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Beauty and the Beast

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Bill Condon

Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos

Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

Art Director: James Foster

Concept Art: Dan May

 

 

Painting Practice was recently given the opportunity to support Production Designer Sarah Greenwood on Beauty and the Beast, a live-action version of the beloved animation classic released 26 years ago. The film, which is full of grandiose visuals and complex 3D work, stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

 

Dan May was tasked to help visualise the Castle for the Art Department so that they could present working models to the Director, Disney and the VFX houses who had been commissioned to realise the final version of the matte work. Dan worked alongside James Foster, the Senior Art director on the film, to ensure that the final CG version of the castle connected seamlessly with the film’s interior set designs.

 

As an added challenge the castle had to adhere to the rules of French Architecture for the Period, whilst retaining fantasy elements that would not compromise the overall believability of the building.

 

To learn more about the influences that inspired the design of the castle, check out this article:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/beauty-beast-new-castles-hidden-nod-walt-disney-987062

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The Beast's Castle Concept
The Beast's Castle Concept
The Beast's Castle Concept
The Beast's Castle Winter Concept
The Beast's Castle Winter Concept
The Beast's Castle Winter Concept
Close-Up Castle Concept
Close-Up Castle Concept
Close-Up Castle Concept
Interior Ceiling 3D
Interior Ceiling 3D
Interior Ceiling 3D
Castle Concept
Castle Concept
Castle Concept
Previz Castle
Previz Castle
Previz Castle

James Foster (Senior Art Dir on Beauty and the Beast) suggested we get Dan in to help us with our massive and detailed build of the Beasts Castle. It was an amazing collaboration, both creatively and technically. 

Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer, Beauty and the Beast

What Dan brought to the final ideas and design was transformative. It moved our vision forward in a clear and credible way and proved to be a fantastically strong guide for the VFX houses in post. It was all in there, buried in that massive model, and Dan survived Rococo boot camp!!"

Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer, Beauty and the Beast
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