With over 100 years of movie making, the demands of film directors and Production have soared and with that, film sets.
It feels as though movies are just getting bigger and bigger and I don’t just mean the size of the Box Office takings in week 1 of a new blockbuster release! I’m also referring to other HUGE statistics which seem to just blow our minds away like the gargantuan film sets being built to how much cash is being spent to build these epic sets.
We should look at then, the impressive film sets definitely worthy of mentioning, dating back as far into Hollywood as the early eras of the 20th Century. Set designers were hired to now create more impressive and detailed backdrops to early films as their budget and vision grew!
The production and design implementation of these sets is more sophisticated and impressive than ever, each year a new movie out-does the budget and size of the benchmark set only the year previous.
Whether it’s designing and building a “New York City” in 2050, creating detailed ancient ruins and iconic landmarks or building exact replicas of scenes from real life non-fiction; it can take many hundred designers and artists months (commonly, years) of hard work and craftsmanship to have these sets planned and constructed.
Working almost round-the-clock sometimes, engineers often will be communicating over two way radios due to the sheer size and density of the sets.
We’re going to condense the top largest and most expensive film sets ever down to 10. To begin, let’s take a look firstly as some of where it all started back in the early-mid 20th Century.