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Miniature Construction & Photography

Magic Camera Company has a range of expertise, all of which is vital for the production of world-class models.

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Construction
Model construction is an intricate and highly specialised process by a select group of the UK's foremost model makers, working with a wide range of materials to product highly realistic models of all scales. This often involves working closely with production designers to seamlessly merge constructions into surrounding photography and ensure that the art direction is consistent with the look of the film.
Photography
Lighting and photography of models is also highly specialised and integral to achieving convincing realism and sense of scale. We work closely with the UK's top directors of photography and lighting designers, who understand the specific needs of lighting and filming models.
Supervision
Our director of models José Granell is primarily responsible for all of our models work. He has expertise stretching back almost thirty years in the industry and has been recognised with two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Models at the industry's annual Visual Effect Society awards.
Production management
We are experts in managing entire model units, from the early bidding and storyboard stages through to management of the construction crew, photographic unit and pyrotechnics.
Initially, we are often approached at very early stages of production, discussing storyboards and artwork with the director and production designer and continuing to do so throughout construction and unit photography.

We also liaise closely with the digital effects providers and visual effects supervisors, to ensure the integration of their work will be seamless in the later digital effects stage.

We also appreciate that efficient production management is essential to the successful integration of the model unit with multiple production departments. These can include special effects technicians, camera and equipment suppliers, the model unit supervisor and the entire unit crew.

Creative supervision of the model unit is managed by our director of models José Granell. His expertise and knowledge of his craft are essential to the smooth outcome of every single production, and are responsible for consistently spectacular results.

The result of all this expertise is that the models team have been responsible for some of the most memorable and realistic visual effects sequences to come out of the UK in recent years.

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SHOWREELS

Miniature Construction & Photography

Magic Camera Company has a range of expertise, all of which is vital for the production of world-class models.

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GALLERIES

A series of Behind the Scene images

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Pan

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The “Ranger” Galleon.

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1:4 scale Cable Car. 1 stunt version and 2 crash versions where built.

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The “Ranger” Galleon.

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1:4 scale Ships masts and rigging of the “Ranger”. Built for the Cable Car collision with the masts.

Cinderella

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Detail of Clock Face.

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Underside of Clock Mechanism floor.

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Clock Tower mechanical Bell Strikers.

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Clock Tower 1:4 scale. 16’ high Model of Clock Tower with mechanical Bell Striker figures and Clock Mechanism.

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Interior Clock Mechanism room.

Endless Road

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Still from commercial.

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Glassworks CGI

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José Granell on set

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Honda Set Build

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Honda Set Build

Into The Woods

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Woodland set test stills.

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Unit Supervisor José Granell dressing set.

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Woodland set construction underway. 1:10 scale 50’ x 40’ footprint.

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Hero tree having final foliage added during shoot.

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Woodland set test stills.

Harry Potter

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Hogwarts model.

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Model FX Supervisor José Granell with the Hogwarts model.

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Hogwarts School 1:24 scale model, 70’ x 60’ and 27’ high.

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Hogwarts in snow.

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Hogwarts School 1:24 scale model, 70’ x 60’ and 27’ high.

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Hogwarts Courtyard model 1:10 scale.

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Hogwarts Courtyard model 1:10 scale.

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Hogwarts Courtyard model 1:10 scale.

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Hogsmead Village detail.

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Hogsmead Village detail.

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Hogsmead Village model, Model Fx Supervisor José Granell adding finishing touches.

Captain Morgan

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Capt Morgan Ship under construction at Magic Camera Co workshops.

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Director Todd Field lines up a shot.

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Model as Don Alonzo’s ship, 25’ hull 30’ loa, fully practical sailing rig and working cannons.

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Capt Morgan’s ship being rigged.

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Richard and Shawn on camera.

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Model as Capt Morgan’s ship, 25’ hull 30’ loa fully practical sailing rig and working cannons.

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Detail of Capt Morgan figurehead.

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Model Rigging against sky.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Top view of the Factory 1:24 scale.

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Top view of Factory and Tain depot 1:24 scale.

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View from Charlie’s house 1:24 scale 1500 houses. 

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View through railway arch of town and Charlie’s house.

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Wonkerville dressed in snow during smoke pass.

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Wonkerville dressed in snow during smoke pass.

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Hospital.

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Hospital.

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Hospital.

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Hospital.

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Model mountain with moco rig.

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Model mountain during smoke pass.

K-19 The Widowmaker

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Model Whiskey Class Submarine being overhauled. Burriana, Spain.

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Focus Nigel Permane checks the camera housing. Burriana, Spain.

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K-19 Submarine hull being fitted with alternative Conning tower to convert it to a diesel/electric sub. Portland UK.

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Model Whiskey Class diesel/electric Submarine. 42’ long with practical torpedoes and engines. In workshop, Burriana, Spain.

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Model K-19 Submarine being launched. Burriana, Spain.

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Model K-19 Submarine in open ocean. Burriana, Spain.

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Model Whiskey Class Submarine being overhauled. Burriana, Spain.

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K-19 Hotel Class Nuclear Submarine, 52’ long Model, weighing 6 tons.

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K-19 Hotel Class Nuclear Submarine, 52’ long Model, weighing 6 tons. With practical periscope, radar, engines and torpedoes sits on dock for final checkover. Burriana, Spain.

