Filming is almost complete on Hocus Pocus 2, the Disney+ movie that brings Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy back as the Sanderson Sisters after almost 30 years. The highly anticipated sequel to the 1993 hit Hocus Pocus will hit the streaming platform in time for Halloween, and thanks to the eagle-eyed residents of Rhode Island, a number of behind-the-scenes images and videos have found their way onto the internet. As filming draws to a close, there’s been just enough time for a new image of Kathy Najimy getting ready for makeup and a video chat with production designer Nelson Coates to surface online.
The new image of Najimy, reprising her role as Mary in the sequel, shows the actress with three of the makeup artists who worked with her during filming, bringing her into character before filming. Shared by hocuspocusguide on Instagram, the image is one of many taken during filming since it began late last year and thanks to the makeup and mask-wearing hair crew, it will serve certainly a reminder of the tough times the cast and crew filmed around the changing rules of the pandemic.
In a video shared by the account, production designer Nelson Coates was asked about the challenges faced while filming, and it appears the biggest issues faced were related to the tight schedules of the film’s three lead actresses, who were available for a lot less time than necessary. Coates explained:
“I would say that actually the biggest challenge is the schedule and then the budget. Let’s say Hocus Pocus 2 that we’re doing right now, each of the ladies had such crazy schedules. They were only available for six weeks. Well, we needed twelve weeks to make the movie, so all of a sudden everything for me is loaded up front. I have to build all the sets for the whole movie so that we can shoot any scene or any part of a scene without them and then go back to those locations and sets and shoot their part of those scenes. Usually your biggest builds are towards the end, so you have time to design them, you have time to build and dress and do whatever you need to, and it was crazy because it was so loaded up front.
The purpose-built 1600s village of Hocus Pocus 2 was heartbreaking to demolish
Previous videos from Chase Farm, Rhode Island showed the 1600s village built specifically for the filming, which is set to feature in a flashback sequence involving child versions of the Sanderson sisters, and Coates later confessed that it was not not gone on purpose. back on set after filming, because he couldn’t bear to see it taken apart. He explained:
“I just built a Salem 1650 village in a park just north of Providence, and it’s huge, the whole period is accurate and some interiors and all that. It was very difficult to get it accomplished and to make it look good and it was so beautiful. After the last day we were shooting there, I didn’t go back there to see the shot because in my head it’s still there, and I don’t want to see it go away because it’s one of those.
With a few months before Hocus Pocus 2 lands on Disney+ later this year, fans are now ready to see official footage from the film after seeing so many hand-turned pieces over the past few months of filming. With a trailer likely not coming for a few months, the wait will be relatively short now until we see the Sandersons take to the skies for more magic and mayhem in a sequel many had begun to believe. that it would never be done.
The long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 has finally started rolling cameras in Rhode Island, as new set footage has given the best glimpse yet of its purpose-built 1600s village.
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