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Stuart Craig Talks Creating the Cave for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Posted by: sue
June 27, 2009, 05:32 PM

The latest installment in the daily Hero Complex Blog from the LA Times to herald the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince features a new interview with production designer Stuart Craig.  The award winning designer who is responsible for the sets in the Harry Potter films and is currently overseeing the development and look of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, gave a new interview where he speaks to his designs for various things in HBP, notably the cave scene. Quotage:

Voldemort has hidden a Horcrux ... The construction of that cave, the design of that cave and entrance is on the ocean in a cliff face beside the ocean.  The most spectacular piece of coastline in these islands is in fact the Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland.

So having found the entrance, we thought 'What should the interior be?'  Well, stalactites and stalagmites.  Yeah, they're exciting and sort of interesting formations, but they're familiar. So we found some material about a cave in Mexico that has huge quartz crystals in it. So we began to look into crystal caves ... but [we] also discovered that near Frankfurt in Germany there's a cave with salt crystals in it, so we went off there and it was indeed amazing.  It was the cave where Hitler stored all the gold bullion and precious works of art taken from the European countries that he invaded. There were photographs of Eisenhower after the war entering this giant salt mine and discovering all this stuff. But, I'm rambling.

JP: No, no ... that's very cool.

SC: The Horcrux is hidden in a hollow in the middle of a lake in this cave, and it's vast.  Then came the question about how much do you build physically and how much would be computer-generated extensions.  We did go quite large, in two quite large chunks physically -- but again, there is a physical limitation governed by the stage that you're in.  But it is a massive digital construction.

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it must have been difficult.

Posted by The Nerd on June 27, 2009, 09:59 PM report to moderator
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I’ve always been a huge fan and quite the champion of Stuart Craig’s work. I love the man and what he’s given to Harry Potter.

Posted by KiwiMcI on June 28, 2009, 01:12 AM report to moderator
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That’s very Interesting!!! Great!!!

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first!

Posted by Great Uncle Algie on June 28, 2009, 05:43 AM report to moderator
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Neat! second!

Posted by The Nerd on June 28, 2009, 05:49 AM report to moderator
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wow that’s so cool :D its gonna make me enjoy the cave scene so much more!

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on June 28, 2009, 05:50 AM report to moderator
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Interesting interview…

Posted by Won_Two on June 28, 2009, 09:36 AM report to moderator
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sounds intense!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 28, 2009, 09:38 AM report to moderator
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Sounds wicked cool! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 28, 2009, 09:40 AM report to moderator
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Cant wait to see!

Posted by Lloyd on June 28, 2009, 09:52 AM report to moderator
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wow. I’m not sure about the cave scene feel. I’m sure it will be an amazing action scene dont get me wrong. And aparentley Steve Kloves pretty much copied the book word-for-word. But in the trailers everything looks like its been digitally turned blue. Harry and Dumbledore are blue! pure blue! but when the fire comes it turns colourful. BAH! shut up Harry! it’s going to be amazing. Love Stuart Craig!

Posted by HarryRichardsPotter on June 28, 2009, 10:32 AM report to moderator
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Awesome! Stuart Craig is bloody Brilliant! He always does such an amazing job with the art direction on the HP films. I think he’s been nominated for an Oscar like twice for his work on the HP films…he’s just so good. And I can’t believe that whole cave is Digital! it’s amazing! And his design of the orphanage is perfect too. It’s got just the right mixture of mystery and Gloom. I love it! I can’t wait for HBP!!! Only 18 Days left!!

Posted by cghambright on June 28, 2009, 11:54 AM report to moderator
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So many great articles

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on June 28, 2009, 02:12 PM report to moderator
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Sounds amazing!

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on June 28, 2009, 02:31 PM report to moderator
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Hmmm…sounds interesting….

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on June 28, 2009, 03:58 PM report to moderator
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