We were approached to design and build all the scenic elements for the main stage and photo wall for the European Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in Leicester Square. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the ﬁrst in a new series of ﬁlms from J.K.Rowling and Warner Bros, all of which are prequels to the Harry Potter series. The movie sees Newt Scamander, the magizoologist whose travels to New York take a chaotic turn as a hoard of fantastic beasts escape his possession from a magical, vintage brown leather suitcase. With this in mind our design team set out to extract the prominent features from the movie to create a dramatic scenic backdrop to the premiere.
The catalyst for all activity in the film is Newt Scamander’s suitcase and this was to be the show stopping photo wall. After scaling the suitcase from scenes in the movie to produce accurate CAD drawings the key to the finished product was attention to detail. Emulating all the features to the 8mx2.5m scale of the suitcase including the stitching, handle, brown vintage leather, brass locks (including the muggle worthy lock) and the corner protecters, to bring the suitcase to life and what film premiere wouldn’t be complete without a giant 3D logo to hit all the headlines in the media coverage.
With the film being set in 1920’s New York, the architecture is very specific to the time period. There are recurring scenes in the film of the streets of New York being torn apart by the beasts with the city being left in rubble. We took all these elements and let our scenic artists loose on producing two 3mx3m broken wall structures with a rubble effect cascading over the stage and onto the ground of Leicester square. Matching the sand stone brick work colouring and incorporating various features such as wooden cart wheels and steel debris the main stage was transformed into the wreckage that we see in the film itself.