materials)7ReplyView more comments#3 

Fargo, Dir. The Coen Brothers (1996)

Fargo, Dir. The Coen Brothers (1996)

Starring in miniature Peter Stormare and Steve Buschemi’s foot.

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Ms.M.4 days ago

One of my all time favorite movies! Awesome!6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#4 

Bohemian Rhapsody, Dir. Bryan Singer (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody, Dir. Bryan Singer (2018)

Starring in miniature: Rami Malek.

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES3 days ago

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Out Of Africa, Dir. Sydney Pollack (1985)

Out Of Africa, Dir. Sydney Pollack (1985)

Starring in miniature Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

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ArhomR2 days ago

Amazing movie and diorama.1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Dir. Ang Lee (2003)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Dir. Ang Lee (2003)

Starring in miniature: Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang.

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LC Greenwood1 day ago

This scene in the bamboo forest is EPIC AF. Well done!1ReplyView more comments#7 

Fight Club, Dir. David Fincher (1999)

Fight Club, Dir. David Fincher (1999)

Starring in miniature: Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

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To Kill A Mockingbird, Dir. Robert Mulligan (1962)

To Kill A Mockingbird, Dir. Robert Mulligan (1962)

Starring in miniature Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford and Brock Peters.

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Kyana Winter4 days ago

I have read the book, but I have never watched the movie. I suppose I should add it to my list!7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

Life Of Pi, Dir. Ang Lee (2012)

Life Of Pi, Dir. Ang Lee (2012)

Starring in miniature Suraj Sharma.

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ArhomR2 days ago

Another brilliant movie. Love the diorama.1ReplyView more comments#10 

Vertigo, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

Vertigo, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

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ArhomR2 days ago

Jimmie Stewart and Kim Novak(?)2ReplyView more comments#11 

2001: A Space Odyssey, Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey, Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968)

Starring in miniature Keir Dullea.

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Andrew Gibb4 days ago

Dave: Open the pod bay door HAL. HAL: Sorry Dave….I can’t do that11Reply#12 

Jojo Rabbit, Dir. Taika Waititi (2019)

Jojo Rabbit, Dir. Taika Waititi (2019)

Starring in miniature: Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis.

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Beatriz Miranda4 days ago

I really like this movie!6ReplyView more comments#13 

Man On A Wire, Dir. James Marsh (2008)

Man On A Wire, Dir. James Marsh (2008)

Starring in miniature Philippe Petit.

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Billy The Kid11 hours ago

if this is the film im thinking off. It is brilliant. a man stuck on a wire because the police are waiting for him on the both buildings connecting the wire. He even lays down to rest.0Reply#14 

Amelie, Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2002)

Amelie, Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2002)

Starring in miniature Audrey Tautou.

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manon M4 days ago

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain10Reply#15 

Blade Runner, Dir. Ridley Scott (1982)

Blade Runner, Dir. Ridley Scott (1982)

Starring in miniature: Rutger Hauer.

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Nicklas Linder3 days ago

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”7ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://69d9c401907fde2c026ec2edb4b5d564.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#16 

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Dir. Céline Sciamma (2019)

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Dir. Céline Sciamma (2019)

Starring in miniature: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel.

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Captain Fantastic, Dir. Matt Ross (2016)

Captain Fantastic, Dir. Matt Ross (2016)

Starring in miniature: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell.

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Moonrise Kingdom, Dir. Wes Anderson (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom, Dir. Wes Anderson (2012)

Starring in miniature Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

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Andrew Gibb4 days ago

This has prompted me to read reviews of the film and watch the trailer on YouTube6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

Free Solo, Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin (2018)

Free Solo, Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin (2018)

Starring in miniature Alex Honnold.

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ruthenium the ruther4 days ago

YES! A very good documentary.4ReplyView More Replies…#20 

The English Patient, Dir. Anthony Minghella (1996)

The English Patient, Dir. Anthony Minghella (1996)

Starring in miniature Ralph Fiennes and Kirsten Scott Thomas.

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Monty Is Fiennes1 day ago

My fave actor….1ReplyView more comments#21 

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Dir. George Roy Hill (1969)

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Dir. George Roy Hill (1969)

Starring in miniature Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

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Billy The Kid10 hours ago

i love westerns. My favorite has to be young guns. sad i know but i can recite every sentence in that film.0ReplyView more comments#22 

Marianne And Leonard: Words Of Love, Dir. Nick Broomfield (2019)

Marianne And Leonard: Words Of Love, Dir. Nick Broomfield (2019)

Starring in miniature Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen.

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Monty Is Fiennes1 day ago

We miss you Mr. Cohen….2Reply#23 

Goldfinger, Dir. Guy Hamilton (1964)

Goldfinger, Dir. Guy Hamilton (1964)

Starring in miniature Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton.

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Get Out, Dir. Jordan Peele (2017)

Get Out, Dir. Jordan Peele (2017)

Starring in miniature: Daniel Kaluuya.

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Liz Karsa2 days ago

Love it!0Reply#25 

All About My Mother, Dir. Pedro Almodovar (1999)

All About My Mother, Dir. Pedro Almodovar (1999)

Starring in miniature Cecilia Roth.

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