IT’S the film expected to claim Oscars’ glory this weekend.
The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter, has already swept the board at the BAFTA’S.
And some of the Hollywood glamour could cascade as far as the University of Huddersfield.
Three fashion students are bursting with pride after their small part in the film’s production.
Now they are awaiting Sunday night’s awards festival, with The King’s Speech nominated in 12 categories.
Catherine Hibbert, Kara Bayer and Rosie Lorenz, who are all costume with textile students at the University of Huddersfield, had the chance to work behind the scenes of the award-winning film, when filming took place at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds.
They had an unusual task – dressing hundreds of the inflatable dummies brought in to film the crowd scenes as Colin Firth made a major speech.
The girls worked on a key scene, where Firth as King George VI, addresses a 1,500 strong crowd.
It was supposed to be at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924. However, of the 1,500 bodies in the crowd, only 300 were human extras – the rest were inflatable dummies.
“We worked on the set for five days in the week leading up to Christmas in 2009” said Catherine.
“Our lecturer Steve Harrington-Simpson brought the opportunity to the class’s attention and we were lucky enough to get chosen to do it.
“The dummies were just an inflatable torso and we had to put a face mask on them all and then dress them in period clothes.
“On the days they were filming we had to be on set at 5am, it was really cold and snowy.
“We had to make sure all the dummies were dressed and arranged properly and that all the male ones had trilby hats on, that the company had shipped in from the United States.
“We were sat right behind the cameras while Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter were filming. It was an amazing experience, even though we were working up to and over 12 hours a day in the freezing cold.
“We loved it”.
Supplied by Yorkshire-based firm, the Inflatable Crowd Company UK, the dummies are used to provide film makers with the ability to film large 3D crowd scenes on a budget.