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BeWitching the Dead in Half-Blood Prince: LA Times Talks Creating the Inferi

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Posted by: sue
June 18, 2009, 03:01 PM

The LA Times Hero Complex blog has been updated today with a new article on bewitching the dead or creating the Inferi for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. In a new interview with Tim Alexander, special effects mastermind from ILM, we learn that it took "several months to complete the approximately seven-minute scene, from rendering millions of Inferi to whipping up Dumbledore's flame tornado.(best for combating meddling dead folks.)" Noting that he believes the scene will scare little children, we learn more about the process used to create these horrible creatures used to do Voldemorts bidding in the cave scene. Please note the article has a slight spoiler regarding Harry during the scene.

Tell me about how the Inferi look. How did the design come about? 
The art department on the film gave us a lot of references, like Dante’s "Inferno," where they have all those bodies. The Inferi themselves are very skinny and emaciated people. Very humanoid, but way skinnier than humans could be. Waterlogged and gray. We used the old lady that comes out of the tub in ‘The Shining’ as a reference. Most of the Inferi are adult, but we did also build two children, too.

That sounds … disturbing. Certainly, more so than the previous “Potter” films.
It’s certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they’d ever go in a "Potter" movie. Director David Yates was really cautious of not making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement – they don’t move fast, but they don’t move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very realistic style. They move like anyone coming up out of water.

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222 Points

O my gosh!!! I can NOT wait for this movie…………..but i have to that sounds uber creepy in a good way!!!

Posted by ROAR! lilyjames on June 18, 2009, 03:13 PM report to moderator
1536 Points

Millions of Inferi? That sounds like a bit much.

Posted by Ramona on June 18, 2009, 03:47 PM report to moderator
2926 Points

Seriously, this sounds awesome. Can’t wait till july 15th!

Posted by Niphai on June 18, 2009, 03:51 PM report to moderator
233 Points

cant bloody wait!

Posted by Sammysaint on June 18, 2009, 03:57 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

gosh!! sounds kinda scary… AWESUM!!!

502 Points

OOOOO very creepy…I wonder how this possibly managed to be PG. I guess only the movie will tell [:

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on June 18, 2009, 04:36 PM report to moderator
4603 Points

what a process

Posted by placebowiz on June 18, 2009, 04:48 PM report to moderator
865 Points

All I can say is that I’m excited to see how everything turns out. I hope they did a great job with the inferi because Jo did a great job of creeping me out in the book!

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on June 18, 2009, 06:44 PM report to moderator
2027 Points

i dont exactly know what i imagined inferi to be, but its not how they made it in the movie (from the bits of film we’ve seen through traliers and stuff). idk but it still looks really good

Posted by sunlitdays (ROAR) on June 18, 2009, 07:00 PM report to moderator
1749 Points

the link isn’t working for me…but it sounds good! I didn’t see any spoiler, though…I wonder what they were talking about?


Posted by Rin68nyr on June 18, 2009, 07:33 PM report to moderator
460 Points

i can’t wait to see them come alive in the movie!

Posted by kingdom on June 18, 2009, 08:58 PM report to moderator
460 Points

can’t wait!!!

Posted by kingdom on June 18, 2009, 08:59 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

Millions does sound like a huge number.

Posted by Garden State Geek on June 18, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

well, they do look very scary from the trailers, that’s for sure!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 18, 2009, 10:56 PM report to moderator
3238 Points

Cool!! Can’t Wait to see it!!

Posted by phoenixes are in ravenclaw on June 19, 2009, 03:04 AM report to moderator
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