Memories of Mad-Eye Moody and Harry Potter
As this is the first day of the new year it’s also my first blog. Thankfully no hangover to deal with ;-)
It’s interesting that tonight on ITV they are showing the network premiere of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and now I can look back on such an amazing 10 years (yes 10 years!!!) on this incredible franchise.
I wanted to talk a little about one of the main characters I did on the Potter films…Mad Eye Moody. When his character was first introduced in the Goblet of Fire I never realised it be a part of my life for the coming years, On the 3rd January 2004 Myself and Prosthetics Sculptor Barrie Gower began sculpting Mad Eye design concepts…6 months later we were still sculpting Make Up designs.
We went through numerous concept ideas before we locked down the character, and we started shooting the make up in july 2004.
Now dealing with a material (Plat Gel 10) that at the time wasn’t well known and was still in its infancy and having part of the makeup mechanical was a lot of work but we got through it. We shot with Brendan Gleeson (who I have to say is one of the loveliest people around!) for the following 9 months! (In fact we wrapped on Mad Eye Moody’s character on St Patricks day!!!)
What was great about this character was that I got to re-do it in the next Potter movie (The Order of the Phoenix) and at that time we had now worked out all the bugs in the material, so I got to resculpt it and re-jig the make up (hopefully just enough that people wouldn’t notice the difference)
2 films later we saw Mad Eye Moody one last time and sadly meet his demise at the hands of Death Eaters but it was such an amazing journey to have been on (I doubt something like this will ever happen again, but hey who knows, this is the film industry after all!!!) And a massive thank you to Nick Dudman for letting me ‘play’ with monsters and goblins on the Potter films…Oh and Lord Voldemort of course!…