Want a behind-the-scenes look at what could wind up becoming Academy Award-nominated production design? A new Into the Woods featurette just surfaced called “Designing the Woods” and it’s loaded with soundbites from the cast and crew including director Rob Marshall, director of photography Dion Beebe and production designer Dennis Gassner discussing what it took to integrate real woods with what they built on a sound stage.
Hit the jump to give it a watch and click here to check out my interview with producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca for more on how they created such a vibrant world on a limited budget. Into the Woods is now in theaters and stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie Mauzy, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp.
Here’s the official synopsis for Into the Woods:
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.