So I am going to distract you with smoke and mirrors, and show you some photos of our trip today to see the Warner Bros Studio Tour of "The Making of Harry Potter". Not crafting on the face of it, but in fact almost the entire exhibition is about the craft behind the film: the model making, artwork, costume design, prop manufacture, animatronics, creature studio, set design and more. Unfortunately I forgot to take the proper camera, so these pics were taken on my iphone, which doesn't seem to cope with low light levels very well. Plus I kept getting my finger in front of the lens.
If you are at all interested in the world of Harry Potter (and I wouldn't say we are that into it) then I would recommend a visit to the studio. It is expensive, and you have to book weeks ahead, but as crafters we really enjoyed it. It really makes you realise the intense amount of labour and hundreds of people behind the scenes to achieve just a few minutes of this type of fantasy film. I was worried it would be too Disneyfied, and certainly the first few minutes of the tour when you are subjected to chirpy young guides trying to get the crowd to yell louder in excitement before they let you watch a film about the tour weren't very promising. But after that it is self-guided and much more like a giant Harry Potter museum. And there is a gift shop - but empty your piggybank if you want to buy anything in there, all very expensive. It was cute to see kids running around in convincing Hogwarts robes and school ties - slightly more disturbing to see the same items available in adult sizes. We spent about three hours at the tour and very much enjoyed it.
- starting the next GAAA afghan square: the Levy square
- dividing for the neckline on the Eyelet Lace jumper and knitting most of one shoulder
- almost finishing the body of the second True North mitten
- the multi-coloured shawl from the Jawol ball
- a cabled beanie hat from the yarn I bought on Orkney