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.

More info: glasscathedrals.com | Instagram

#1

The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir (1998)

The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir (1998)

Starring in miniature: Jim Carrey.

Report

Liz Karsa
Community Member
1 year ago

I really love this

View 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.

Report

Dominic Ding
Community Member
1 year ago

whoa that looks beautiful I wish I could mold beautiful artwork out of clay(and other materials)

View More Replies...
View 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.

Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 year ago

One of my all time favorite movies! Awesome!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

Bohemian Rhapsody, Dir. Bryan Singer (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody, Dir. Bryan Singer (2018)

Starring in miniature: Rami Malek.

Report

AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
Community Member
1 year ago

that movie is good

View more comments
#5

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.

Report

LC Greenwood
Community Member
1 year ago

This scene in the bamboo forest is EPIC AF. Well done!

View more comments
#6

Out Of Africa, Dir. Sydney Pollack (1985)

Out Of Africa, Dir. Sydney Pollack (1985)

Starring in miniature Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

Report

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing movie and diorama.

View more comments
#7

Fight Club, Dir. David Fincher (1999)

Fight Club, Dir. David Fincher (1999)

Starring in miniature: Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

Report

#8

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.

Report

Kyana Winter
Community Member
1 year ago

I have read the book, but I have never watched the movie. I suppose I should add it to my list!

View 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.

Report

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Another brilliant movie. Love the diorama.

View more comments
#10

Vertigo, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

Vertigo, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

Report

ArhomR
Community Member
1 year ago

Jimmie Stewart and Kim Novak(?)

View more comments
#11

Jojo Rabbit, Dir. Taika Waititi (2019)

Jojo Rabbit, Dir. Taika Waititi (2019)

Starring in miniature: Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis.

Report

Beatriz Miranda
Community Member
1 year ago

I really like this movie!

View more comments
#12

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

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

Starring in miniature Keir Dullea.

Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

Dave: Open the pod bay door HAL. HAL: Sorry Dave....I can't do that

View more comments
#13

Amelie, Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2002)

Amelie, Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2002)

Starring in miniature Audrey Tautou.

Report

manon M
Community Member
1 year ago

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

#14

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

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

Starring in miniature Philippe Petit.

Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 year 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.

#15

Blade Runner, Dir. Ridley Scott (1982)

Blade Runner, Dir. Ridley Scott (1982)

Starring in miniature: Rutger Hauer.

Report

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
1 year 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."

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

Report

#17

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.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#18

Moonrise Kingdom, Dir. Wes Anderson (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom, Dir. Wes Anderson (2012)

Starring in miniature Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

This has prompted me to read reviews of the film and watch the trailer on YouTube

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

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.

Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 year ago

i love westerns. My favorite has to be young guns. sad i know but i can recite every sentence in that film.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

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

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

Starring in miniature Alex Honnold.

Report

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
1 year ago

YES! A very good documentary.

View More Replies...
#21

The English Patient, Dir. Anthony Minghella (1996)

The English Patient, Dir. Anthony Minghella (1996)

Starring in miniature Ralph Fiennes and Kirsten Scott Thomas.

Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 year ago

My fave actor....

View More Replies...
View 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.

Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 year ago

We miss you Mr. Cohen....

#23

Goldfinger, Dir. Guy Hamilton (1964)

Goldfinger, Dir. Guy Hamilton (1964)

Starring in miniature Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton.

Report

#24

Get Out, Dir. Jordan Peele (2017)

Get Out, Dir. Jordan Peele (2017)

Starring in miniature: Daniel Kaluuya.

Report

Liz Karsa
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

#25

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

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

Starring in miniature Cecilia Roth.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda