By Mike Seymour
Newt Scamander, British Magizoologist, expelled from the British Wizarding school Hogwarts, arrives in New York and so begins Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Central to the film's success was plausible and yet fantastic creatures, "we made literally hundreds of designs and in the end there are about 15 main types of animals, many with variations - babies etc" Christian Manz told us. Manz and Tim Burke were the vfx supervisors.
The character work was roughly shared between the key facilities as follows:
- Erumpent, Niffer, Bowtruckle + Gnarlack (The goblin gangster): Framestore
- Thunderbird and the Obscurial: Double Negative (DNeg)
- Demiguise, Occamy, Billywig: MPC
- Graphorns, Swooping Evil: Image Engine
For the marvelous "Inside the case" sequence, Rodeo FX and Image Engine did a lot of work. But "some shots had up to five companies working on them " explained Manz.
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