In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua
journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other
kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious
organization. She's been selected by the mysteriously powerful
Ms. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) to fly to London on her private
airship. This is Lyra's first view of the City, but in this
London, a quasi-religious, totalitarian government has guided
development toward something like Gothic architecture.
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For the cityscape, we used photos of Paris for reference. The
government is housed in the gigantic, white "Magisterium" tower
dominating the skyline, made of matte-painted textures and 3D
architecture. The view from inside the airship is a foreground
element, shot on a greenscreen stage, composited with a foreground
plate of the characters. Rhythm and Hues provided the digital
golden monkey "familiar." We painted in lighting shifts
on the windowframe and put a reflection on the table.
A side angle out the window shows a glimpse of a steel-and-glass
airship docking station.