Artem Case Studies

The Brothers Grimm Mirimax

'It's Gilliam's chance to run amok, and watching him do it is eye-popping fun.'

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

Terry Gilliam's long awaited The Brothers Grimm - his first film since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the 19th century folklorists who gathered tales that have enchanted and terrorised generations of children.

The movie casts the Grimm siblings (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger) as hucksters who travel from town to town with a bag of tricks and a reputation as fearless monster slayers, spinning tall tales of supernatural terrors that they will exorcise for a fee. However, they get a dose of fairytale reality when they encounter a true curse, complete with a forest of trees that can move on their own, a horse that swallows a child and a 500-year-old queen in a tower (Monica Bellucci) abducting young girls to steal their life energy and preserve her beauty.

The Brothers Grimm was handed over to Artem to provide all manner of creative solutions and special effects, taking responsibility for all floor effects, pyrotechnics, prosthetics and special effects makeup, mechanical rigs, action props, animatronics and wirework.

The story dictates that the movie special effects are numerous and ambitious, from 500-year-old queen prosthetics and horse belly extensions, to giant catapults and one of the biggest fires ever attempted on film! The Brothers Grimm was the single largest film shot in the Czech Republic during the year it was made and Artem had a full crew out there for all 103 shooting days. In addition to this, a crew that at times swelled to over 100 was kept busy in our West London workshop.

The trailer can be viewed here.

Mike Kelt, Artem Managing Director, said;

'The SFX demands of the film were spectacular, and a tremendous challenge. The task required a great mix of creative energy and practical problem solving. Having all the skills under one roof, ready to go, made the whole project possible in a frighteningly short timescale.'

  • Film
  • Animatronics
  • Atmospherics
  • Electronic Design
  • Mechanical Rigs
  • Props
  • Prosthetics
  • Pyrotechnics & Fire
  • Sculpture
  • Breakables & Comedy Props
  • Wind, Water and Steam
  • Floor Effects
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