Miniature Melbourne

Watching Nathan Kaso’s short film Miniature Melbourne immediately brings to mind what Orson Welles once said about moviemaking: ”This is the biggest electric train set a boy ever had.”

Kaso’s film looks like it was made using Lego and miniatures, only it wasn’t. That really is Melbourne on screen, and those tiny plastic model railway people, well, they’re real, too.

The film was shot using a technique known as tilt-shift, the main characteristic of which is a blurring of the top and bottom of the frame that creates the impression of varied depth of field.

”It tricks the mind into thinking you’ve shot with miniatures because it’s impossible to actually shoot landscape that way,” Kaso says. ”You need to shoot from high up and with the right sort of perspective to make it look like you’ve shot with models.”

Traditionally tilt-shift is an in-camera effect, achieved using a dedicated lens; in Kaso’s case it was achieved after the fact, using Photoshop.


from the Age Melbourne