The French ministry of magic 'underneath' Paris.
Production designer Stuart Craig wanted to have the French Ministry full of air and light, contrasting the dark underground amphitheatre of Grindelwald's rally. The celestial chart added some magic and avoided us having to show a sky outside.
Art director Sam Leake, with Stuart's guidance, designed and built the architecture/3d including the interlacing strap-work of the balustrades and offices (as well as supervising the real world set). The statues were scans of full size sculpts by Julian Murray.
My job was to make it look cool and illustrate the dome. The 'zodiac' is based on creatures and objects from the Potter universe (as per JKR's request)
I tried a few different styles for the Celestial Dome before opting for a technique based on Albrecht Durer's woodcuts. Painfully slow to draw digitally - can't imagine what it was like in the 16th Century working with a chisel on wood.
Classic Stuart Craig design; combining familiar elements in a surreal way. The shed from Newt's case returns.
Location Orb - very difficult to get the competing elements to work - transparent and reflective glass with glowing icons and anmiated mechanical interior. Not that we saw any of it in the nano-second it was on screen.
Records department shelves come to life
Simple animation showing how the shelving system might work
Obliviation centre - didn't make the final cut which is a pity as it was a funny mad idea from Stuart