Special UV makeup was utilized to capture facial expressions when the characters transformed into Harry. Nearly 30 cameras were used to catch the performers' reactions from different angles, and the special effects team was able to merge them all together to create a seamless appearance.
See what I mean about geeky stuff being cool again? This was one of those scenes that made me wonder how they done it!
Kong (King Kong) When I see vintage movies with special and visual effects, I am constantly astounded by the outcomes that the filmmakers were able to produce. It must have been exhilarating to create never-before-seen effects methods. I'm often captivated and can't figure out what method is being employed. However, after watching this movie, I now know how they accomplished some of their feats. Have a look!
In the film, an expedition team travels to New York City to retrieve a giant ape from the island's jungle. During their stay, the apes grow restless and begin attacking people. To escape the violence, some of the humans take refuge inside a theater where the main event is being filmed for television. The camera operators need something big to show on screen so they program the computer to make whatever is behind them bigger than anything else in the frame. This allows them to keep filming even though there's no one in front of the lens.
Here's another example: When the giant ape escapes, he goes straight for the nearest tall building, intent on bringing it down on top of everyone inside the theater. To accomplish this, the filmmakers use a technique called "scale modeling." They build a miniature version of the building in wax or clay and then shoot it with cameras to recreate what would happen if the actual building was attacked by a giant ape.
Finally, here's how they made Kong himself larger than life: They used supermodels!
In the background Colin's camera in the Harry Potter movie is an Argus C3 Matchmatic, a kind of camera that was manufactured from 1939 to 1966 and helped popularize the 35mm format. The one used in the film is probably worth about $150,000 today.
Colin Coward is a professional photographer who has been taking photographs since 1977. He started out working for The National Wildlife Federation as a photojournalist before moving on to work for various other organizations including Greenpeace and The Humane Society of the United States. In 2000, he founded his own company, CC Images, which provides wildlife photography for media companies and others around the world.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) was the first Harry Potter movie released in Britain. It was also the first film to be released in 3D. The movie used approximately 250,000 watts of energy during its production.
The special effects in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were done by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). They have gone on to do many other movies with magic spells and creatures. This movie introduced us to Peter Jackson, who would go on to direct The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong (2005).
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) was the second movie in the series.
And if there isn't enough time or money to integrate these sequences (for example, since the film is already too long), they won't be in the movies. As a result, all of these moments are missing from the films, which is a bummer. Basically, Harry Potter is just too intricate to fit into a single film.
There were rumors that when Warner Bros. decided to make five Harry Potter films instead of the originally planned four, they also decided not to include any scenes where Harry uses magic outside of the school environment. The studio apparently felt like it could cover such ground in less time, so they deleted some scenes from the books before turning them into movies.
One scene that was cut from the first movie is when Harry meets with several other famous wizards who explain to him how they used their magic to try and stop Voldemort's spirit from entering an infant body at his birth. This scene takes up a lot of time but also gives us more insight into why these particular wizards chose Harry as their new champion.
Another scene that didn't make it into the first movie is when Harry stops Rubeus Hagrid from beating up a Muggle (non-magical person) student. In this scene, we learn that Hagrid is actually a half-giant and that he had previously been enslaved by Voldemort. When released from slavery, Hagrid joined the Hogwarts faculty and now guards the castle grounds at night.