CG Society | January 26, 2017 | Original Article
As the title suggests, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is all about outlandish creatures—which made it a perfect project for Image Engine and its established creature pipeline. The team worked to bring four mythical beasts to life for this new instalment in the Harry Potter universe, along with generating a variety of other vivid visual effects.
Eagerly anticipated since the Harry Potter film saga concluded in 2011, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revives the famed franchise with a fresh new take.
Set in 1920s New York, Fantastic Beasts stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a British wizard on a mission to bring a large beast back to its natural habitat; a beast carried comfortably within Newt’s deceptively ordinary-looking suitcase (along with dozens more).
These imaginative beasts truly steal the show. Whether large or small, JK Rowling’s creatures play a significant role in the expansive adventure. Thanks to incredibly complex visual effects, they’re just as tangible on screen as the human characters they interact with. Image Engine played a pivotal role in translating this bestiary from printed page to big screen, taking creatures like the Graphorns and Swooping Evil from Rowling’s words and turning them into lifelike digital beings.