We have been so spoiled by the movie industry, sometimes it's hard to imagine just how much actual work is being put into the production. We see cutting-edge visuals, striking shots, and amazing movie effects - but all of that takes a lot of time and effort, sometimes even months or years to perfect. Bored Panda has already made a list of the amazing CGI that Hollywood uses in its movies, but this time, we're focusing on the so-called practical effects that are produced physically without computer-generated imagery. We have compiled a list for you of photos from the sets of popular movies in which you get to see the amazing props, models, masks, puppets, and even robots which were used to bring movie magic to life. Scroll down below to see all of the fascinating shots and vote for the ones that you like!

#1

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Model maker Michael Lynch cut 450,000 Q-tips, painted them and inserted them into a mesh to fill the stands. To make it seem like the crowd was moving, the crew placed fans underneath.

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

That's pretty neat!

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#2

Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride (2005)

Setting up the set with models.

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

Tim Burton's stop motion animations are always really incredible

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#3

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The actual shooting of the iconic opening credits of the movie.

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MissPrideGirl 2 weeks ago

I always wondered how they did it.🤔

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#4

Star Wars: Episodes I & II

Star Wars: Episodes I & II

Adam Savage (yes, the same famous Mythbuster) worked as a model maker on both Star Wars episode I and II.

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Kaisu 2 weeks ago

Oh this is cool, I didn't know Adam worked on Star Wars!

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#5

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Kenny Baker having a sandwich break on set.

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 weeks ago

Totally normal...

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#6

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Steven Spielberg in the jaws of Bruce, the animatronic shark designed for the movie.

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Paul K. Johnson 2 weeks ago

With as many problems as that shark was reported to have, I'd think more than twice about climbing into its mouth for fear the mouth would suddenly start working.

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#7

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

A prop used for close ups of the ring.

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Randy Dhuyvetter 2 weeks ago

People don't realize Sauron was an actual freaking giant :p

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#8

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

In the scene where Neo is reaching for a doorknob, there was no proper way to hide the camera so the director of photography disguised it with a coat and tie matching the ones Morpheus is wearing.

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Podunkus 2 weeks ago

Tilt-shift photography has been around since the 60’s and I understand that’s how scenes are shot where you see the actor and their reflection in the mirror without the camera also appearing in view. I wonder why this was different. Maybe someone knowledgeable can explain?

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#9

Alien³ (1992)

Alien³ (1992)

Bolaji Badejo, a Nigerian student who wore the Alien suit in his only film role, sitting down for a rest during a break. Filming was extremely physically taxing for him as the costume was made from latex that made breathing very hard.

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Gareth Graham 2 weeks ago

"What you thinking about?" "Y'know.... jus' xenomorph stuff"

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#10

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The life size T-Rex animatronic on the set.

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earringnut 2 weeks ago

She is adorable!

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#11

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Steven Spielberg with a camera that's covered in a white cloth with two holes in it. It was used to get the point of view shots for E.T.

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Άρης Παπαδόπουλος 2 weeks ago

This is from the scene where ET is dressed as a ghost for Halloween so they get past Elliott's mother

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#12

Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth (1986)

In order to film the "Helping Hands" scene, the creators made over 100 pairs of latex hands.

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Sanne H. 2 weeks ago

Great movie, with many great special effects, before the age of CGI.

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#13

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin on the set.

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 weeks ago

All we need now is a sea shanty...Yo ho ho....

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#14

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

To make it seem like the pen was floating, Stanley Kubrick instructed the crew to glue it to a large sheet of glass, which was then rotated around to give the impression of free-floating.

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Noel Benavente 2 weeks ago

...and managed to avoid any reflections on the glass, not like in Indiana Jones :-/

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#15

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson directing Ralph Fiennes who's looking through the window of a “train.”

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 weeks ago

Wes, you are my favourite director. And for this film you finally directed my favourite actor. Ahhhh heaven.....

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#16

Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger (1964)

The illusion that the laser was cutting through the table in the famous Goldfinger scene, was actually... not an illusion. The nervous look on Sean Connery's face, we assume, must've also been real. To film it, a special effects man was under the table with an acetylene torch cutting through it from beneath.

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Podunkus 2 weeks ago

And this was the subject of some great satire in the first Austin Powers movie, with the exchange between Dr. Evil and his estranged son. “Why can’t you just shoot him?!”

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#17

Back To The Future Part II (1989)

Back To The Future Part II (1989)

The effects crew working on creating the auto-adjusting and auto-drying jacket effect.

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Louise Stange-Wahl 1 week ago

No matter what year, it's movie magic! I have a photo sitting in this DMC! My favorite movie car!

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#18

Face/Off (1997)

Face/Off (1997)

John Travolta insert torso used for skin removal scene.

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earringnut 2 weeks ago

This is art.

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#19

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick shooting the famous hotel's maze.

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Niall Mac Iomera 2 weeks ago

So to film a model of a maze, they got a model of a maze and filmed it? Amazing.

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#20

Men In Black (1997)

Men In Black (1997)

This what the alien from from the movie actually looks like.

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Max L. 2 weeks ago

Bonus detail : the technician working in the background for the bigger head model in which probably a tiny stunt with heavy prosthetic if not another robot, was used for the dialogue scene slightly after the head was opened in the movie.

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#21

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Setting up models of vehicles.

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Noel Benavente 2 weeks ago

greatest action/sci-fi movie ever...

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#22

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Jim Henson and other Muppeteers working on the set.

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Chris Jones 2 weeks ago

Whoa - no-one needs to see the muppets like this!

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#23

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

A giant robotic bee that was used to film the bee ride scene. In the post-production of the movie, some digital effects were also added.

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

this movie must have taken a long time to finish.

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#24

Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi (1983)

George Lucas and the fully operational Death Star.

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Vaida Kuodytė 2 weeks ago

Fully operational? Complete with a real death ray? D:

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#25

Raise The Titanic (1980)

Raise The Titanic (1980)

55-foot scale model of the Titanic being positioned by a diver.

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Fife1976 2 weeks ago

As Sir Lew Grade, who financed the film said, it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic

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#26

Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

The highest grossing movie of 1996 used a mixture of models and CGI for the effects shots. Around 80% of effects were models (like the large-scale model below) while the other 20% were created digitally.

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Janice Seagraves 1 week ago

That was an exciting scene and I wondered how they did it.

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#27

Escape From New York (1981)

Escape From New York (1981)

The '80s action flick features a scene in which police officers are looking at a digital map of the city. At the time, technology was not advanced enough to create the actual digital graphics so a real-life model was built instead.

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Full Name 2 weeks ago (edited)

This is super cool! I wonder if Tron was done the same way.

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#28

True Lies (1994)

True Lies (1994)

A shot from filming the helicopter scenes for the 1994 action movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. For the movie, the US Government supplied three Marine Harriers and their pilots for a fee of $100,736.

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Podunkus 2 weeks ago

Great, great movie!

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#29

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Bruce, the animatronic shark under construction.

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2WheelTravlr 2 weeks ago

I'd always read about how Bruce was this high-tech nightmare, so this pic showing he's basically a plywood and glue school project gone crazy is a bit of a letdown ;)

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#30

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

Filming the plane crash scene.

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Full Name 2 weeks ago

He not nuts, he crazy.

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