How They Did It: Cinderella Crashes the Ball

Director Kenneth Branagh and Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti explain how they executed the grand ballroom scene in Disney’s retro-fitted Cinderella (watch the clip below along with an IMAX featurette, the best way to see it).

Cinderella was certainly a comfortable fit for Branagh, containing the same connective tissue as his acclaimed Shakespeare adaptations or Thor. And Ferretti (currently making Martin Scorsese’s Silence) certainly knows his way around period pieces. In fact, they used Gone with the Wind and The Leopard as inspiration for designing and choreographing a new take on the iconic ballroom sequence featuring Lily James as the faux princess (watch the clip below).

“For me, it’s about the concentration on performance and the human dynamic that makes sure that even the most spectacular visual worlds are rooted in some kind of… dysfunctional family—or at least on the road to being functional, perhaps,” Branagh quipped.

“We tried to find a way of giving a masculine edge to it despite its decorative opulence. We wanted to use every bit of space. I wanted to shoot from every conceivable angle up, down, across these beautiful, big set piece balconies: one for an orchestra and one for the king were important areas for us. The idea that interrelationships in a world where being seen and being seen to be seen was important.”

Added Ferretti: “The palace had to be magical, so I looked at a lot of French architecture, like the Louvre, the Opéra Garnier and the Palace of Versailles, which all had these great long staircases. So we started with the stairs and then created everything from there, like the main entrance with its big arch and the fountains inside. Then we added our own touches, like the frescoes, the sconces and all of the set decoration, which included 5,000 oil candles which had to be lit by hand and 17 enormous chandeliers.”

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies, Production Design, Tech

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