Seeing Red (Queen)

Movies - 01 February 2010 4:30 PM | Updated 6:11 PM

Seeing Red (Queen)

It won't be long before Tim Burton's much-anticipated take on Lewis Carroll's beloved classic Alice in Wonderland hits the big screens in Singapore.

In the lead-up to the film's 4 March release, brings you a weekly series of sneak peeks at the film, including character progression images, movie stills, concept art and 'micropod' teaser clips.

Before you can say "Off with her head!", welcome to the party!




The Red Queen is filmed against a green-screen background using a high-resolution 4K digital camera so her head can be enlarged without compromising image qualilty. The chair she sits in is green so that it can later be replaced with its digital counterpart.

Using proprietary tools especially built for these tasks over the course of the production, the Queen’s head is enlarged, and her neck and chin are seamlessly blended into the collar of her costume.

The Red Queen is dropped into a preliminary CG environment, with preliminary models of set pieces in the background—early versions of the monkeys holding the candelabras are also added. 

The final composited scene includes lighting, texturing and final color corrections.


The Red Queen is filmed against a green-screen background that’s been dressed with green set pieces—the columns will cast accurate shadows, and the wooden “stand-ins” for the frogs give the actress scene partners and help her establish an eye-line.

Using multiple techniques especially developed over the course of production, the Red Queen’s head is enlarged to twice its normal size, her waist is cinched (creating a more caricatured look) and her neck and chin are blended seamlessly into the collar and shoulders of her body.

Animators at Imageworks add in CG frogs and red knights, along with the birds holding the chandelier and the monkeys holding the candelabras.  Human courtiers (filmed in a separate green-screen shoot) are placed to the right of the Queen—a great challenge for the visual effects department.

In the final composite, all surfaces are lit and textured and the green-screen photography is color corrected to fit the scene. 

To read last week's article, click here.
To view more images from Alice in Wonderland, click here.

All images courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.