Based on an Arthurian poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the story follows our hero’s adventure to confront a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger named The Green Knight (Ralph Ineson). Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) encounters giants, ghosts, schemers, and thieves that challenge his character throughout his quest.
Weta Digital contributed to the atmospheric landscapes and strange characters that underpin director David Lowry's surreal medieval vision.
We expanded environments with set extensions to emphasise the long journey and the sense of time passing. Castles, cities, and the wistful landscapes were augmented with traditional matte painting techniques, with added imperfections to make them look like old glass paintings.
Other scenes featured compositing with practical elements, like the giants crossing the valley (the actors were shot on green screen), the flaming head (a flaming prosthetic was shot separately on set), and the Green Knight's decapitation, which features a prosthetic head and practical blood splatters.
The talking fox is based on a taxidermied fox with a great backstory, designed to match the film's surrealism by not being over or under animated.