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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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Posted by Matea on June 28, 2009, 11:27 PM report to moderator
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sounds incredible!!

Posted by KC Nox on June 29, 2009, 01:15 AM report to moderator
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Waw! that sounds amazing!

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on June 29, 2009, 05:53 AM report to moderator
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cant WAIT for the 15th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sounds very cool and expensive.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on June 29, 2009, 02:17 PM report to moderator
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This would be hard to pull off, Good Job!

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on June 30, 2009, 02:06 AM report to moderator
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wait the cliffs of moher?

Posted by Celtise [TTW] on June 30, 2009, 09:36 AM report to moderator
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I am convinced that Stuart Craig is one of the finest set designers of our time; his contributions to the Harry Potter films have been without precedent! That said, I am fascinated by his comments about the crystal caves that Hitler exploited and which he used in the film. Those two did share a lot in common, I suppose.

Posted by Kirk on June 30, 2009, 02:18 PM report to moderator
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