Emilio Ruiz del Rio – Set decorator

Before falling in the digital land, SFX artists developed lots of different techniques to create amazing environments for films. We already spoke about the glass painting, which was about painting the missing environment on a glass that we put between the camera and the set. But sometimes, we had to create more than just a painting, and we used miniatures. Emilio Ruiz del Rio is one of the most famous miniatures maker. Let’s have a look inside his world.

Emilio Ruiz del Rio was a Spanish film set decorator and special effects and visual effects artist.
His filmography includes work on over 450 films from studios in Europe and the United States like Conan the Barbarian, Spartacus, Mr Arkadin ou Pan’s Labyrinth. You’ll see his Filmography here : IMDB

It’s really impressive to see how del Rio touched to all the different styles, from the Fantasy to the Sci-Fi. His career is incredible and I have a lot of respect for his contribution to the Environment techniques. Few weeks ago, a lot of people shared this article on Facebook :

These Are Not Real Cars, Just a Mind-Bending Optical Illusion

Everyone seemed to discover the use of miniatures in front of real set, but if you think about it, that’s exactly what Emilio Ruiz del Rio used to do on a much bigger scale, years ago ! Here are some photos of his work.

Don’t forget Emilio Ruiz del Rio, a great artist !

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