Movie Magic was a really great nonfiction/documentary cable show in the 90s that gave actually useful insight into film special & visual effects, even though it was made for a general audience. I remember being a teenager and seeing the segment showing the multiple lighting passes of the photography of the Star Trek ship model and feeling the sensation of revelation as something clicked in my brain. Yeah so anyways, some of the episodes are on the ol’ youtubes, so check them out.
This episode on miniatures & models has a total booya quote:
“The great thing about shooting models as opposed to computer graphics is that you can get into a happy accident. A light can hit something a particular way, and you take advantage of that, and with computers you don’t necessarily do that, you have to plan for that accident.”
– Rob Legato, VFX Supervisor