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.
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.
Getting Every Detail Right
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.
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.
Always Some CGI
While “Wednesday” has far fewer computer graphics than a casual viewer might think, there was certainly some, and a lot of it came from the Hyde monster. Still, there's a real human being inside doing all the actual acting before the computer team wraps a creepy monster look around it.
Daniel Himschoot acted as the person behind the monster, and he had to do it while wearing a CGI suit and walking on special stilts. A few things like monster hands were also used to help the actors behave a little more naturally, but at the end of the day, it was still the computer that had to create the monster.