Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 27th 2013 Contents In "Thor: The Dark World" more of the
Nine Realms are introduced, offering a bet-
ter understanding of the history and com-
plexities of Thor's universe. The Nine
Realms are taken from Norse mythology
and refer to the nine worlds that are sup-
ported by Yggdrasil, an immense ash tree,
central to Norse cosmology. Asgard is de-
picted at the top and Earth, known as
Midgard, in the middle. In the original
"Thor," Yggdrasil was established as a cos-
mic structure formed by a series of inter-
woven wormholes linking the nine worlds
• The Medina/streets of Asgard set is
the biggest set ever built for a Marvel film.
One can actually walk around the streets
of Asgard and see the shops, the pubs and
the training ground.
• An aerial camera crew flew to the Det-
tifoss waterfall in Iceland (Europe's most
powerful waterfall) to film the cascading
waters from every angle so that the wa-
terfalls ringing Asgard could be rendered
realistically by the computers to replicate
• Filming in Iceland involved remote loca-
tions where the crew had to drive for
hours from the airport just to get to their
hotels. Then, to get to the fields of volcanic
ash that stood in for The Dark World, they
drove for up to two hours more.
• A close look at the set decorating for
Jane Foster's London apartment would re-
veal sheet music on the piano that reads:
"Thor The Thunder God."
• Photos of young Jane Foster in the
apartment set were courtesy of Natalie
Portman's mother, who keeps a binder
filled with photos of Natalie at different
ages for occasions like this.
• There were about 30 hammers made
for Thor of various weights for different
uses. The master hammer is made from
aluminum but it is replicated in different
materials and weights, including a "soft"
stunt version. Of the 30, five versions are
used most often, including the "lit hammer,"
that emits light when lightning strikes.
• The design of Mjolnir, Thor's hammer,
was changed from the version Thor
wielded in "Marvel's The Avengers." The
new hammer has more of a sense of his-
tory and age to it and its grip is more
aligned to the hammer Thor used in "Thor."
• The inscription on Thor's hammer, writ-
ten in Norse runes, translates to: "Whoso-
ever holds this hammer, if he be worthy,
shall possess the power of Thor."
• Prop master Barry Gibbs and his team
of 18 technicians designed/produced 140
weapons in 10 weeks, then went on to
make four more of each weapon for a
grand total of 516 weapons for the Ma-
rauders to use in the battle scenes. This is
before he even got into making the princi-
pal weapons for Thor, Odin, Volstagg,
Heimdall, Sif, etc.
• Thor and Odin each have one look in
costuming, but Thor needs 15 sets of his
costume as he does so many stunts and
action scenes. Odin has about 6 repeats of
• David White, the designer of the dark
elves and the prosthetic effects on "Thor:
The Dark World," designed and created 40
suits for the dark elves, utilising 100 tech-
nicians over a three and a half month pe-
riod. The off-world look was derived from
diverse ethnic and tribal elements.
• The stunt men and extras playing the
dark elves had to go through a training pe-
riod where they practiced standing tall and
proud since the dark elves are envisioned
to be a noble people. Prosthetics designer
David White helped out too by designing
the helmet so that the eye line was slightly
pulled down, forcing the actors to tilt their
heads slightly up and back, which gave
them a very proud, strong feel.
• Both Christopher Eccleston and Ade-
wale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who play the dark
elves Malekith and Algrim, respectively,
had to memorise their dialogue written in
an elven language that was created specif-
ically for the film.
• The film shot between October and
December 2012 at Shepperton Studios in
England, with key locations in London---
Greenwich, Wembley, St. Paul's Cathedral,
Borough Market and Hayes---Bourne
Wood in Surrey and Stonehenge in Wilt-
shire. For the look of the dark elves' world,
Svartalfheim, the filmmakers chose Iceland
for its black, volcanic landscapes.
• Before sending helicopters to film over
historic Greenwich, England, on a quiet
Sunday morning, the location crew
dropped 4000 letters in the area: 2000 on
one side of the river and 2000 on the other
side of the river, explaining to the residents
what was going to be happening.
• Filming at the famous Stonehenge his-
torical site proved to be a challenge. After
finally getting permission from English
Heritage, the filmmakers found out that
there were lots of rules and regulations as-
sociated with filming there. They could
only be in amongst the stones outside of
the normal visiting hours. So shooting had
to take place early in the morning before
opening, which only gave the film crew
about three hours before they had to pull
back for wider shots once the stones were
opened to the public. Being a heritage site,
no one was allowed to touch the stones or
walk on any stones, so a lot of logistics had
to be applied to the filming there.
Issue 107 • Friday, September 27, 2013
Home Again, the film that was shot in Trinidad and
Tobago but gives a story about Jamaican deportees
has finally opened in Jamaica.
The film opened nationwide at four of the Palace
Amusement cinemas on September 18. On September
16, however, the Jamaica Observer held a private Red
Carpet Gala screening of the film for its sponsors and
clients and hosted members of the cast and crew in-
cluding TT Supervising Producer, Lisa Wickham,
Writer-Producer Jennifer Holness, Canadian actor, Lyriq
Bent, US-based Jamaican actor, Paul Campbell and Ja-
maican based young actors Kadeem Wilson and Brian
Brown. So far the film has been well-received, with the
Jamaican Government coming under fire for messing
up Jamaica's chances of having the movie filmed there.
The Jamaican release of Home Again is being handled
by Wickham's Imagine Media International Limited,
which also distributed the film in Trinidad and Tobago
in April of this year. Wickham is currently in talks re-
garding the UK release of the film.
OPENS IN JAMAICA
LEFT TO RIGHT - Actors, Paul Campbell, Kadeem Wilson, TT Supervising
Producer Lisa Wickham, Actor Lyriq Bent, Writer Producer, Jennifer Holness,
Actor Brian Brown.
Thor the Dark World
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