SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Clothing the Dwarves
Once the principals and doubles had been through
prosthetics, hair or wig application and makeup, they
were finally ready to get into costume. "The dwarves
were one of the main challenges for me, as each of
those characters had a personality," says Atwood.
"Mathematically it was simple because it was all about
proportion, but if I managed to get the head-and-shoulders
ratio right between a principal and his double,
I couldn't make the body thing work. We ended up using
body suits on some of the actors and doubles to make
the bodies correspond, and then exaggerated the dwarf
quality in the principal actor."
The body suits had to be specifically designed to
re-create the body shape of each principal actor and
his double. Indeed, they were intended to change the
methodology of the actor. The costume design became
an incredibly important part of the technicalities behind
the suit design, which can appear to lower the crotch and
change the shapes of the arms, legs and body.
Even though this story exists in a fantastical world,
it was still grounded in a time period that one could
believe. From the beginning of preproduction, Atwood
collaborated with Sanders, prosthetics and the hair and
makeup teams to achieve this feat. The costume designer
says: "Rupert talked to us all about how he wanted Snow
White and the Huntsman to be a bit edgier than just a
If you look close enough, you'll notice that Atwood
subtly incorporated the characters' personalities into the
costumes. "Duir and Coll are the buddy trailblazers,"
explains Atwood. "They have a rustic frontier, so we
needed to give them weapons. Muir and Quert have a
more demure, spiritual side to them. Nion is outgoing
and comedic, and then we have the salty dogs, Beith and
Gort. The concept was that all of these guys are magpies,
they steal and stash treasure all over the woodlands, but
also carry a bit of bling under their coats."
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