Special Effects; Music
5.5 Special Effects
[Mir,aa] The incredible special effects in the film were handled by
WETA Limited, the most comprehensive special effects house in the
southern hemisphere. The "Borovnian" characters sequences were
supervised by Richard Taylor while the digital effects were
supervised by George Port. Richard and his team constructed over
seventy full-sized, latex costumes to represent the "Borovnian"
crowds--plasticine figures that inhabit Pauline and Juliet's
magical fantasy world. "Heavenly Creatures" contains over thirty
shots that were digitally manipulated ranging from the morphing
garden of the "Fourth World," to castles in fields, to the "Orson
[Mir,aa,lfr] Jackson contacted a previous collaborator, music composer Peter Dasent, a Sydney-based New Zealander to compose the musical
score for "Heavenly Creatures." Dasent had scored two of
Jackson's prior films, "Dead Alive" and "Meet the Feebles". He
composed a lush, beautiful and haunting orchestral score and
supervised its recording with the Auckland Philharmonic
Orchestra, as conducted by Peter Scholes.
The choral performance of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
used in the film was an arrangement by Rosemary Turnball, and
featured the choirs of Burnside High School, Cashmere High
School, Hagley Community College and Villa Maria College, all
'local' talent. Unfortunately, it is the only piece featured in
the film that is not on the soundtrack.