Sometimes old tricks are just better than new technology. Case and point the visual effects wizards who worked on the worn futuristic version of Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2049, in a new featurette we see how filmmakers relied on detailed miniature sets and buildings instead of just building it all in CG.
In this short, Weta Workshop gives us a look inside its model shops. Their work is incredibly detailed, and when filmed with the right camera angle, lens, frame speed, and lighting, it can actually look more realistic than any cutting-edge CG. The creators still use 3D modeling software to design the scale-model cities, but they are all built, painted and weathered by a group of talented artists.