In ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’, young Clara discovers an unexpected world of heroic mice, living toys and immense, snowy fantasy landscapes, hidden somewhere within her godfather Drosselmeyer’s house.
The story is based loosely on the famous Christmas fairy tale ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ written by German Romantic writer E T A Hoffmann. The film features beautiful visual effects work that relies on heavy use of blue and green screens on the sets during production.
“Because ‘The Nutcracker’ had so many scenes shot against blue/green screens that needed to be replaced with our virtual world, one of the first things we did was look for a pre-visualisation system,” said Max Wood, the production VFX Supervisor. “First, it would help the director to frame his shots more accurately – we didn’t want to shoot blind and find out later that we’d cropped the top of the palace off. We knew it would save time and money in post to have a better idea of the geography while on set.