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.
A Few Different Locations
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.
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.
We All Have to Make Sacrifices
While filming “Wednesday,” Jenna Ortega spent a lot of time in Romania, which does not have as many food options as she was going to find in the States. Ortega is vegan, but while filming for months in Romania, she had very few vegan dishes available.
Due to necessity, she temporarily switched to being a pescatarian – someone who will abstain from all meats, except for fish – in order to have something to eat. The only other option for her was to drop the role and head back to the United States, something that she definitely was not willing to do.
Leading the Way Into the Future
When you think about the Addams Family, you probably don't think of high-tech. Their clock is a wolverine, for Pete's sake. You might be surprised, then, to find out that they were the first television family to have a personal home computer. That's pretty advanced for a spooky family.
It wasn't exactly a laptop, but it still did computing right from home. This was even before Batman debuted the Batcave computer. The computer the Addams Family had was a UNIVAC, built by Gomez and Pugsley, and it was used to calculate a trip to the moon, predict horse races, and a few other things.