Friday, January 28, 2005

New Set Report from GoF
This one is from Dark Horizons. Ok! Enough banter, on with what they had to say:

Set Preview: "Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire"
Posted: Friday January 28th, 2005 11:11pm
Location: Leavesden Studios, United Kingdom
Author: Garth Franklin
The "Harry Potter" franchise is now like a well-oiled machine. There may be different people steering the ship, but all the deckhands and important sailors are always there and know their work like the back of their hands. This is one of the most important film franchises in history and no studio or person involved wants to deliver a sub-standard product, rather they're driven to deliver a better job out of the gate everytime.
That looks like it's happening with this adaptation of the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels series. I got to visit Leavesden Studios in the UK back in October last year where "Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire" was in production and let me just say wow. I was there the year before on the "Azkaban" set which, when we were there, looked great and hinted at an impressive new direction for the series under the eye of Alfonso Cuaron.
However what I saw on "Goblet" simply floored me. "Azkaban" for all its magic is a dark and intimate little story. "Goblet" on the other hand is an action epic of a size that makes the last "Spider-Man" movie seem small. Concerns have been raised over the hiring of British Director Mike Newell to take on the big chair but from what I saw there he and the team have done an amazing job.
The Triwizard tournament tasks, the Death Eaters, the Dark Mark, the World Cup, the Yule Ball sequence, etc. All of these scenes have taken paths and looks I had not expected. Sequences in books rarely tend to live up to imagination on screen but this is one of the few times I think it's the other way around. Fans will go absolutely nuts over it all and even those who've never been fully into Potter - this will be the big crossover film. It's the biggest, boldest, most fun and epic yet.
In this fourth film, Harry attends the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys where festivities are marred by a dark violent incident which hints at more doom to come. Upoon returning to Hogwarts, excitement gorws about about a mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that will test its players to the limit. Along the way he has his first crush, find out more about his past and witness the rebirth of a terrifying enemy.
In coming months leading up to the film's November 18th release date, I'll be giving you a multi-part online set report complete with assorted cast and crew interviews talking about the production and what was involved to ready this movie for release. Along the way there'll be chats with the producer, the creature effects people, the costume designers, and three of the young cast who play competitors in the Triwizard tournament. Expect more, soon.

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