Orlando Crews Help Universal Studios Ready for Potter Arrival

DP/Partner Dan Beckmann captures guests at the Hogwarts Express

DP/Partner Dan Beckmann captures guests at the Hogwarts Express

Orlando DP/Partner, Dan Beckmann helped Universal Studios prepare for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

With Beckmann and EP Sue Stauffer coordinating 3 full High Definition Crews, the team was able to capture B-roll and interviews throughout the new land in Islands of Adventure!

Hogwarts Castle welcomes guests

Hogwarts Castle welcomes guests

Shooting on the Panasonic HDX 900, cameraman Dan Lowrey and Marten Kaufman (along with audio operators Jim McMannus, George Moshonas and Paul Gramaglia) managed to find time in between shots to sample the worlds only Butter Beer and Pumpkin Juice at the Hogshead Pub!

The early morning “Rope Drop” began at 8AM, where select park guests were able to get a sneak-peek of the Wizarding World.

Some attraction highlights the crews captured included:

Olivanders Wand Shop, where the wand chooses the wizard among the daily visitors – The Owl Post, where guests sent postcards with a unique postal stamp from Hogsmeade Village – Zonko’s Joke Shop, stocked with everything from Extendible Ears and whacky trinkets from the films, to various hats of all kinds – and HoneyDukes Candy Store where Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans await the weary palate!

Entertainment shows fill the streets, while Dervish and Bangs has every piece of Potter apparel from robes, to scarfs!  And the restaurant, Three Broomsticks, boasts a feast fit for every Muggle!

Grand Opening is set for 18 June!!!!!!

Shooting in Hogsmeade Village

Shooting in Hogsmeade Village

AP Amanda Knight keeping track of the shot list

AP Amanda Knight keeping track of the shot list - outside Three Broomsticks

Dan Beckmann shooting exteriors of Zonko's Joke Shop

DP/Partner Dan Beckmann shooting exteriors of Zonko's Joke Shop