Academy Awards Nominee for Art Direction & Visual Effects (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows--Part 1)

  Just about a couple of days left for the Oscars to happen; Sunday, 27th February, 2011. The red carpets will roll and the glitterati of the tinsel town will gather to see who would be the lucky ones to take home the knight and millions of cinelovers will tune in to watch the World’s most glamorous ceremony.
Like most years, a Harry Potter film has been nominated for Art Direction and Visual Effects. It certainly goes without saying that Harry Potter films are known for the special effects and production designing. But mind you, not all Harry Potter films have been nominated for the highest honor in the World of movie making.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I has received two nominations this year; Art Direction and visual effects.
Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan have been the brains behind the Production Designing and Set Decoration of the film respectively. The two earlier films, Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 and Goblet of Fire in 2005 had been nominated for Art Direction and it’s once again nomination time for the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

For those who have been following the Harry Potter series, it would not be necessary to explain why the film has been nominated for this category. But those who haven’t, here’s a short note…The film had fantastic sets and so far as the idea of visually communicating with the audience and psychologically appealing to the target audience is concerned, Deathly Hallows part 1, has been hugely successful.
Coming to the next category of Visual Effects; it’s going to be a tough competition with Inception which too had mind blowing special effects. Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi, all responsible for the innovative and superb visual effects that have helped to narrate the tale well.
Tim Burke and John Richardson have been previously nominated for the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004. For Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi, this is the first nomination. So, go guys…all the best.
Lots of hard work has gone behind putting these special effects in place. The first in the film was the creation of the seven Potters. The characters that were to turn to Harry were of various shapes and sizes and were even girls. So, it did make a great scene when all of those either shrunk or slimmed down to become a Harry Potter and there were seven of them, all in one frame…great!!

( The Seven Potters)

The first couple of scenes where Voldemort kills Charity Burbage and offers her dead body to ‘Nagini’ the snake. It slithers on the table and reaches for its dinner. Awesome effect so far as Nagini’s killer looks is concerned. The other scene where ‘Nagini’ is shown in a terrific way was in Godric’s Hollow, where Bathilda Bagshot speaks parsel tongue and turns to Nagini.

The best part of the film was the ‘Tale of the three Brothers’ animated sequence. Hand cut paper silhouettes were created by Maya 3D animation software, the texture artists gave a realistic image to the 3D shots and the entire thing was shot in Nuke (Compositor)
With so much of effort gone behind making such fantastic shots, one can only hope and pray that the people behind these gets the award….only time will say.

(The Tale of Three Brothers)