Mirror, mirror on the wall, is Rupert Sanders’ retelling of the classic fable, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” the slickest of them all? Indeed ... it is all that and a bag of poisoned apple chips.
In one of the film’s signature scenes, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) confront a hulking Troll with gnarled, wood-like skin.
The Troll was added digitally after principal photography by effects wizards at Rhythm & Hues. To provide the actors with references on set, a fishing pole was used for an eye-line, and water explosions were set off to simulate the monster’s pounding attacks.
And what Snow White tale would be complete without a magic mirror?
When Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) consults her looking glass, it transforms into a liquidy cloaked figure.
Effects studio The Mill crafted the effect with a fluid simulation that allowed this “Mirror Man” to dribble down stairs and slide across floors.
To give Theron a reference on set, a metal structure was crafted with a camera in its “chest.” This nifty trick allowed Theron’s “reflection” to be captured and later added to the digital model.