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Vanity Fair Profiles Stuart Craig's Oscar-Nominated Work in "Harry Potter"

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Posted by: Stephanie_J
February 18, 2012, 08:41 PM

As part of a series leading up to next Sunday's Academy Awards, Vanity Fair is "pulling back the curtain on awards season’s most visually enticing films, revealing exclusive details of the creative process of art directors, costume designers, makeup artists, cinematographers, and more." Their latest profile piece is on Stuart Craig, production designer for all eight "Harry Potter films," who is nominated alongside set decorator Stephenie McMillan for best art direction.

Craig discusses the evolution of Hogwarts' appearance throughout the films, filming on location versus building a set, and how he put together the Room of Requirement. Craig also notes that a backdrop had to be painted for the Diagon Alley set in preparation for the opening of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Ironically, in the aftermath of the films, some of the sets that were rendered in C.G.I. have had to be physically re-created. For instance, for the Warner Bros. studio tour in London, Craig says, “Diagon Alley had a green screen at both ends in the later films. On the studio tour, to see Diagon Alley with a green screen at the end is pretty disappointing, and so we have painted a backing in forced perspective, so that at least looking one way down the street, the illusion is complete.”
To read the complete piece, visit this page. Thank you to Joel and Valerie for owling with the news!

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I knew Weasley Wizard Wheezes was a realy set, you can tell by looking at it it had to be. Green screen can really be a tricky thing, you never know whats real and what isnt.

Posted by LunaLuver on February 21, 2012, 06:20 PM report to moderator
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Leaky missed Alan Rickman’s birthday yesterday! Lucky we remembered over in the Rabid Badger.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on February 22, 2012, 02:15 AM report to moderator
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Stuart Craig is a genius and deserves any and all awards that he gets!!! We will be watching.

Posted by hewy on February 26, 2012, 05:28 PM report to moderator
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They lost!

Posted by Won_Two on March 05, 2012, 03:37 PM report to moderator
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