The Making of the Magic Flute

By April 6, 2010Art

The Magic Flute was completely created in a studio. Surprising, but true – many of these backgrounds within the movie were done by CGI technology with the filming done on a virtual site, better known as green screens. Although the only way to grasp the concepts for all the back drops was to take photos of the actual town. So Sullivan traveled to Salzburg to take unique photos of the town to capture everything that would be needed for the film. With these photos, Sullivan was able to recreate the world of Mozart. So once these photos were interlaced, the actors were filmed in front of green screens/in a virtual environment, therefore all animated designs were included in post-production. Now you may think it is difficult for an actor to play a role in front of nothing, but this only to show how well at actor can really act. As you consider, the actors have to double think and make sure they visually see what is surrounding them in order to act well.

Yet, this technology has so much room for creatively that there is abundance of reconstruction you can do to create an amazing set for the actors to work with. So why wouldn’t an actor want to act in front of a green screen? Well for the most part, many movies these days are created entirely in front of green screen. There are many reasons why, first is technology. There is so much creative freedom that any designer/actor would rather work with creating something from scrap than actually building it on set. Also, it’s incredibly cheaper to use this technology on many levels. You have all the actors in one studio, not having the issue to arrange different locations/permits and so on. Over all the actors have to step out of their comfort zone to train and make a perfect performance.

There are many obstacles for actors to go around in order performing brilliantly, but at the same time it’s a great way to use your imagination. As for the design set of the Magic Flute, it was created by a production designer named Benno Tutter. He has work on many other award winning films, such as Away from Her, and The Border. His task for the Magic Flute was recreating the 18th century Salzburg and bringing it to life. This was no easy task for Tutter, but he managed to keep the 18th century look, true to its character. So due to this amount of technology Sullivan was able to bring life and a sensational story to the stage.


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