Look, I’m not the biggest Potterhead in the world, but if the film’s are on over Christmas and The Lord of the Rings isn’t a viable option, then yeah, I’ll probably have it on in the background.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen all the films, including the latest Wizarding World spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and you don’t need me to tell you that it was underwhelming.
There were a number of controversies in the run up to the film’s release (here’s looking at you, Captain Jack) yet you can’t really blame any of them on the fact that the sequel was essentially a filler of an installment where very little of the series’ overarching plot was furthered.
However, much of the Fantastic Beasts series is redeemable by it’s use of visual effects, or VFX if you want to get technical about it.
The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, managed to combine a compelling narrative with blow-your-Muggle-brains-out effects, and now, you can take a sneak peak behind the curtain to see how it was done, as YouTube channel Fame Focus has released an incredible video showing how the magic was created.
The nine minute video shows how VFX companies Imagine Engine, Rodeo FX and DNEG brought to life 1920’s New York, Newt’s various fantastic beasts and various magical sequences.
Check it out below:
Ahh, it sort of ruins the mystique doesn’t it?
Still, it’s impressive stuff.
In an interview with The Independent last year visual effects supervisor Pablo Grillo discussed how the film was brought to life using VFX:
“We were given a lot of creative freedom from the beginning, there was almost an alarming level of trust in us and the team. It was an open brief, essentially. David saw the value in bringing the animation team in from the start, to shape how these creatures were going to come together.
We were put in charge of overseeing how the animals were going to grow into real characters, and not just the flat images we drew them as. We went through months of creating situations and funny moments with David and the producers, before chiselling it down to the batch that made it into the final film.
From there we could start to formulate behaviour, or visual gags, and how we could build them into the big set pieces – little quirks actually informed the final script. It was an incredibly fulfilling process overall – mainly because of the challenges open to us.”
I feel a bit sorry for these guys.
They spend all this time and effort to make the films look spectacular only for the whole project to be letdown by a weak story.
I’m sure they’ll get it together for the next instalment.
Images via Warner Bros/YouTube