|Harry Potter Tour|
|Bucks Students Kalim Momen, Haydn Macmaster, Ursula Otieno and Sam Jenkins wait in line. Behind them is the famous Cupboard Under The Stairs|
|Hogwarts dining hall|
You can wander through Diagon Alley too. Whoever designed and dressed these sets clearly had huge fun. The visual style of the film is a sort of nostalgic trip back to the 1950s - but with added magic. It is a world that is old-fashioned and new-fangled all at the same time, both familiar and unfamiliar.
The displays are genuinely revealing about how the movies were made. At Bucks we tend to focus on digital effects, but it is very clear that the special effects team on the series did an impressive job, and plenty of old-school non-digital physical effects used on set long before digital artists got started.
Below you can see one of the goblin masks, used to create the goblins at Gringotts bank. The actors had the latex head masks painstaking attached to their faces in an hours-long makeup process that made the mask a living part of the actors own faces.
|Robbie Coltrane's head. In latex.|
|Paulina Kepinska goes to Platform 9 and 3/4|
Dragon heads peer down at you from the ceilings, and you realise how much work went into the creation of so many different monsters and creatures. Most impressive of all is the scale model of Hogwarts, created by the model department at Cinesite (though none of the companies which worked on the films get a credit).
|Scale model of Hogwarts|
We'll be back next year with a new group of students. I really can't think of a better way to introduce them to the world in visual effects in film.
For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Lynda.com. Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn aboutmotion capture at Bucks.