Remember the lurking, bobbing head of Falkor in The Neverending Story? Or the absolutely bonkers makeup of Lon Chaney Jr. in the old The Phantom of the Opera? Once upon a time, movie makers had to rely on their imaginations, camera tricks, and some good old-fashioned elbow grease to make movie magic.
Nowadays, they just use computers. Such is the case, unfortunately, for the majority of the otherwise very lovely Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Visual effects house Double Negative has released a pretty cool behind-the-scenes video revealing some of the tricks they used in making things like the niffler come to life. It’s been two years since Fantastic Beasts hit theaters, and the sequel is being worked on this very moment. Let your imagination wander thinking of how the studio will summon more wondrous creatures in the sequel.
In the studio’s defense, a great many of these effects are a mix of computers and practical stunts. There are tons of cars flipping over, for example. But, personally, my favorite is the guy pretending to be a hippogriff. I would be lying if I said I don’t plan on going home an acting like a hippogriff this evening. Perhaps I’ve found myself in the wrong line of work.
Enjoy Double Negative’s video here!
Feature Image Via Double Negative Studios