Before of electronic virtual worlds, before Second Life builders amaze the world with the most varied buildings from high-tech to fantasy, to realize virtual locations, perhaps to a fantastic film as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it was necessary to resort to an ancient art, that of miniaturism.
The miniaturists over the centuries, but especially in recent decades, thanks to the advent of new materials that have first joined and then largely replaced the classic ones (wood, paper, lead), were able to reconstruct the seas, mountains, cities, rural scenes, famous battles and scenes of domestic life, and despite the advent of technologies such as CGI animation (which we discussed in connection with The Lego Movie) it is likely that for many decades their contribution will remain fundamental both for the movie industry both in terms of craftsmanship and artistic.
In the particular case of the successful Harry Potter saga, the Hogwarts Castle was created in the Warner Bros Studio Tour, at Leavesden (Watford, Great Britain) by a team of over 86 artists and technicians led by model supervisor Jose Granell, managing director of The Magic Camera Company and head of visual effects also for other films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, V for Vendetta, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
This model, which you can see in the pictures readily available on the web (for instance in the miniature board of Art Beat on Pinterest), is really impressive, as measured 15.24 meters (50 feet) in diameter and more than 3 meters high, in addition to encompass more than 2,500 lights in optical fiber.
Among other things, the model used for aerial shots and then scanned into digital format to create scenes in CGI animation, can still be visited as in March 2012 Time Warner decided to invest over £ 100 million to renovate the studios and to preserve models, costumes and props made over 10 years for the eight films in the series, using the whole,which is constantly updated, as a part of the guided tour of the studios themselves.
For the Christmas season 2014, for example, the Hogwarts Castle was again snowy. If you want to make you more aware of what creativity of Jose Granell and his team has been able to achieve, check out the video below and continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it to discover new spells of virtual worlds, on our site or trough or account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is even on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it and on Paper.li).