Tips & Tricks for Creating Fantastic Beasts From the Artists of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Cartoon Brew | December 2, 2016 | Original Article

There are just under 1,500 visual effects in director David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, released to an enormous reception as a prequel to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter films.

So many of the beasts within this new film are complex cg characters ranging from the gold-stealing Niffler to the snake and bird-like Occamy, all of which are somehow magically stored inside the ‘Magizoologist’ Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) suitcase – until they escape.

In this behind the scenes look at the animation challenges presented by the beasts, Cartoon Brew talks to the overall vfx supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz, animation supervisor Pablo Grillo, and several of the effects studios responsible for some of the film’s central creatures.

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