While Wednesday is generally known for just wearing dresses that are somewhat drab and featureless, the Netflix show decided to give her a few more options. Still, her character had to be in everything she wore. Everything from the colors, fabrics, cuts, and accessories were discussed and chosen to make sure that they all fit the gloomy Wednesday.
And it’s not just for the title character, either – Enid, Tyler, Bianca, Principal Weems, and Xavier all had special outfits made for them, all full of detail and designed just for the character in mind. Lots of attention to detail and small pieces is a very Burton thing to do.
Every Single Angle
While practical effects were utilized to their fullest to get Thing, played by Victor Dorobantu, on the show “Wednesday,” there's only so much practical effects can pull off. A huge array of cameras of all different kinds was set up just to take pictures of Dorobantu's hand in order to make small changes to scenes or fix filming issues, despite the attempt to film it all naturally.
Seriously, take a look at all the cameras they had to use just so they could recreate a hand if they needed to. This was also likely because they wanted to create models and needed reference pictures.
Lots of Lessons
It's common for actors and actresses to have to learn new skills to take on certain roles, and Jenna Ortega playing Wednesday, is no exception. She chose to learn the cello – no small feat – but there are several other examples.
She took lessons in fencing and archery, learned how to canoe, and even learned German for the scenes of her pretending to be a pilgrim. Some actors choose to learn lines phonetically, but speakers of the language can always tell. It's a lot more work doing it this way, but it's also a lot more natural – and it makes the show really shine.
A Few Different Locations
While a majority of the shooting for “Wednesday” took place in Romania (in order to add a creepy feeling), not everything was done in Europe. Romania was the perfect place, with plenty of gloomy forests and spooky castles, but stages had to step in to take over a few times.
It was mostly to have full control of the set since you can't always go smashing through stained-glass windows in ancient castles and get away with it. While actually filming in a castle is cool, sometimes it's just easier – or much cheaper – to make a set if you need to do something specific.
A Hand for Each Occasion
Thing plays a big role in “Wednesday,” which means that a lot of work had to be done to make sure it looked proper. There were different hand models made for a variety of different things, such as standing, lying down, clenched, etcetera.
Each one had to have the same scars and stitching, and a lot of work had to go into giving Thing personality despite just being a hand. Credit Victor Dorobantu and Tim Burton every time you see this hand crawling along. Dorobantu had to move naturally, and effects had to be added to make it look properly scary and creepy.