They are about a boy who finds out on his eleventh birthday that he is really a wizard. On that day he is befriended by a giant named Hagar who takes him to Hogwarts, a school for young wizards Where he becomes friends with two other young wizards, Ron and Hermione. While at school he finds out that he is destined to kill an evil wizard called Voldemort. Throughout the next 7 films he has several episodes with Voldemort. There are a series of 8 films all together telling the Harry Potter story. The first two films were directed by Chris Carter. Cinematography in the first movie was done by John Seale and in the second movie by Roger Pratt.
The art director for both movies was was Andrew Ackland-Snow. (http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0241527/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0295297/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) These two movies were light hearted and on the comedic side. The lighting was light hearted and bright. The costumes were basic black with the students and personnel of the school wearing the same thing throughout all the movies. In the Third movie the childrens costumes changed to regular clothing.
The first movie was used to introduce the main characters that would be in the rest of the movies. There is Harry, that is played by Daniel Ratcliff, Ron who is played by Rupert Grint and Hermione played by Emma Watson, Joined by them is Maggie Harris playing Professor McGonnell, Robbie Coultrane, who plays Hagar, and Alan Rickman, who plays Professor Snape Elements of Design4 The roll of Professor Albus Dumbledore, the head master of Hogwarts is played by two actors. Richard Harris played this role for the first two movies and Michael Gambon play this role in movies three, four, five and six. He was killed off in movie number number five. by a Severas Snapp In the first two movies the lighting and the sound effects were great. The special effects made you feel that you were there with Harry riding along side of him on his broom and playing Quidech. Movie number three was directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Cinematography was done by Michael Seresin and the art director was Andrew Ackland-Snow. (http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0304141/? ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ) In “ The Prisoner of Azkaban”, the overall set up went a little darker.
The plot told of a prisoner named Serius Black, ( played by Gary Oldman) was held in a wizard’s prison called Azkaban. The story plot was that the prisoner was responsible for the death of Harry’s mother and father and he was serving a life sentence. At the beginning of the movie he escaped prison and the rest of the movie was about him proving his innocence to his god son, Harry. The lighting used on this character was very good. It depicted him as an evil, murdering wizard. In this movie we are also introduced to a werewolf played by David Thewlies.
The lighting and the art for the werewolf showed him has an evil creature bent on destroying everything in its path. Movie four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was directed by Mike Newel. Cinematography was done by Roger Pratt and the Art Director was Andrew Ackland=Snow. Elements of Design5 (http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0330373/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. ) In this movie the story is about an event held at Hogwarts that hasn’t been held in a long time. Three wizarding schools compete for the Tri Wizard Cup. A champion was to be chosen from each school.
Harry was too young to be chosen so he did not enter. The evil wizard Voldemort had other plans. He got a henchman to enter Harrys name in the pot and it was chosen so harry had to compete. In this movie the lighting is dark and sinister. The first event was the competitors was to steal an egg from a dragon. The second event competitors are under water. They had to come up with a way to breathe underwater so that they could rescue their friends from the mermaids. The third event was the competitors had to make it through a maze to get the cup. Here is where Voldemort made his move.
Voldemort had been only a small replica of himself till now. Here he tricked Harry and was able to use Harrys blood to make himself whole again. The special effects in this movie was amazing. The lighting was just right and the art work for breathing underwater was perfect. Movie five was directed by David Yates. Cinematography was by Slawomir Idziak and the art director was Andrew Ackland-Snow. ( http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0373889/? ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix) In movie five, with Voldemort on the loose, the professors and soldiers of the wizarding world banned together to fight him.
He was not through with Harry yet. There was one more thing that he needed to help him come to full strength. The prophecy telling of who would be the one to defeat him. Elements of Design6 This movie has several scenes held underground where the special effects are awesome. The lighting made the scenes look like the shelves were really falling on Harry and the rest of the young people. Movie six was directed by David Yates, cinematography was done by Bruno Delbonnel and the art director was Andrew Ackland-Snow. (http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0417741/fullcredits? ef_=tt_cl_sm#cast (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) In movie number six the story is about Dumbledore hunting for Horcruxes that Voldemort has hidden parts of his soul in. Until these are found Voldemort cannot be defeated. The scene where Dumbledore and Harry are standing on a rock in the ocean is magnificent. It reaches out to you and makes you think that you can feel the spray of the ocean on your face. The colors match the story line perfectly. Movie number seven and eight are directed by David Yates, cinematography by Edwardo Serra and the art director was Andrew Ackland-Snow. (http://www. mdb. com/title/tt1201607/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 and 2. ) In these two movies Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their hunt for the remaining Horcruxes. Despite the efforts put forth by Voldemort to stop them they find all of them and are able to defeat Voldemort in the end. I think that the cinematography and the art work are the best of all in these two movies. The scene where Professor McGonagall brings the stone statues to life and the other professors put the magical ceiling over the castle to protect it, These are the best in part 1.
In part two the final battle between Harry and Voldemort is the best. You find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat and rooting for Harry to win. Elements of Design7 Conclusion All in all, the directing, cinematography and the art work are great in all 8 of these movies. I find myself watching them over and over again. Elements of Design8 Resources http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0926084/fullcredits? ref_=tt_ov_st_sm http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Harry_Potter http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0241527/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. ttp://www. imdb. com/title/tt0295297/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0304141/? ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0330373/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. http://www. imdb. com/title/tt0373889/? ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix (http://www. imdb. com/title/tt1201607/fullcredits? ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 and 2. )