Tilt-shift photography is awesome. I don't know quite how it works to take life-size scenes and make them look as if they're the world's most detailed miniatures--it just does. I just came across a terrific example of tilt-shift video. In some places you can tell it's live action because of people's movement (long shots work better), but in many places you'll find yourself thinking, "That can't be real."
Maybe I'm just excited by this because I'll be there in 29 days, in the flesh--and in actual size.