Snow White and the Huntsman was pretty terrible. There are few highlights. OK, maybe two highlights. Some of the visuals were pretty cool and the dwarves were impressive. But how did they make those dwarves?
Well, Nick Frost talked to Den of Geek and gave away the secret. Like the movie, they seemed to try to do it Lord of the Rings style. Frost says they used a lot of different techniques to put it together. The actors who played the dwarves, which included big names like Ian McShane and Nick Frost, had shorter body doubles.
The doubles weren’t dwarves either, they were just very short people. So the group had to go to learn how to walk like dwarves. In the wide shots, the shorter actors were in the shot. In close scenes it was the big actors.
As for when they were standing next to the likes of Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth? Frost explains:
But they also did a lot of in-camera stuff, which I really liked. Kristen and Chris Hemsworth were on plinths, and we were in holes in the set, and they’d build each set with a little runner down the middle, so we could get in there. They had a few giants as well, on set, so I think Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones fought a giant, and because of the scale, obviously, it worked perfectly.
So there you have it: camera tricks and short people. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a dab of CG somewhere in there. Just because, well, if you actually watch the movie you can see there’s some CG assists in some scenes.
But really, this isn’t enough to go see the movie. If you really want to see it, wait for DVD or when it hits Starz or HBO. [Den of Geek]