In addition to using matte paintings, special-photographic-effects artist Jack Cosgrove also relied on miniature models for creating the virtual reality of Gone With the Wind.
Cosgrove sweated the small stuff in these sequences:
- Ellen O’Hara’s Return to Tara: The long shot of the exterior of Tara at night with Mrs. O’Hara’s carriage rolling up the driveway was a composite shot. Tara and the carriage were miniatures; the sky, trees and landscaping were added through matte paintings.
- Scarlett’s View of the Burned Out Twelve Oaks: The ruined exterior of Twelve Oaks was built as a miniature, filmed and combined with full-size portions of the Wilkes’ plantation.
- Rhett and Scarlett’s Honeymoon Cruise: The long shot of the Mississippi riverboat steaming toward New Orleans with Rhett and Scarlett aboard combined a miniature boat printed on excess river footage from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a 1938 film produced by David O. Selznick.
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