Final produced screenplay by Melissa Mathison prior to her death on November 4, 2015. This movie is dedicated to her as a tribute. The closing credits dedication reads: "FOR OUR MELISSA".

This movie had been in development for almost twenty-five years.

Producer and Director Steven Spielberg tried to convince Gene Wilder to make an appearance in this movie, but Wilder declined. Wilder played the title character in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), also based on a Roald Dahl book. Wilder died a month after this movie's release on August 29, 2016.

This marked the reunion of Producer and Director Steven Spielberg and Screenwriter Melissa Mathison, following their celebrated collaboration on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

John Williams returned to score this movie. He had not worked on Steven Spielberg's previous movie Bridge of Spies (2015). Only two other times in forty-two years have the pair not worked together on a theatrical movie.

This marks the first time in his fifty years as a filmmaker that Steven Spielberg directed a full-length movie for Walt Disney Pictures.

Steven Spielberg had always wanted to direct this movie, since when he first read the original novel "I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney's original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in Dumbo (1941), Fantasia (1940), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Cinderella (1950), and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book."

This is the second filmed adaptation of a Roald Dahl novel to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The first being James and the Giant Peach (1996).

The Queen (Dame Penelope Wilton) makes a call to Nancy asking for Ronnie only to find that he was asleep. This is a reference to Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan, the latter of whom known for taking naps regularly while in office.

This movie took place in September 1983.

It was on the first day of filming Bridge of Spies (2015), Producer and Director Steven Spielberg's dramatic Cold War thriller, that Spielberg realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet, but simple giant depicted in this movie. While Spielberg was aware of Rylance's profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day. "Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling", said Spielberg, "and while he is one of the greatest stage actors ever, it was the Mark in between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything." Spielberg continued, "I could have made 'The BFG' with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super-photo-realistic."

Originally, this movie was to be produced by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy in 1991 by Paramount Pictures, with husband and wife Screenwriters Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan on-board and Robin Williams in mind for the title role.

According to The New Yorker Magazine: "During principal photography, in Vancouver, in the spring of 2015, Melissa Mathison was on the set every day, handing cards to the director with the day's scene on it - a practice carried over from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) that encouraged Steven Spielberg to detach from the script in its entirety. "Melissa was so inspirational for me on 'E.T.' because she had this technique that I'd never used before, and I've only done it with Melissa", Spielberg says. "She said, 'Why don't you leave your script at home and just focus on the day's work?' So she wrote out the day's work on three-by-five cards, and printed the cards and gave me a copy. 'If you really need to see the script, the continuity person is sitting just over there.' I always carry the script with me all the time, and she weaned me of holding my script like Linus' security blanket. When we did 'The BFG', I looked at Melissa and she said, 'Steve, are you ready to get back to the cards?' I went, 'Really, Melissa?' 'Yes, I think we need to keep a continuity between the last time we worked and this time', so I went right to the cards."

For this movie, Producer and Director Steven Spielberg relied on Simulcam, an idea originally created by Writer, Producer, and Director James Cameron for Avatar (2009). Simulcam is the process of combining real world actors, actresses, and sets with actors, actresses, and sets that are computer-generated. Weta Digital's Joe Letteri explains: "With Simulcam, we can pre-record a performance and then play it back through the camera monitor so that the camera operators could actually see the virtual performance unfolding in real time as they're photographing the live-action scene. By combining the two, they're able to make decisions and frame and actually even cue actions based on what's happening in the virtual world." This new process afforded Spielberg the opportunity to film actors and actresses in performance capture suits acting on the same set with the human characters, and it was especially important to Spielberg that Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance have interaction with one another.

Halfway through the movie, there is a shot which transitions from the eye of the giant, to a sunset, with the BFG walking towards it. This shot is a re-creation of a shot from the animated The BFG (1987).

The movie's source novel "The BFG" is dedicated to the book's author Roald Dahl's late daughter, Olivia, who passed away due to measles encephalitis at the age of seven in 1962, twenty years before the book was published.

For Bill Hader, watching Producer and Director Steven Spielberg at work was a dream come true. Hader said: "Steven is so calm and friendly on-set, and he makes something incredibly complicated look incredibly simple."

In the scene where the BFG (Mark Rylance) is enjoying breakfast that the Queen's (Dame Penelope Wilton's) men had prepared for him, he positively describes it as "scrumdiddlyumptious". This word was used as part of the name to a chocolate bar in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971), which was also based on a Roald Dahl story.

In 2009, DreamWorks Pictures entered into a long-term, thirty-movie negotiation with The Walt Disney Company, which the movies will be released through Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner. While this movie was originally going to be distributed through Touchstone, Disney decided to join production as a co-producer and co-financier, and switched this movie to a Walt Disney Pictures release instead, citing on the original story's magic and heartwarming appeal. DreamWorks Pictures is not to be confused with the more well-known DreamWorks Animation. The two were formerly sister companies until they split in 2004 while retaining the rights to share the name and logo. As such, to avoid viewer confusion, the DreamWorks name and logo will not be credited on release prints and on ads. Instead they will be replaced by those of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

A children's promotional leaflet for the movie suggests "whenever any member of your family has a dream, encourage him or her to write it down and put it in the Dream Jar. Then at the end of each month, read the dreams aloud with the whole family."

Rather than capturing the bones of the performances separately and then merging the human and digital performances in post-production, the filmmakers chose to enlist the support of Weta Digital's Joe Letteri and his talented team of artists to devise an entirely new process that would be as close to live-action shooting as possible. As a result, production was a hybrid style of filmmaking using a blend of live-action and performance capture techniques to bring the story's fantastical characters to life, all on real sets that were built specifically for this movie.

