Tuesday, December 13, 2016

More on the visuals in Fantastic Beasts - WIRED BTS video

"The Art of the Film" features six different concepts that were almost used. One had the case
opening up like an accordion binder, stretching so that people can climb into it. Another gave
the case teeth like a bear trap, to be used to keep the animals from escaping.

"Newt loves animals so much he's gone through great trouble of creating these worlds, but 
he doesn't see his career as that. He's just pleased the animals are happy." - Inside the Magic

The Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, finds Eddie Redmayne
performing a mating ritual in front of a massive computer-generated beast. Using a
combination of puppets and CGI, a slew of effects houses were able to craft convincing
monsters to populate J.K. Rowling's imaginative world.

The Erumpent, which Jacob and Newt have to capture in Central Park, was one of the trickiest
animals to design. Some of the early concept art looks like everything from a warthog to a 
triceratops. The oddest version, though, was a sort of giant seal. It stood on four legs, but it had 
a huge, thick neck that made it look like it was standing upright. And it had a big ivory-looking 
tusk pointing up from the middle of its face, like a unicorn. "They did not pass the audition," 
Dermot Power wrote in "The Art of the Film." "It happens."

HarperCollins published three books that go behind the scenes of how the movie was made, and they're chock full of interesting details. They include "The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by Mark Salisbury, "Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them " by Ian Nathan, and "The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by Dermot Power, who was one of the movie's conceptual artists.

Interacting with CGI creatures

my screenshots from the video

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