Narrator: What makes”Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” so,
well, scary are the monsters.
The disfigured Jangly Man and the bulbous Pale Lady
look as if they’ve been simply lifted from the’80s children’s books and dropped onto the big screen.
But getting those creatures from 2D to 3D was no simple feat.
To do it, producer Guillermo del Toro
为了实现这个目的 制片人Guillermo del Toro
and director André Øvredal enlisted the help of Spectral Motion.
和导演Andre Ovredal找到了制作公司Spectral Motion
Through a process of sculpting, painting,
and careful scrutiny of the original images,
here’s how the monsters for”Scary Stories” came alive.
This is Mike Elizalde, president and creative director of Spectral Motion.
这位是Mike Elizalde 特效制作公司的总裁兼创意总监
You’ve seen their work.
Mike Elizalde: The film that we’re known for is”Hellboy.”
Since then, we’ve done several other high-profile films,
including”X-Men,””Fantastic Four,””Attack the Block.”
We worked on the first season of”Stranger Things.” Narrator:
For” Scary Stories to Tell in
the Dark,” del Toro picked Spectral Motion
del Toro选中了Spectral Motion这家特效制作公司
to bring the book’s iconic images to life. Now,
usually, when creating characters
from an existing source, like in the case of”Hellboy,”
his team would have hundreds of illustrations
to inform their designs.
But for”Scary Stories,” in most cases,
they had only one illustration by artist Stephen Gammell. So,
to start, Spectral enlisted special-effects designers
所以 一开始 制作公司请来特效设计师
Mike Hill and Norman Cabrera to help bring the monsters to life.
Mike Hill和Norman Cabrera帮助他们把怪物“复活”
Mark Viniello: He was very vocal about, you know,
the art direction, and we would constantly send him updates.
But what I recall is the first edict was
they have to be as true to the source material as possible. Like,
that’s bottom line.
They have to be a representation of that original art. So,
we had the pictures everywhere as a constant reminder
to everybody, like, this is what we’re going for.
Norman Cabrera: You have one picture per story,
but they were just such great, strong, iconic single images
that it was just really important to capture that feel. Narrator:
One of the first things they had to decide was what type of creature
they were going to make
Instead of making puppets,
Spectral Motion wanted each one to be a performer,
which dictated how they would create the character. Cabrera:
We would literally take the drawing,
the Stephen Gammell drawing, and in Photoshop, like,
lay it over to make sure that all the lines
are right where they should be and that sort of thing. Narrator:
But these characters are gonna be in 3D.
In the case of the Scarecrow design,
Norman created a digital art version in this program, ZBrush, to start designing the angles
not captured in the illustration.
But the most important thing was to nail the front shot.
Once they got approval from del Toro and Øvredal,
they finished a more detailed sculpt, made a mold,
and filled it with foam latex.
The pieces are designed to fit specific actors.
In some instances, the actor’s physicality directly informs
the look and feel of the character they were playing.
The Toeless Corpse, for example, was played by Javier Botet,
who’s worked with del Toro on”Crimson Peak” and”Mama.” Viniello:
Javier Botet is an incredible creature-suit performer.
He has very unique physical characteristics
that we were able to, starting with that as our foundation,
really helped in the translation from a 2D drawing into something 3D. Narrator:
Another creature actor, Troy James,
who played the Jangly Man, brought a new level
of physicality that required more attention because of the amount
of bending and twisting the character had to do. Viniello:
We had some new ground to break,
as far as having him come in maybe a little more frequently
than we normally would for a creature suit
because of the unique physicalities of the character and how we had to work around that. So,
it’s just a matter of having the actors available
to come in repeatedly.
And we’ll put him in the suit and we’ll take video.
We’ll see, OK, this is working, this isn’t.
We’ve got to address this. Narrator:
I want to point out
that these moves are not done with wires or CGI.
He can really move like that. Elizalde:
When we first learned about
what the Jangly Man had to do,
we started scratching our heads and asking each other,
“Who’s gonna play this character?”
And then we became aware of an actor named Troy James,
who had done a spot on”America’s Got Talent,”
and we took a look at his work and we thought:
“He’s the guy. This guy can do anything.” Narrator:
Once in costume, the next stage was painting.
Both the suits and the performer’s skin were painted with acrylics.
This stage had its own set of challenges.
For the Pale Lady,
del Toro and Øvredal wanted it to appear
as if the creature’s dress had merged with her skin.
To do so, Mike Hill had to create a smooth paint job
为此 Mike Hill必须要非常小心
void of any garment lines on her skin. Cabrera:
It was really cool.
I know Guillermo was particularly happy with this one,
because it was such a large and,
not abstract, but, you know, it’s one of those things
that could be widely interpreted, like, what you’re looking at.
Stephen’s drawings, they have a sketchy vibe to them,
so not every line is realized, so to speak,
you know, in the real world. Narrator:
The Pale Lady costume
had to be put on almost like a giant snowsuit.
Once in, to create the seamless look,
they glued up the seams and painted over them. Now,
keep in mind, these are black-and-white drawings.
For a character like the Toeless Corpse, they chose a color palette
to give her a”nicotine-stained” feel,
using rotted browns and earth-toned colors.
They also had to tackle the challenge
of giving this character’s face a skeletal look.
To do so, they added pronounced teeth
outside the actor’s mouth,
a technique used for zombies on”The Walking Dead.”
They painted a majority of the actor’s body and covered him
with almost 30 individual applications
to create the finished look.
But the one thing crucial to the design required a missing toe.
So Spectral designed a foot that would be finished later in post-production.
The hair for those two were custom-made wigs by Lynne Watson.
She’s done costume hair work for”Planet of the Apes,”
“Lone Ranger,” and my personal favorite,
“Team America: World Police.”
Each wig took over three weeks to make
and are both made with human hair.
When designing the Scarecrow, Cabrera and the team asked:
What would farmers in the world of this movie
make a scarecrow out of, and how well
would they have built it?
They decided to give the Scarecrow a look
as though it had a 2-by-4 skeletal frame
and was completely beaten up by the elements.
For the Jangly Man,
the character made up of different limbs and body parts,
each segment of the creature would therefore have different levels of rot. So,
although several designers all worked on this one suit,
they would each work on various limbs separately,
focusing on a unique level of rot.
Del Toro would visit and guide the artists
on how rotted certain parts would be and how they should look.
Once they were in the suit, painted up, detailed,
and ready to shoot, the final step
was getting the movement of the characters right.
Along with the direction of Øvredal and del Toro,
production hired motion coaches to develop the performance.
The actor, director, and even the creature designer
would all work together to give the monster that perfectly terrifying presence on camera. Cabrera:
It is like a Dr. Frankenstein kind of thing,
you know? Like, you’re making a monster.
This thing has to live.
And even though it’s not living in real life,
it’s living in a movie. So,
you’re taking this from nothing
that didn’t live before, and now it’s alive.
And that’s, like, a great feeling
when you finally see it on film and it’s this living,
breathing thing that’s convincing
’cause it’s in the dramatic context of a movie.
And that’s the best reward there is.
Narrator: What makes”Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” so,