Celebrating ‘80s Sci-Fi with the Creators of 'Slice of Life'

Filming 'Slice of Life'

Filming 'Slice of Life'

Luka Hrgović and Dino Julius are the self-described “movie geeks” behind Slice of Life, an original film set in the Blade Runner universe. To recreate Ridley Scott’s retrofuturistic world, they used practical effects and miniatures — no CGI. (See how they built the set in their garage.) Below, they share some of their favorite Kickstarter projects and special effects moments in movie history.

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Slice of Life

Slice of Life

Five films with mind-blowing practical effects

Moon (2009) 
Duncan Jones had a small budget to make this film, so he decided to create all the Moon exteriors using miniatures.

Poltergeist (1982)
One day Steven Spielberg said, "Let's use every single special effects technique we have in this one film." It's a real gem.

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
When you realize that visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen animated that sword-fighting scene with the skeletons all by himself, you have to bow down.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
There were some beautiful miniatures in this film, and the way they were shot draws attention to the fact that they're miniatures. That's part of Wes Anderson's charm.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Yes, there is some CGI in this film, but most people think the effects are all CGI. They're not! There are tons of amazing prosthetic effects, created by makeup effects artist Stan Winston.

The 'Slice of Life' set

The 'Slice of Life' set

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