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Stuart Craig Talks Potter Films; Work Aesthetic, Choices; and More in New Interview

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Posted by: Edward
February 18, 2011, 11:58 PM

Harry Potter film production designer Stuart Craig is the subject of a new, hour-long interview with ArtInsights Magazine. The interview with the three time Oscar nominee accompanies the release of exclusive Harry Potter related concept artwork by artist James Goodridge for sale on the gallery today.  In this interview, "Craig discusses his career, his aesthetic, the specific choices he used in the last 2 movies, and what he plans for his future."  The full audio of the interview can be watched via this link, while a complete transcript can be found right here.

The aforementioned Harry Potter concept art is also available for viewing on the ArtInsights website here.  James Goodridge, the artist of the art, "...has created art for most of the highest grossing films and tv shows of the last 15 years, including Harry Potter, and most recently Inglorious Basterds, True Blood, Tangled, Wall-E,  300, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Sucker Punch.  There are over 80 pieces of original art for sale.  Continues co-owner Combemale,  "The rarity of the opportunity to buy the art as a collector…we search all the time for art available for purchase.  Mostly it just isn't out there.  The difference is when an artist is well enough known that they can demand retention of the original art.  It's good to know the expansion of awareness of the art might be doing that for the artist," says ArtInsights co-owner Leslie Combemale.

A press release notes that the gallery will have the art on display as sales allow, or through the release of the last Harry Potter movie. 

Many thanks to ArtInsights!

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889 Points

Sounds like artwork I would be delighted to have but too expensive to buy.

Posted by molly43 on February 19, 2011, 01:51 AM report to moderator
3158 Points

Agree with @molly43. Those artworks are definitely nice!

Posted by potternotrotter on February 19, 2011, 03:18 AM report to moderator
42 Points

That last image, of Snape leaning on the owl pedestal, is amazing! Bring on DH2

Posted by Tuesday on February 19, 2011, 04:13 AM report to moderator
748 Points

Without the artworks, Harry Potter will not be as good as it is.

Posted by Gene *ROAR* on February 19, 2011, 05:44 AM report to moderator
33 Points

Great Interview, and I really want pretty much all those pieces of art!

Posted by emkaro on February 19, 2011, 06:59 AM report to moderator
217 Points

love the behind the scenes stuff, really shows how much work goes into each scene or concept, expensive to buy mind!

Posted by DavidTheUnready on February 19, 2011, 09:27 AM report to moderator
11773 Points

What amazing work! I agree with Tuesday about that Snape one. Also ‘Ds’ and ‘Vs’. sigh

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on February 19, 2011, 09:46 AM report to moderator
317 Points

Stuart Craig MUST get an academy award. He is the life and soul of the Harry Potter films. His work is what made them specific, all the beautiful, lovingly crafted items are what makes them special.

Posted by siena on February 19, 2011, 11:13 AM report to moderator
4215 Points

I too would like to see Stuart Craig to be recognised for his incredible contributions to Harry Potter.

Posted by Butterfly Boy on February 19, 2011, 11:24 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

That is beautiful art!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on February 19, 2011, 12:45 PM report to moderator
566 Points

A wonderful interview that provides insight to the creation of JKR’s world. What ever has been missed in the conversion from book to film it always looked great!

Posted by 2tal - SpiritMagic174 on February 19, 2011, 01:49 PM report to moderator
683 Points

I want him to get the Oscar!

Posted by HalfbloodPrince08 on February 19, 2011, 10:13 PM report to moderator
157 Points

It’s already been said, but the one with snape and the owl stand in so awesome!

Posted by PeverellForever on February 20, 2011, 11:50 AM report to moderator
1317 Points

The art work is truly magical and totally awesome!!! Too bad it will probably be totally out of my price range. SIGH!!!!!

Posted by hewy on February 20, 2011, 06:03 PM report to moderator
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