Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for its upcoming fairytale action epic Snow White and the Huntsman.
The budget here is tremendous, and the style of the film is that of an expansive fantasy epic, though it is only a single feature. Thus lots of attention is paid to the details. Where in a film which takes itself less seriously, some details may be left to whim, here every mote is planned and scrutinized.
We’ve been able to see lots of this colorful attention to detail in the trailers and previews we’ve seen so far. The scenery is widely varied, giving us everything from dark woods and colorful fairy trees to well-packed beaches and elaborate palaces. The effects are equally impressive, shedding their own themes across the film, especially in giving the queen’s magic a personality of its own, rather than a sort of generic appearance.
The costumes are not the least of this effort, but there’s a thing about good costumes. Like with music, the very best costumes are not noticed. It’s a good costume if it looks so natural, blends so well into the setting and character, that you never think about it at all. Snow White and the Huntsman seems to have such costuming, and the latest featurette discusses the art of creating good fantasy costumes, with some commentary from the film’s lead costume designer, Coleen Atwood, who also worked on Alice and Wonderland and the upcoming Dark Shadows.
And here’s the double-length theatrical trailer, for reference:
The official synopsis of Snow White and the Huntsman is thus:
In the epic action-adventure "Snow White and the Huntsman," Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, "Thor") who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power.
Snow White and the Huntsman, which also stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, and Lily Cole, hits theaters on June 1, 2012.