It was no mean feat of the Fantastic Beasts crew – led by award-winning production designer Stuart Craig – to recreate 1920s New York locations in the backlot of Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden.
The New York backlot set included part of Times Square’s iconic theatre district, complete with flashing commercial signs. ‘Today they are LEDs, but back then they were old-fashioned tungsten light bulbs, hundreds and thousands of light bulbs and that is what we have tried to recreate,’ says Craig.
Once filming had wrapped, the film’s graphic artists, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, spent two and a half months working, in conjunction with the VFX team, on the graphics for the sequence and delivering signage, theatre exteriors, advertising hoardings and posters, including cast lists, orchestra names, and even quotes from critics and reviews.
Enjoy more amazing artwork and learn more behind-the-scenes facts in The Case of Beasts, by Mark Salisbury and published by Harper Collins.