Friday, June 3, 2016
Returning to Wells with The Huntsman: Winter's War
Last summer, my wife and I traveled to Wells, England. This is a small town, and the smallest in the country to host a Church of England cathedral. It rained on and off the two days we spent there, which put a damper on our explorations. It also put a damper on the activities of a film crew, who were there to film scenes for the 2016 movie "The Huntsman: Winter's War."
In addition to the large trucks (or lorries, as they call them in England), there were also large pieces of equipment parked beside the cathedral. If you look closely, you can see my wife inspecting a crane from which a camera operator may have filmed overhead shots.
Last weekend, my wife and I went to see "The Huntman: Winter's War" in the cinema. The story begins before its predecessor, "Snow White and the Huntman," and introduces us to Queen Ravenna's sister Freya. One night, Freya runs down a hall of her castle in fright. This was a hallway through which we also traveled (although, thankfully, not in fright). It took us from the sanctuary to the tea room.
In an earlier post, I mentioned how my wife and I spent an hour or so sketching in the sanctuary, while a children's choir sang. We took a photo before we left for lunch.
This is what the sanctuary looked like in "The Huntsman: Winter's War," during a funeral scene.
Wells features eye-catching architecture, grand curving streets, a beautiful church, and a picturesque town center. We thought we had seen most of what the city had to offer during our short stay there. Then we read about the filming locations for the movie, and learned the crew had also filmed at the Bishop's Palace, which we didn't see during our visit. I believe the front of the palace for the castle doubled for Queen Ravenna's castle. I suspect they also used the Bishop's Palace for the evening scene in which Freya steps outside, and sees fire burning in another part of her castle. (This causes her to run down the corridor above in fright).
I wanted to return to Wells even before seeing "The Huntsman: Winter's War." Now I've got even more reason to return. Ah, someday...
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