Gale Force10

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Top view of Model prepped to sink. U stage.

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Boat rigged to sink with 2 x radio controlled figures.

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Model boat drags  RC crew under.

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José Granell prepares to shoot.

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José Granell prepares to shoot.

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Divers attend to the boat. 1:3 scale, built with auto capsize system.

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Divers and Model makers attend to the boat. 1:3 scale, built with auto capsize system.

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Nigel and Matt at sea.

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Preparations in the harbour.

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Model sails into portland harbour. 1:3 scale, built with auto capsize system.

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Preparations in the harbour.

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Divers and Model makers attend to the boat. 1:3 scale, built with auto capsize system.

Raid On St Nazaire

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1:12 scale model of HMS Campbeltown. Under construction at Magic Camera Co, built for Jeremy Clarkson’s documentary “The Greatest Raid of All”.

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1:12 scale model of HMS Campbeltown. Under construction at Magic Camera Co, built for Jeremy Clarkson’s documentary “The Greatest Raid of All”.

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Detail of the HMS Campbeltown.

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Detail of the HMS Campbeltown.

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Micro scale landscape details under construction at Magic Camera Co.

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HMS Campbeltown during shoot, Bray Studios.

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HMS Campbeltown during shoot, Bray Studios.

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Micro landscape during shoot at Bray Studios.

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Micro landscape during shoot at Bray Studios.

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Micro landscape during shoot at Bray Studios.

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HMS Campbeltown during shoot, Bray Studios.

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HMS Campbeltown during shoot, Bray Studios.

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Danny. Enthusiastic crew member volunteers to be used as FX element.

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Dry Dock Gates set built in 60’ x 25’ tank. Bray Studios.

Phantom Of The Opera

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Paris Opera house model, 30’ x 12’. with fully practical lighting.

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Paris Opera house model, 30’ x 12’.

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Paris Opera house detail.

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Paris Opera house detail.

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Paris Opera house detail.

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Paris Opera house model, 30’ x 12’. with fully practical lighting.

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Paris Opera house model, 30’ x 12’. with fully practical lighting.

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Paris Opera house model, 30’ x 12’. with fully practical lighting.

Titanic 100

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History Channel Logo built to emulate the Titanic wreck.

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History Channel Logo built to emulate the Titanic wreck.

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History Channel Logo built to emulate the Titanic wreck.

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History Channel Logo built to emulate the Titanic wreck.

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History Channel Logo built to emulate the Titanic wreck.

More …

CREDITS

Feature Films

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Pan. (WarnerBros)

Cinderella. (Disney)

Into The Woods. (Disney)

Edge Of Tomorrow. (Disney)

Captain Morgan Rum (Smuggler Productions)

Jack Ryan. (Paramount)

Total Recall. (Sony)

John Carter Of Mars. (Disney)

Sherlock Holmes. (WarnerBros)

Prince Of Persia. (Disney)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (WarnerBros)

Jeremy Clarkson: Greatest Raid of All Time. (North One Television)

Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix. (Warner Bros)

Gale Force 10. (MMG nv)

V for Vendetta. (WarnerBros)

Charlie and Chocolate Factory. (WarnerBros)

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire. (Warner Bros)

Sahara. (Sahara Productions)

Phantom of The Opera. (Really Useful Films)

Harry Potter III The Prisoner of Azkaban. (WarnerBros)

Harry Potter II Chamber of Secrets. (WarnerBros)

K19. (Intermedia)

Count of Monte Cristo. (Disney)

Ocean Warrior. (Ocean Warrior FX)

Enigma. (Intermedia)

A Knights Tale. (Knights Tale Sony / Columbia)

Mission Impossible II (Paramount)

Entrapment. (Twentieth Century Fox)

The Avengers. (WarnerBros)

Lost In Space. (New Line Cinema)

Seven Years In Tibet. (Applecross)

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. (Hallmark)

Hamlet (65mm) (Fishmonger Films)

Pinocchio. (Allied Pinocchio Productions)

Golden Eye (Eon Productions)

Judge Dredd. (Cinegi)

First Knight (Columbia)

Othelllo. (Imminent Films)

BraveHeart. (Marquis Films)

Germinal. (Renn Productions)

Black Beauty. (WarnerBros)

Cape Fear. (Amblin Entertainment)

Landslide. (Desmond Bagley Films)

Never Ending Story III. ( Cinevox UK)

In Exile. (North American Pictures)

Hudson Hawk. (Tri Star Pictures)

NeverEnding Story II. (Dieter Geissler Productions)

Batman I. (Warner Bros)

High Spirits. (Palace Pictures)

Santa Claus. (Alexander Salkind)

Spies Like Us. (Warner Bros)

Absolute Beginner. (Palace Pictures)

Hamlet. (Marquis Films)

Give My Regards To Broad St. (MPL Productions)

Plus over 150 Television Commercials and Pop Promos.

Reviews

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Awards

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British Arrows Craft 2015 Winner
Gold Arrow

Awarded to Jose Granell at The Magic Camera Company
for Honda, CR-V,
Endless Road.

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Harry Potter And The Order of Phoenix - Hogwarts School.
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V For Vendetta
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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire - Hogwarts School.
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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

CONTACT

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Magic Camera Company
Shepperton Studios

Shepperton
Middlesex
TW17 0QD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1932 592425

info@magiccameracompany.co.uk


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