In 2017 “The Beauty And The Beast” is one of the most waiting films. Disney’s live-action remake of one of their most treasured animations, Beauty and the Beast, must have been a formidable challenge for the filmmakers as they had to decide how to re-imagine iconic characters, scenes, songs and locations from the 1991 Oscar-winning movie.
1. The most difficult object to design, according to director Bill Condon, was Mrs. Potts. Although the animated version of the character has a spout for a nose, Condon told the Hollywood Reporter that when they tried that for the live-action version, she ended up looking ‘like a pig.’
2. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran tested various shades of yellow on camera before choosing the final color for Belle’s ball dress. The dress took 180 feet of satin organza, 3000 feet of thread, over 2000 Swarovski crystals and more than 12000 hours hard work in order to make the dress.
3. The household objects like Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts were brought to life using a time-consuming mix of computer-generated effects in post-production and reliable models during on-set filming.
4. For Lumiere, the filmmakers wanted to incorporate actor Ewan McGregor’s personality into the singing candelabra. They used performance capture technology to film McGregor moving and dancing how he thought Lumiere would.
5. Before filming began, McGregor and the other actors who played the enchanted characters recorded their dialogue so that it could be used as a guide for the cast and crew during the actual shoot.
6. The physical performance capture part involved Stevens acting alongside fellow cast members on working sets, which was anything but easy as he had to wear 10-inch metal stilts as well as a prosthetics muscle suit that weighed 18 kg and a grey Lycra bodysuit covered in visual effects markers.