link to home page Universal Studios Hollywood logo - click for the official site

Dante's Peak Model (approximately 1998 to 2005)

Just after the Greens Department and before arriving at the Flash Flood set, trams were offered a tantalising glimpse at a forced perspective miniature set that was used in Dante's Peak.

Model sets are used extensively in special effects work, even now when digital effects are so common. It's still considerably cheaper to make a detailed model such as this than build a similar model in the computer and then do all the associated work to get that image onto a piece of film.

This model has now been replaced by The Fast & The Furious: Extreme Close-up.

 

The model set, seen in 2004 (Photo: Bernardo Achirica, July 2004)
The model set, seen in 2004 (Photo: Bernardo Achirica, July 2004)
Approaching the model set (Photo: Bernardo Achirica, July 2004)
Approaching the model set (Photo: Bernardo Achirica, July 2004)