Designing and Building Fantasy
October 26, 2012 3 Comments
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London provides a behind the scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter films and gives a detailed look at the design and fabrication process for the sets, props and costumes used in the movies. Like with all design, the process is the same.
The sets are conceived of and designed in the traditional way we are all familiar with as designers. Concepts are developed, architectural drawings are made and models are built before construction begins.
Paper models helped the film makers and production designer understand what needed to be physically built and what could be added in digitally. Plywood, plaster and scaffolding make up the majority of the set material.
Meticulous detail went into each set and color was used to identify characters and Houses within the school of Hogwarts. Some items were made and others were purchased at flea markets and auctions and then altered to fit into their fantasy settings.
Large scale props were constructed and some made to function using animatronics technology.
In addition to the concept, design and architectural phase, an extensive graphics package was created that included store signage, product packaging, bottle labels and book jackets, all created to make this magical world as convincing as possible.