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.
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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.
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!!"