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New Daniel Radcliffe promos as Harry from Deathly Hallows: Part I in France's Premiere; set report interviews
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Written by Red   
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:13

Premiere Fr. took a tour of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set, the report and subsequent interviews from which were released in the latest issue, along with new promotional images of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry. Those photos can be found, via Premiere and UHP, in the gallery.

Also, several set reports from Deathly Hallows were released this week, including full interviews with Dan. Those can be found here and here.

Could you talk a bit about the Seven Potters scene?
Dan Radcliffe: Absolutely. That was originally one of the most daunting scenes to do because it was a highly technical visual effects scene. A lot of it’s more just painstakingly slow than it is complex. There was one shot that was 95 takes because it was … yes, you may well recoil. Basically, if I’m here in the scene as the real Harry, then we filmed say, seven or eight takes of me playing the scene as me and the keep the camera – it’s a motion controlled camera so it’s controlled by a computer so it can create exactly the same move at exactly the same time, every time.

And so, I stand there, we do the take just me standing there, and then the camera continues its move, which is panning ‘round. At this point it’s panning around on empty space. Then we do the next take and the camera does the same move but instead I’m standing here, pretending to be Fleur or whoever starting to take the drink [polyjuice potion] and transform and the camera pans around us all. So basically we filmed it each time in seven different places. That was a bit of a half-baked explanation but it got the point across. That was how it was done, but at the end of the day we were then shown the very primitive version of what it was going to look like eventually.

After 95 takes, you’re crawling up the walls anyway. It was the most gratifying thing to see how good it looked because it really does look great. Because you know how normally in films if there’s a scene with one person playing two people you’re aware that the screen’s been split. They’re always like this far apart. But in this scene it’s great because everyone’s overlapping and it’s all arms and hands. It should be really effective. It did take a long time to get right because if I stood one inch too far to my left I was, in fact, standing on the feet of the ‘me’ that was then going to be visual-effects-ed in later. It was a tricky thing to do, but ultimately very, very gratifying. And fun to be able to do impersonations.

There was no middle ground. They were either were almost so subtle you will have no idea which character it’s supposed to be or so caricatured and exaggerated that you can be of absolutely no doubt which character I play. It’ll be very obvious which one’s Mundungus.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:21