When "Thor: Ragnarok" began filming on the fourth of July, director Taiki Waititi celebrated by posting a picture of the set. While this image signaled the first day of filming, it also shed some light on significant contributors to the film, including Academy Award winning art designer Dan Hennah.
- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 4, 2016
According to the picture, Dan Hennah is the production designer on "Ragnarok," which is wonderful news, considering his extensive work on fantasy films in the past. Hennah previously worked with Peter Jackson on both the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" franchises. His work in art design on "Return of the King" earned him an Academy Award, which contributed to "King's" near sweep of the 2004 Oscars.
Hennah then continued to work with Jackson on "The Hobbit" as a production designer, which earned him an Oscar nomination for "An Unexpected Journey." Hennah also worked with Jackson on "King Kong," and most recently contributed to Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass."
Hennah is a perfect addition to the crew of "Thor: Ragnarok" because his specialty is fantastic, other-worldly locations. His experience designing Rivendale and Lothlorien, Gondor and Mirkwood in Tolkein's Middle Earth, will help bring Asgard and the threats of Ragnarok into glorious focus. Hennah is also known for building sets that are as life-like as possible, which will lend a visual authenticity to the story Waititi and writer Eric Pearson are telling.
"Thor Ragnarok" stars Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, and opens November 3, 2017.