Behind the scene of The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

For Terry Gilliam's film, Mattes and Miniatures were asked to construct many miniatures of various scales and with specific requirements. Instead of climbing the stairs, Martin visits Mr. Nick’s Lounge Bar, a seedy tavern with a roof shaped like a giant bowler hat, which explodes. Mattes & Miniatures built the tavern walls out of plaster and vermiculite baked to remove all moisture. Modelmakers sculpted the hat-shaped roof out of polystyrene, molded and cast in two-part urethane foam with a smooth vinyl skin, then fitted the hat with an interior framework laced with detonator cord and positioned the structure on an elevated set.