The Making of Skyfall with Chris Lowe

21st May, 2013

How does a big blockbuster come together? When you're watching a documentary or a low budget indie film, it's sometimes plain to see how the film has been made. The magic of big blockbusters is that sometimes, worlds created are so immersive, scenes so action-packed, that you're left gobsmacked wondering how the film has managed to pull it off!

A key team member in any production, particularly big ones, is the art director. Chris Lowe has worked on numerous films, including last year's James Bond adventure Skyfall, one of 2012's biggest hits. With so many action packed sequences you can imagine how intensive Chris' job was on the movie, and in this Skillset masterclass at Cardinal Newman High School he talks students through how the world of Skyfall was created.

Take a closer look inside the Skyfall lodge.

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The Skyfall chapel

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Inside the Skyfall lodge

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Skyfall lodge exterior

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Skyfall lodge scale

What do you think of these models and designs? Does it give you a greater appreciation of the movie? Next time you watch a big action packed scene, think about what the art director may have done to help everything come together.

As part of an ongoing project with First Light and Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy, we are bringing students up and down the country a range of in-depth masterclasses on technical aspects of the film industry. Catch up on them all here.

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Costume designer Claire Collins

Foley artist John Fewell

Sound engineer Derek Hehir

Editor Deborah Aston

Production Designer Katie MacGregor

Grip Technician Stuart Godfrey

Special Effects company Artem

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