One of the most exciting projects coming our way next year is Netflix and the Jim Henson Company’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,“ a television series set to be a prequel to the 1982 film, The Dark Crystal. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series takes place many years before the events of the film, and it will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. And yes, we’re talking classic/old school puppets, with no CGI involved!
The only digital effects in the series will be green-screening to remove the puppeteers from view, and this first behind the scenes shot from the set delivers good on that promise.
Shared by toy artist Tim Clarke, who worked as a creature designer and fabrication supervisor on the original Dark Crystal, the behind scenes photo shows a Skeksis coming to life, primarily thanks to practical puppetry. The puppeteer is wearing a green-screen outfit so that he can be digitally removed in post, but everything else here is entirely practical.
Check out the photo below!
“Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
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