Challenge: Design and unleash demonic creatures worthy of the sequel’s bigger budget
Having won an Oscar for their work on “Pan’s Labyrinth,” professional partners David Marti and Montse Ribe had more time and money for “Hellboy II.” They also had more collaborators and less work to do.
Marti is quick to stress that many of their designs were ultimately built by other companies, such as the U.K.’s Creature Effects and Solution Studios. The bigger budget also allowed helmer Guillermo del Toro to finally use a Goblin King character designed for “Pan’s Labyrinth,” for which there was no time or money to create on that film.
“Guillermo makes you draw a lot of things, and then finally on the screen you see just some of the creatures, and then in the next movie you can find some of your designs,” Marti says. (A repeat appearance by the actual Pan creature was in the first script, but ultimately cut.)
One thing that was theirs start-to-finish, however, was the opening’s baby Hellboy creature, played by Ribe in her first film performance. The full-body makeup took six hours to apply and was so convincing, Ribe says, “Everybody who didn’t know me before without the makeup thought maybe I was a boy.”