This movie marks the first produced theatrical movie screenplay written by Melissa Mathison in nineteen years. Mathison's last filmed script had been for Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997). In between, Mathison is credited for the character of E.T. in the video game Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2001).

The source novel "The BFG" (1982) by Roald Dahl is an expanded version of one of Dahl's short stories from his earlier book "Danny, the Champion of the World" (1975).

The movie's source Roald Dahl novel "The BFG" (1982) was ranked at the number eighty-eight spot of all-time Top 100 Children's Novels by the monthly American "School Library Journal" in 2012. "The BFG" (1982) is the fourth Dahl novel to be included in their hundred list, more than any other author.

DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Steven Spielberg): (fathers): BFG and Sophie grew up fatherless.

Once the screenplay was completed, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison remained involved with this movie throughout principal photography. Producer and Director Steven Spielberg occasionally needs to make changes to the script while filming and wants the writer's voice there to bring the characters alive. Spielberg said: "Melissa was there on the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) set every day, and every day on The BFG. So I've been very fortunate to bookend our relationship with two stories that came from her heart." Spielberg continues: "I have not had a chance to mourn Melissa, because she's been so vibrant and real to me, in the cutting room, on the scoring stage, in the dubbing room, she's just always been there with me, so because of that, it's going to be hard when I have to let The BFG go, because then I have to let Melissa go, too."

According to Producer and Director Steven Spielberg, he was raised on Grimm Fairytales, and they were very dark and very frightening with no redeeming social value, whatsoever. Spielberg said: "They were almost object lessons for kids, but (Roald) Dahl and (Walt) Disney both subscribed to the precepts of children's folklore and embraced the darkness, because what is a fairy-tale without a dark center? Without that dark center, where is the redemption, and how do you bring all of us out from the bowels of a nightmare into the most beautiful, enchanting dream we'd ever seen?"

Two of the BFG's dream jars are labelled "I is naked at work" and "I is naked at wedding", respectively.

Of the scenes that the late Screenwriter Melissa Mathison saw, Producer and Director Steven Spielberg said: "I don't normally invite people to the cutting room, but I was so excited about the results that we were getting that I asked Melissa to come up and see some of this footage. She didn't get to see the whole movie, but she saw about seven complete sequences that were representative of the entire film; the entire opening in the orphanage, she saw all of Dream Country before the effects were in, she saw at least half of the Queen's breakfast, and she saw some small interstitial scenes."

At one point during the movie's long gestation and development, the late Robin Williams was touted to star as the BFG (the Big Friendly Giant). Williams starred as Peter Pan/Peter Panning in Steven Spielberg's movie Hook (1991), which debuted in theaters the same year that Producer Kathleen Kennedy first acquired the rights to the source Roald Dahl novel "The BFG" (1982). Williams also voiced the character of Dr. Know in Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).

This movie was one of the most beautiful and curious experiences in his career, according to Steven Spielberg. He explained: "Curious because when I first walked onto the stages and I saw the different levels of complexity and the technology that was required to realize even a single shot, I was, for the first time since Jaws (1975), completely overwhelmed. I wasn't sure exactly how to pull it off, but I'm so grateful for the artistry and generosity of the extraordinary people whose creativity, precision, and spirit of invention made it possible."

"The BFG" is the seventh Roald Dahl children's novel to be made into an American/Hollywood filmed adaptation. Earlier movies have been Matilda (1996), The Witches (1990) (a U.S. and U.K. co-production), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), James and the Giant Peach (1996) (a U.S. and U.K. co-production); the earlier The BFG (1987) (a British production), and two versions of the same novel: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). Danny the Champion of the World (1989), an English television movie, received a theatrical release in some territories.

The thirtieth theatrical movie of Producer and Director Steven Spielberg.

When Roald Dahl wrote "The BFG", he named the lead child character Sophie after his granddaughter, actress and model Sophie Dahl. The character is portrayed in this movie by Ruby Barnhill.

Mark Rylance appreciated the great care and detail that went into these sets, some of which were created exclusively to give the actors, actresses, and the filmmakers a tactile feel for the worlds they were exploring. Rylance said "A lot of what was created will never be seen by the audience. It was just there to encourage a sense of playfulness for us, and for Steven Spielberg as well."

"The BFG" (1982) children's novel is enormously popular around the world, and to date has been published in forty-one languages. It was also Roald Dahl's own favorite of all of his stories. While the author passed away in 1990 at the age of seventy-four, the producers forged a relationship with his widow and had many conversations about how important the book was to Dahl and whether or not a movie was even realistic. Producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "We talked a lot about whether it would be better as animation or live-action, because at the time, none of the technology that we were talking about using even existed."

According to the Wonderful World of Roald Dahl website, "Gobblefunk" can be defined as"Roald Dahl's own language". It states: "the words are found across his literature and explain meaning when Dahl's dreamworld transcends normal adjectives."

Reportedly, Ruby Barnhill's salary for this movie was eighty-five thousand dollars.

In the sixteenth century, the Earl of Oxford flatulated in the presence of Queen Elizabeth I, and went into self-imposed exile for seven years.

Screenwriter Melissa Mathison visited Gipsy House, source novelist Roald Dahl's home in Buckinghamshire, England, on numerous occasions, where she was given access to the author's library and study. There, she explored the life and works of this extraordinary writer so as to chart her own path into the wild, funny, and rich landscape of his imagination, which provided her with a foundation for capturing the spirit of Dahl's adventure, further honing its sense of place and capturing the relationship at its heart in ways that would build upon and honor his 1982 book "The BFG".

Before her breakout role in Stranger Things (2016), Millie Bobby Brown auditioned and was on the shortlist for the role of Sophie.

Dame Penelope Wilton (The Queen) said of the Buckingham Palace Grand Ballroom set: "It is an absolute replica of the actual ballroom with the same carpet and paintings that are in the palace itself. But they also designed the Queen's bedroom which had this incredible woodwork and gold filling in the plaster-work and looks absolutely marvelous."

This movie also marks the first Walt Disney Pictures production since Dragonslayer (1981) to be co-produced by another major studio. In the case of Dragonslayer (1981), it was a joint production between Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures.

This marks the first movie co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media since The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), when Caspian's difficult production and artistic issues soured the relationship between the two studios then.

Producer and Director Steven Spielberg and Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's first movie shot digitally.

This marks the first Steven Spielberg-directed movie to feature a female protagonist since The Color Purple (1985), as well a child protagonist since A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).

Steven Spielberg has been a fan of source novelist Roald Dahl for years. In fact, Spielberg read "The BFG" (1982) children's novel to his own children when they were younger. Spielberg said: "It's a story about friendship, it's a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it's a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems." Dahl created stories to tell his children and grandchildren, but was always hesitant to write any of them down, something with which Spielberg could relate. Spielberg added: "When I told my kids stories that they were especially fond of, they would beg me to make a movie about it. Fortunately, Dahl did eventually agree to share his stories with the world, and we're all the better because of it."

Steven Spielberg said of Production Designer Rick Carter: "Carter did an amazing job. He designed everything from the most amazing, Dickensian cobblestone streets to a grand ballroom in Buckingham Palace, which we built practically."

A quote from Roald Dahl featured in a children's promotional flier for this movie. It goes: "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

Some of the colorful character names in the movie included The Manhugger, The Bonecruncher, The Maidmasher, The Childchewer, The Meatdripper, The Gizzardgulper, and The Fleshlumpeater.

For scenes on the over-scale set featuring Sophie and the BFG in the same shot, the filmmakers built a two-story scaffolding structure on which Mark Rylance stood with a performance-capture camera floating in front of his face to allow eye contact and true rapport.

At the center of the production's challenge to enable the characters to act within the same environment, was veteran Production Designer Rick Carter who said: "The goal was to create as intimate a space where Steven Spielberg could work with the actors and the actors could relate to one another, so that technology would not be an obstruction to Steven's direction or take any authenticity away from the performances." As a result, Carter and his co-Production Designer Rob Stromberg went to great lengths to accommodate three different worlds for three different-sized beings, in some cases duplicating sets three times over. There was a set for the fifty-foot tall giants, for the twenty-four-foot tall BFG, and a huge, over-scale set with big over-scale props for Sophie to make her look small. Fortunately, Mark Rylance had a tremendous amount of faith in the story and, Ruby Barnhill, a tremendous amount of faith in her imagination. Carter added: "Between Mark's belief in story and how to perform the story, and Ruby's belief that everything is possible, both of those actors made this world of evolved technology disappear so that they could give each other the most authentic performances."

Adam Godley appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which was also based on a Roald Dahl novel.

Theatrical movie debut of Ruby Barnhill (Sophie).

The rank of The Bloodbottler was second-in-command to The Fleshlumpeater whose rank was the unofficial leader of all the giants in Giant Country.

The BFG, at twenty-four-feet-tall, is the smallest of the giants in Giant Country, his brothers range in size from thirty-nine feet to fifty-two feet. But the BFG is also the kindest. He speaks Gobblefunk, reads Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby" by Roald Dahl's Chickens and catches dreams which he shares with children as they sleep. Screenwriter Melissa Mathison said: "Even though he detests Snozzcumber, he eats it, almost as if contrition for the fact that his fellow giants eat children. The BFG is a vegetable-eating, peaceful giant".

Twenty-fourth music score for a Steven Spielberg movie that was composed by John Williams.

Of utmost importance to the filmmakers was remaining faithful to Roald Dahl's voice, keeping consistent with the author's rhythm, language, and interaction between his characters, all of which were uniquely his. Screenwriter Melissa Mathison said: "I tried to use Dahl's dialogue verbatim as much as possible. We didn't want to tamper with the tone."

Mark Rylance was immediately inspired by Melissa Mathison's screenplay, and said: "Melissa added some twists and turns and made Dahl's original story much more dramatic, in a way that gives you more of a chance to see the friendship develop. He is just misunderstood. The BFG and Sophie are both isolated beings, and they find a friend who understands them, maybe better than they do, and those are the best kind of friends. That's part of the great love and friendship they have for each other."

The first Disney movie directed by Steven Spielberg. He said, "I have directed films at every studio except Disney. So this was the first time that I got to make a picture that has Sleeping Beauty (1959)'s castle and Disney embossed on the beginning and the end of the picture, and I'm really proud of that."

This movie was released twenty-nine years after the first filmed adaptation of Roald Dahl's source novel of the same name, The BFG (1987).

Director John Madden was originally set to direct, but decided to focus on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) instead. He remained involved in the production as an Executive Producer. Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998) beat Producer and Director Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) for the Best Picture Academy Award in 1998, Spielberg's movie winning five Oscars, and Madden's movie winning seven.

In 2007, an on-line survey by the American National Education Association (N.E.A.) of the U.S. listed the source novel "The BFG" (1982) as one of "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children".

"The BFG" marked somewhat of a departure for Producer and Director Steven Spielberg, who explained: "I've been very blessed to have had all kinds of beautiful experiences telling stories. I'm hesitant to emphasize one story over the other because they have all had tremendous value to me. But I think the number of historical movies that I've been making, films like Lincoln (2012), Bridge of Spies (2015), and then going further back to films like Amistad (1997) and Schindler's List (1993), have kept me fettered to the accuracy of telling a historical story. So being able to escape into the world of dreams and imaginations has been a dream in itself. That makes 'The BFG' special, because it was my escape into what I think I kind of do best, which is just let my imagination run away with itself."

When reading Roald Dahl's source novel, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison was drawn to the bond between the characters of Sophie and the BFG. Mathison said: "It is a very sweet relationship, but they actually start off a little combative and are suspicious of one another and even have their own little power struggles. But from the moment they have a plan and move forward as partners, there's just so much love between them. It's a wonderful little love story."

Alongside the traditional sets, sets the audience would see exactly as they were shot and lit, were the "partially-real sets". These were the spaces Sophie would inhabit with the BFG, which would then be enhanced and completed later on in post-production. These included: the mist-covered magical land known as "Dream Country" where Sophie and the BFG go dream-catching; a vast hilly landscape with knotted tree roots covered in mossy greens; and the bleak and terrifying Giant Country, desolate, barren, and strewn with the remains of the plunder from the Giants' lethal treks into the world of human beans. Weta Digital's Joe Letteri said: "Even though we created a virtual world, there's a live-action counterpart to everything that we do as well. And so it's great to be able to work with people like (Production Designer) Rick Carter, who can take that skill set of knowing how to design a fantastic world and get it to work in a physical sense and still be able to apply it to the virtual set."

The height of the BFG (the Big Friendly Giant), played byMark Rylance, was twenty-four feet, the height of The Gizzardgulper (Chris Gibbs) was thirty-nine feet; the height of The Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) was forty-three feet; and the height of The Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) was fifty feet. The height range of the giants in Giant Country ranged between twenty-four and fifty-two-feet with the BFG's brothers all standing between thirty-nine and fifty-two feet. The height of Roald Dahl at his peak stood six feet six inches-tall, Dahl being somewhat of a giant in real-life. Also, publicity for this movie declared that Mark Rylance is "a giant himself". Another one of Dahl's stories which has been filmed is called James and the Giant Peach (1996).

Included in the expansive traditional sets were the high ceilings and royal reds and golds of Buckingham Palace; the quaint Scandinavian home where Sophie and the BFG travel to deliver good dreams to a small boy and his family; the dark and forgotten orphanage on a cobblestone London street lined with small shops and gas street lamps; and the lonely interior of the dormitory where Sophie's adventure with the BFG begins. And these sets were all within footsteps of one another. Executive Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger said: "It was like having access to your own little Disneyland."

Due to several production companies and resulting territorial ownerships, this is one of Steven Spielberg's first movies to be distributed by independent companies in some major territories.

According to The New Yorker Magazine, the diagnosis of late Screenwriter Melissa Mathison's neuroendocrine cancer, was "an illness that was only diagnosed as production of the movie neared its end."

The source novel was ranked at the number fifty-three spot in the BBC's 2003 two-stage poll of British citizens called "The Big Read" in order to find the British "Nation's Best-loved Novel".

The creative team is comprised of some of Steven Spielberg's longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar winning Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar winning Production Designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar winning Editor Michael Kahn, ACE; Oscar nominated Costume Designer Joanna Johnston, and legendary five-time Oscar winning Composer John Williams.

The performance-capture sets were constructed to accommodate the difference in size between the BFG and his bullying brothers, so that Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, and their gang of goliaths crouched and squeezed themselves into the grey-scale model of the BFG's cave, acting to a rag doll-sized BFG while Mark Rylance performed off camera , or, if space allowed, made himself small enough to crouch and provide his fellow actors with eye contact.

The BFG has drawings that his previous abducted child had drawn. They showed the child and the BFG together. The drawings are Danny, from "Danny, the Champion of the World". In that book, Danny's father tells him a bedtime story about the BFG, and Danny mentions he would like to meet him someday.

Publicity for this movie stated that it brings together "the talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers". They are Roald Dahl, Steven Spielberg, and Walt Disney (the latter who was the creator of the studio that produced this movie).

Roald Dahl and Walt Disney met in April of 1943 to discuss several projects, one of which was "The Gremlins", one of Dahl's first stories. The movie was eventually shelved, but was later released as a book by Disney and Random House with all proceeds going to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The book went on, however, to serve as inspiration for Gremlins (1984), which, coincidentally, was produced by Steven Spielberg, director of this movie.

According to the Wikipedia website, Steven Spielberg's company "DreamWorks does not receive a marquee credit-placement of the studio's production logo on marketing materials nor the film's opening titles, and instead is represented by (Spielberg's) Amblin (company), although DreamWorks still serves as a copyright holder for the film."

Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy first began development of a theatrical movie adaptation in the 1990s.

Impressive were all the magical and inventive props adorning each set, some of which existed in two and sometimes three different scales. Included on some of these sets were items that the BFG and the other giants had re-purposed for their own use. Things like a bench made from the wings of a fighter plane; a sword for use as a needle; a pitchfork and shovel as a fork and a spoon; a bathtub for a bowl; a fire hose as a belt; a ship's porthole as a magnifying glass; a broom handle as a fountain pen and many others.

The movie opened "in cinemas on June 30, 2016, the year that marks the 100th Anniversary of (Roald) Dahl's birth" as outlined on the movie's official website. Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Rebecca Hall has a very personal connection to Roald Dahl's source novel. Hall said: "As a child, it was the first book I was able to read by myself. Around that same time, I also did a TV program in London where I played a character named Sophie, and even though it had nothing to do with the book, I have distinct memories of fantasizing that I was actually the Sophie from 'The BFG' (book)."

There was an extensive search and casting call conducted to cast the lead female role of Sophie.

Steven Spielberg said, "Actors need each other to act together. It all comes down to the actors being able to look each other in the eye." Mark Rylance added, "It's why we look in other people's eyes when we're speaking with them. If you're speaking with someone you can't see, it's much more difficult to know how to phrase it or how to express it."

The height of the BFG (the Big Friendly Giant) was twenty-four feet.

Principal photography commenced in the spring of 2015 on the outskirts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in an old warehouse where the huge, dark spaces became stages on which to construct the sets.

First the producers needed a screenwriter to spin Roald Dahl's delightfully simple book into a full-length screenplay, someone with a special skill and instinct for children's stories, and for that they turned to friend and colleague Melissa Mathison. "Melissa was the first and only writer we thought of", said Kathleen Kennedy. "Her gifts as a writer and her particular sensibility were essential to bringing Dahl's visionary tale to life."

Director Steven Spielberg's first novel re-adaptation since War of the Worlds (2005), which was a new adaptation of the novel by H.G. Wells. The earlier version of this movie was The BFG (1987).

The movie was filmed in the spring of 2015 and debuted in theaters in 2016, which was the 35th Anniversary year of when Producer and Director Steven Spielberg's classic movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), had been filmed during a sixty-one day shoot between September and the end of December 1981.

Steven Spielberg was constantly moving from set to set, deftly balancing a variety of filmmaking techniques on different stages in a space that encompassed more than three thousand square feet. In-between set-ups, Spielberg could slip into one of two small tents on the stages where a dozen display screens fanned out. Here, he could design, construct, and re-frame his shots using the small handheld virtual camera.

For some foreign versions of this movie (at least French, even for the subtitled versions) all text appearing in the movie is translated not only what is written on paper, but also elements of the sets. For example, at the entrance door of the orphanage, you see "Orphelinat".

Sophie is from an orphanage, and the BFG's favorite book is Charles Dickens' "Nicolas Nickleby", which is about an appalling boarding-house school.

This movie was released thirty-four years after its source novel was published.

Of Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Weta Digital's Joe Letteri said: "Janusz is someone who sees light in a way that is unlike anybody I have ever encountered, and in a way that I certainly don't fully understand. Our conversations as to what to bring to this movie are on levels that allow him to see into the darkness, and then to see its relationship to light and to then find the nuances between the two as to where the light and shadows truly interact with one another. Janusz really paints with light, and once everyone saw the sets fully lit, it was truly magical. They were better than we could have ever imagined."

The source novel was also adapted as a stage play by David Wood. It debuted in 1991 at the Wimbledon Theatre.

The two small on-set soundstage tents were originally set up as a means for Steven Spielberg to view coverage of his performance-capture footage. However, his skill and enthusiasm soon rendered the tents into a hub of discovery that further bridged the gaps between traditional filmmaking and the twenty-first century digital processes.

When reading Roald Dahl's book, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison was drawn to the bond between Sophie and the BFG. "It is a very sweet relationship", she said, "But they actually start off a little combative and are suspicious of one another and even have their own little power struggles. But from the moment they have a plan and move forward as partners, there's just so much love between them. It's a wonderful little love story." Mathison visited Gipsy House, Dahl's house in Buckinghamshire, England, on numerous occasions, where she was given access to the author's library and study. There, she explored the life and works of this extraordinary writer so as to chart her own path into the wild, funny, and rich landscape of his imagination, which provided her with a foundation for capturing the spirit of Dahl's adventure, further honing its sense of place and capturing the relationship at its heart in ways that would build upon and honor "The BFG".

Producer Frank Marshall said: "Roald Dahl's stories are not just happy-go-lucky fantasies. There's a lot of humor to them, but there's also a little bit of a dark side. He walks on the edge. They're a little scary, and I think that's what appeals to people." Producer and Director Steven Spielberg added: "It was very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light, which was so much Walt Disney's original signature in a lot of his earlier works like Dumbo (1941), Fantasia (1940), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Cinderella (1950). Being able to be scary and redemptive at the same time, and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone. It was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book."

This movie screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, where it world premiered.

The name of the green-colored fizzy drink in Giant Country that the BFG drank was "Frobscottle".

This movie was released in several formats including standard 2-D, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3-D, and IMAX 3-D.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) has always been Steven Spielberg's favorite Disney movie. This movie was the first Disney movie directed by Spielberg. Spielberg said of his favorite Disney classic movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) : "I saw it in a movie theater during its ninth revival when I was only seven or eight years old and it really stuck with me. I can still remember being so frightened and terrified, but at the same time, so satisfied with that amazing ending."

Third and final cinema movie collaboration of Producer and Director Steven Spielberg and Screenwriter Melissa Mathison. The first was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and the second was the second segment, titled "Kick the Can", of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), on which she was a co-Writer, and billed as "Josh Rogan".

This was the third Steven Spielberg-directed theatrical movie to feature an acronym as or part of the title after A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). It's his first one not to explain the meaning of the letters, i.e. The Big Friendly Giant.

According to Weta Digital's Joe Letteri, whose relationship with Steven Spielberg dates back to Jurassic Park (1993), when he worked as a Computer Graphics Artist, "We wanted to allow Steven to be able to work as Steven, to utilize all the elements he brings to the process: his creative team, live-action sets, lighting and costumes, while simultaneously creating a virtual world. For much of the film, Sophie is a little girl in this land of fantasy which is inhabited by giants, but we gave Steven the ability to shoot the movie as if the whole thing was live-action so as to bridge the gap between the virtual worlds and the digital worlds." Previous movies featuring performance-capture technology like Avatar (2009) or The Adventures of Tintin (2011) were shot on a very sparse set where the actors and actresses had to imagine their surroundings.

Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "Steven Spielberg has always gravitated towards stories about families, which is one of the reasons his films have resonated with so many people." "The BFG" movie and source novel is the story of the two lonely souls who, in finding one another, create their own home in the world, which is a consistent thread in Spielberg's rich body of work.

Young actress Ruby Barnhill learned six pages of dialogue in preparation for her audition for the lead female role of Sophie.

Steven Spielberg has been a fan of Roald Dahl for years, and had read the book to his own children when they were younger. "It's a story about friendship, it's a story about loyalty and protecting your friends, and it's a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems", he said. Dahl created stories to tell his children and grandchildren, but was always hesitant to write any of them down, something with which Spielberg could relate. "When I told my kids stories that they were especially fond of, they would beg me to make a movie about it", Spielberg says. "Fortunately, Dahl did eventually agree to share his stories with the world, and we're all the better because of it."

Dame Penelope Wilton and Rafe Spall appeared in Shaun of the Dead (2004).

The look of this movie was heavily inspired by the original artwork from the book, which was completed by Quentin Blake. In fact, the poster almost exactly matches the first edition's book cover.

One of numerous collaborations of Editor Michael Kahn and Producer and Director Steven Spielberg.

Both of the movie's writers, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison and source novelist Roald Dahl, had died by the time that this movie debuted in theaters in 2016, Dahl in 1990, and Mathison towards the end of production during late 2015.

According to Executive Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, who previously collaborated with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln (2012) and Bridge of Spies (2015), "the thing that was most important to Steven was that the actors believed where they were and that they could exclude from their peripheral vision everything going on around them."

Though trailers stated that this movie is from Disney and Steven Spielberg, movie posters didn't reflect this specific first time collaboration, and also specifically stated that this movie is a "A Steven Spielberg film" like many of his other movies, only that this movie is from the creators of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Matilda (1996), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the latter two titles specifically referring to source novelist Roald Dahl.

The twenty-four-foot-tall BFG also appeared in another Roald Dahl novel - "Danny, the Champion of the World" (1975) - which has also been filmed. Dahl's novel "The BFG" was published in 1982.

"The BFG" book is enormously popular around the world, and to date has been published in forty-one languages. It was also Roald Dahl's own favorite of all of his stories. While the author died in 1990 at the age of seventy-four, the producers forged a relationship with his widow and had many conversations about how important the book was to Dahl and whether or not a movie was even realistic. "We talked a lot about whether it would be better as animation or live-action, because at the time, none of the technology that we were talking about using even existed", explained Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy.

The movie world premiered on May 14, 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival, which was in the 26th Anniversary year of the death of Roald Dahl who died on November 23, 1990.

The environments created on the vast stages of the warehouse needed to do much more than solely accommodate the vastly different scales of the characters. Production Designer Rick Carter and his team worked especially hard to ensure that the environments in which the performances unfolded were as beautiful, frightening, and rich as possible. Weta Digital's Joe Letteri explains: "When Mark Rylance is on-set and performing, he's performing in a facsimile of his real world, in his cave with his fireplace and table, his chair, and the boat in which he sleeps."

For Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy, the sets conveyed a sense of timelessness, which was very much in synch with Roald Dahl's original story. She said: "Dahl was telling a universal story, and, one of the key reasons that we built these sets is to give the film that slightly other worldly quality. You might recognize a street corner or a building or notice an architectural style that feel familiar, but you can't quite pinpoint it, and that's what allows you to escape into this kind of fairy-tale world."

It was partially due to the extraordinary contributions of Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski that the magic on-screen looks as beautiful as it does. Kaminski was instrumental in lighting all the practical sets where the live-action scenes were shot and the virtual sets being used to shoot scenes with performance-capture technology so they were seamlessly integrated.

According to Steven Spielberg, he was raised on Grimm Fairytales, and they were very dark and very frightening with no redeeming social value, whatsoever. Spielberg said: "They were almost object lessons for kids, but Roald Dahl and Walt Disney both subscribed to the precepts of children's folklore and embraced the darkness, because what is a fairy-tale without a dark center? Without that dark center, where is the redemption, and how do you bring all of us out from the bowels of a nightmare into the most beautiful, enchanting dream we'd ever seen?"

Fifteenth of sixteen cinema movie collaborations of features films directed by Steven Spielberg and lensed by Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski who also shot one of Spielberg's next movies, Ready Player One (2018).

A tagline for the film states "From the human beans that created E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)". "Human beans" is source novelist Roald Dahl-speak that pretty obviously means "human beings" as defined also in the BFG Glossary in a children's promotional pamphlet for this movie. Five personnel who worked on this movie worked on E.T. when it was filming during late 1981. They were Producer and Director Steven Spielberg, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison, Composer John Williams, and Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.

Sophie was ten-years-old.

Second cinema movie version of Roald Dahl's source novel "The BFG" (1982). The first version was The BFG (1987), made by Cosgrove Hall Productions for The Cannon Group, Inc.

The name of the cucumber like non-delectable vegetable that the vegetarian BFG ate was a vegetable called a "Snozzcumber".

Of the props and prop-work in this movie, Steven Spielberg said: "There was so much love put into every prop. So much thought put into something as simple as the BFG's bag, which (Production Designer) Rick Carter created to resemble a big doctor's bag. Of course the bag carries his dreams, but the dreams are kind of like medicine for the kids who are in need of them, and the bag was stitched together in a Frankensteinian way to almost resemble a patchwork quilt."

Production Designer Rick Carter said of Producer and Director Steven Spielberg: "With The BFG, Steven is able to return to the innocence he had explored earlier in his career. He's a grandfather now, he's both the BFG and the innocent young person. But this is a story that taps into everybody's childhood experience of things that come out of the dark and what those things are about."

Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were familiar with many of source author Roald Dahl's other books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach", and "Matilda" which have sold over two hundred million copies worldwide, but neither had read "The BFG". The above-mentioned stories have been filmed (The BFG (1987), Matilda (1996), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and James and the Giant Peach (1996)). It wasn't until a chance encounter on the set of Milk Money (1994) that Kennedy read "The BFG" (1982) novel for herself.

Steven Spielberg's first family/children's movie since The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Spielberg is famed for, amongst other movies, for directing the classic family/children's movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were familiar with many of Roald Dahl''s other books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach", and "Matilda" which have sold over two hundred million copies worldwide, but neither had read "The BFG". The above-mentioned stories have all been filmed prior to this. It wasn't until a chance encounter on the set of Milk Money (1994) that Kennedy read "The BFG" (1982) novel for herself and realized that Steven Spielberg, their long-time friend, colleague, and collaborator, was just the person to appreciate the scope, playfulness, and sheer invention of the book.

One of the roles of production design is to create environments and places that evoke something about, not only the storyline and the characters, but the themes of the movie as well. As such, the production crafted worlds within worlds where Producer and Director Steven Spielberg could create his vision for Roald Dahl's source story. Production Designer Rick Carter said: "Steven started off with a very intimate process, just a computer and a few people in a room. And then we came to a big space and expanded it while still trying to keep it as intimate as possible."

Just as the filmmakers anticipated, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison took a personal approach to the material, maintaining the relationship between the scrappy orphan and the word-jumbly giant as they took on their big adventure from Roald Dahl's source novel. Mathison said: "My imagination was invested in the two of them. Everything needed to be centered on their relationship." Steven Spielberg said: "Melissa took Dahl's book and did the most extraordinary but faithful translation, with a magic only Melissa possesses."

Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy first acquired the rights to the literary property of Roald Dahl's source novel "The BFG" (1982) in 1991. This was two years after the animated version The BFG (1987) of the story had been first broadcast on ITV1 in the U.K., and nine years after Dahl's book "The BFG" was published.

First live-action 3-D feature film of Steven Spielberg, whose previous only other feature film available in 3-D, The Adventures of Tintin (2011), was a CGI animated feature film.

Crew personnel who worked on this movie and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) include Producer and Director Steven Spielberg, Screenwriter Melissa Mathison, Composer John Williams, Music and Sound Scoring Mixer and Recordist Shawn Murphy, who worked on the 2002 re-recording of "E.T.", Visual Plate Supervisor Ryan Cook, who worked as a development CG artist for Industrial Light & Magic on the 2002 Special Edition of "E.T.", as well as Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.

Publicity for this movie stated that it brings together "the talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers". They are Roald Dahl, Steven Spielberg, and Walt Disney (the latter who is the creator of the studio that produced this movie).

On the casting of Sophie, Steven Spielberg said that they "have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill."

Roald Dahl's "The BFG" (The Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since. Dahl's books, which also include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach", and "Matilda", are currently available in fifty-eight languages and have sold over two hundred million copies worldwide. Originally created as a bedtime story, "The BFG" (1982) was Dahl's own favorite of all of his stories. Steven Spielberg said: "It was very important for us to be loyal to the language and the great writer Melissa Mathison, who also wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), wrote The BFG."

Rather than capturing the bones of the performances separately and then merging the human and digital performances in post-production, the filmmakers chose to enlist the support of Weta Digital's Joe Letteri and his talented team of artists to devise an entirely new process that would be as close to live-action shooting as possible. As a result, production on this movie was a hybrid style of filmmaking using a blend of live-action and performance capture techniques to bring the story's fantastical characters to life, all on real sets that were built specifically for this movie.

The producers needed a screenwriter to spin Roald Dahl's 1982 novel of "The BFG" into a full-length screenplay, someone with a special skill and instinct for children's stories, and for that they turned to friend and colleague Melissa Mathison, who had penned E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) for Producer and Director Steven Spielberg. Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "Melissa was the first and only writer we thought of. Her gifts as a writer and her particular sensibility were essential to bringing Dahl's visionary tale to life."

Roald Dahl's beloved mother was named Sophie, and was outstandingly kind-hearted and feistily-determined in nature; thus Dahl's choice of the unwaveringly-dedicated heroine's name.

The filmmakers were all in agreement that the movie felt like a hybrid between a classic Disney movie and a movie from Amblin Entertainment, the latter being the production company that Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall founded in 1981. So they were thrilled when the studio green-lit this movie in the spring of 2015, making it the first Walt Disney Pictures movie to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Kathleen Kennedy said: "There's a level of expectation that fans and audiences of Walt Disney movies expect. And we're proud to have the film attached to such a studio."

Steven Spielberg said of Mark Rylance's being cast in the movie at the time of casting: "Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I'm honored he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance."

The producers needed a screenwriter to spin Roald Dahl's book into a full-length screenplay, someone with a special skill and instinct for children's stories, and for that they turned to friend and colleague Melissa Mathison. Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "Melissa was the first and only writer we thought of. Her gifts as a writer and her particular sensibility were essential to bringing Dahl's visionary tale to life."

On Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski, Producer Frank Marshall said: "Working with Janusz has been great because there's a real richness to his photography, and that really comes out in what you see on-screen. He helped guide a lot of what we were doing to create this world and to really marry the two so it becomes one world as you photographically move between the two."

Screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) for Steven Spielberg, also wrote, uncredited, the first draft screenplay for Spielberg's family/children's movie The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

The announcement of most of the movie's cast was announced on April 13, 2015. This included such cast actors and actresses as Dame Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Jemaine Clement, Michael Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

Calling the giant "the BFG", or "big friendly giant", is a misnomer. He is far and away the smallest of all of the giants that live in "giant land". One of the other giants refers to the BFG as "runt".

This is the first American movie for Ruby Barnhill (Sophie).

"The BFG" is an acronym for "The Big Friendly Giant".

Fourth family/children's feature film directed Steven Spielberg following Hook (1991), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). It's Spielberg's twelfth if one counts War of the Worlds (2005), his two Jurassic Park movies, and his four Indiana Jones movies.

The environments created on the vast stages of the warehouse needed to do much more than solely accommodate the vastly different scales of the characters. Production Designer Rick Carter and his team worked especially hard to ensure that the environments in which the performances unfolded were as beautiful, frightening and rich as possible. Weta Digital's Joe Letteri explains: "When Mark Rylance is on-set and performing, he's performing in a facsimile of his real world, in his cave with his fireplace and table, his chair, and the boat in which he sleeps."

Once the screenplay was completed, Melissa Mathison remained involved with this movie throughout principal photography. Producer and Director Steven Spielberg occasionally needs to make changes to the script while filming and wants the writer's voice there to bring the characters alive. Spielberg said: "Melissa was there on the 'E.T.' set every day, and every day on 'The BFG'. So I've been very fortunate to bookend our relationship with two stories that came from her heart." Spielberg continues: "I have not had a chance to mourn Melissa, because she's been so vibrant and real to me, in the cutting room, on the scoring stage, in the dubbing room, she's just always been there with me, so because of that, it's going to be hard when I have to let 'The BFG' go, because then I have to let Melissa go, too."

It was on the first day of filming Bridge of Spies (2015), Steven Spielberg's dramatic Cold War thriller, that he realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet, but simple giant depicted in this movie. While Spielberg was aware of Rylance's profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day. "Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling", said Spielberg, "and while he is one of the greatest stage actors ever, it was the Mark in-between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything." Spielberg continued, "I could have made 'The BFG' with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super photo-realistic."

Principal photography on this movie commenced in the spring of 2015 on the outskirts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in an old warehouse where the huge, dark spaces became stages on which to construct the sets.

The filmmakers envisioned an entirely new approach to expand the horizons of storytelling by bridging the gap between the fullness and life of live-action and the limitless possibilities of contemporary digital technologies. It was a process that was engineered solely through the lens of exactly what Steven Spielberg needed to tell the story.

Producer and Director Steven Spielberg said that Screenwriter Melissa Mathison's earliest drafts for this movie were "experiential". Spielberg told The New Yorker: "It was very poetic, and the poetry of Melissa's writing, and the poetry of Roald Dahl's words, were kind of propelled forward just by Sophie becoming less afraid of BFG and BFG becoming more respectful of Sophie, but there wasn't really a plot engine."

On D.O.P (director of photography' Janusz Kaminski, producer Frank Marshall said: "Working with Janusz has been great because there's a real richness to his photography, and that really comes out in what you see on screen. He helped guide a lot of what we were doing to create this world and to really marry the two so it becomes one world as you photographically move between the two."

The filmmakers were all in agreement that this movie felt like a hybrid between a classic Disney movie and a movie from Amblin Entertainment, the latter being the production company that Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall founded in 1981. So they were thrilled when the studio green-lit this movie in the spring of 2015, making this the first Walt Disney Pictures movie to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Kathleen Kennedy said: "There's a level of expectation that fans and audiences of Walt Disney movies expect. And we're proud to have the film attached to such a studio."

This represents the third time Steven Spielberg directed a movie that is also an acronym. Alphabetically, they are A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), in which the "A" and "I" denote the words "artificial" and "intelligence", respectively; BFG, in which the "B", "F", and "G" stand for "big", "friendly", and "giant", respectively; and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), in which the "E" and the "T" represent the words "extra" and "terrestrial", respectively.

The fact that Roald Dahl chose a young girl as his protagonist in "The BFG" novel was something Steven Spielberg appreciated as well. Sophie is a strong girl who does not take no for an answer and is not intimidated by someone who is six-times bigger than her, and the character is similar to strong females who are at the center of many Walt Disney movies. A strong young female protagonist has appeared in two of Spielberg's earlier family/children's movies, Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds (2005); and Drew Barrymore in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

With this movie, the filmmakers envisioned an entirely new approach to expand the horizons of storytelling by bridging the gap between the fullness and life of live-action and the limitless possibilities of contemporary digital technologies. It was a process that was engineered solely through the lens of exactly what Steven Spielberg needed to tell the story.

Fourth family/children's feature film directed by Steven Spielberg following Hook (1991), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

First family/children's movie directed by Steven Spielberg to have an acronym title since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) was a movie made for a more adult and mature audiences, as reflected in many of the movie's classification certifications, though it did receive PG ratings in some territories, as has this movie.

This movie mentions that the BFG abducted and befriended a boy, long before he met Sophie, unfortunately the boy was eventually found and eaten by the other giants. In the early drafts of the novel, the child that the BFG originally abducted was a boy named "Jody". It was later changed to a girl named Sophie (after Roald Dahl's granddaughter Sophie Dahl).