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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to Film for 54 Weeks

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Posted by: sue
December 18, 2008, 11:35 AM

Harry Potter film producer David Heyman has given a new interview where he discusses the upcoming work to be done on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this article from the PA, David Heyman said: "We finished the sixth film which'll be coming out next summer and we start filming the seventh which we'll be breaking into two parts for a 54 week shoot starting in February."

The bulk of the article focuses on Mr. Heyman's reflections on the behavior of the trio over the years, speaking about a "no airs" no diva attitudes taken by Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. On the Harry Potter set we have a lot of crew from the first film," he explained at the premiere of his new movie Yes Man in LA. "You can't get away with anything there, you get joshed and played with. You can't have any airs or graces."

He continued: "You cast for the moment, you have no sense of how someone is going to survive or how they're going to develop. I've been very fortunate with the kids. There are so many cases of young kids being damaged by the experience or going off the rails and fortunately with Dan, Rupert and Emma that hasn't happened to them... yet!"

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42 Comments

Tom M

Thats quite a commitment!

First post??? Yay!

Posted by Tom M on December 18, 2008, 11:44 AM report to moderator
m.a boon

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

Posted by m.a boon on December 18, 2008, 11:57 AM report to moderator
derek

“that hasn’t happened to them… yet!” haha!!! ah… it probably will!

Posted by derek on December 18, 2008, 12:13 PM report to moderator
Mimblewimble

Wow. That’s a long shoot. Anyone know how long one average movie takes to shoot?

Posted by Mimblewimble on December 18, 2008, 12:23 PM report to moderator
Eeyore

Nice comments by Heyman, but the reporter got the start date wrong in saying they started filming in 1997. Ooops, that was 2000 with the first movie coming out in 2001.

But it has been nice to see that the kids are nice and normal and more intent on improving their acting skills than increasing their celeb status. I am so glad that JKR insisted on a British cast, because I don’t think any American kid could have lived with the fame of being Harry Potter without getting caught up in the insanity of Hollywood.

Posted by Eeyore on December 18, 2008, 12:28 PM report to moderator
brittany

w0w i feel bad for the cast thats like almost a year of non stop hp stuff.. even if you do love it it must get boring!

Posted by brittany on December 18, 2008, 12:30 PM report to moderator
ulyssesonline(dot)com

Wow can’t wait for the rest of the series at the movies!!

Posted by ulyssesonline(dot)com on December 18, 2008, 12:30 PM report to moderator
radcakesfan

usually 3-4 months. Obviously some people’s role won’t take as long. It’s already been mentioned that Alan Rickman will have time to do other things and he doesn’t start until the fall? whereas Helena Bonham Carter is supposed to start in the summer. It’s only Dan that will be there the whole time. If Emma can do the majority of her scenes in the 6 months before the fall session, Rupert will also have a lot of free time as Hermione should be in this more than the ron character.

Posted by radcakesfan on December 18, 2008, 12:32 PM report to moderator
Saturn

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Posted by Saturn on December 18, 2008, 12:33 PM report to moderator
Cat

I don’t think it will happen to them … regarding damage and outrageous behavior.
Dan, Emma and Rupert obviously have very strong and positive parental influences in their lives And with the continuity of adult influences (actors and crew) during the HP series… it has really given them a lot of stability and positive influence in their very formative years.
Can you imagine the growing up around, learning from, and being influenced by such incredible people like Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltran, Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Brannagh, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs et al? Good Grief there are actors that don’t have the incredible opportunity to work with half of these fantastic Thespians in an entire career!

Besides, Dan made a very good point in an interview sometime back … In the UK children are children first and actors second, unlike in the US where children are actors first and not given the opportunity to be children.

Posted by Cat on December 18, 2008, 12:46 PM report to moderator
torn

BORED…how could you be bored if you love what you do? Plus they get paid darn good to do it.
They all seem like real down to earth kids and that is good. I agree that if they would have casted anyone from young Hollywood it would have ended badly. Hopefully the final product of the 54 weeks will be great(keeping my fingers crossed!)

Posted by torn on December 18, 2008, 12:47 PM report to moderator
DeliaDee

Mimblewimble, it really depends on the budget. I’ve worked on a lot of independent films that generally take 6 weeks or so – and a couple that we blasted through in 3-4 – but the length goes up with the budget involved. Obviously, films Harry Potter that have so many effects are going to take much longer. Remember also that 54 weeks is not excessive considering it’s two films that they’re shooting. Sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend a year. :)

Posted by DeliaDee on December 18, 2008, 01:19 PM report to moderator
Mora

Then..13 months and 2 weeks!!wow the cast will be really busy(Dan especially).

Posted by Mora on December 18, 2008, 01:22 PM report to moderator
David

Wow! That a good chunk of time. However, they are filming two movies. It’s exciting. I can’t wait until we start getting more news bits from the set once they start filming.

Posted by David on December 18, 2008, 02:09 PM report to moderator
Zivlok

Thaaaaaaat’s…. a lotta weeks.

Posted by Zivlok on December 18, 2008, 02:10 PM report to moderator
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