|Harry Potter Tour|
|Hogwarts dining hall|
You can wander through Diagon Alley too. Whoever designed and dressed these sets clearly had huge fun. The visual style of the film is a sort of nostalgic trip back to the 1950s - but with added magic. It is a world that is old-fashioned and new-fangled all at the same time, both familiar and unfamiliar.
The displays are genuinely revealing about how the movies were made. At Bucks we tend to focus on digital effects, but it is very clear that the special effects team on the series did an impressive job, and plenty of old-school non-digital physical effects used on set long before digital artists got started.
Below you can see one of the goblin masks, used to create the goblins at Gringotts bank. The actors had the latex head masks painstaking attached to their faces in an hours-long makeup process that made the mask a living part of the actors own faces.
|Robbie Coltrane's head. In latex.|
Dragon heads peer down at you from the ceilings, and you realise how much work went into the creation of so many different monsters and creatures. Most impressive of all is the scale model of Hogwarts, created by the model department at Cinesite (though none of the companies which worked on the films get a credit).
|Scale model of Hogwarts|
I can't think of a better way to introduce students of animation to the world in visual effects in film.
To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we arehelping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes.