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Prince Caspian Joins Forces with the Pevensies
Prince Caspian Joins Forces with the Pevensies
Orchestrating Magic in Narnia ... All Over Again

Telmarines, talking mice, and Minotaurs ... it's a wrap for the second installation in C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, according to director/producer/co-writer Andrew Adamson. "We're in the U.K. tying up the last month of post-production... polishing the sound, music, and special effects. I'm extremely happy with what we've created. It's like a painful birthing process which you forget soon afterwards." Considering "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" took four and a half years to produce, it must have seemed like the two years working on "Prince Caspian" whizzed by at breakneck speed.

Speaking of his edgier, epic interpretation, Andrew approached this film as if it were the true story of Caspian, the Telmarine's naïve, idealistic prince who, despite discovering his dark side, emerges as a true king because of his journey. "For any adaptation, I immerse myself in the book then flesh it out. With Caspian, I felt it was important to capture the heart of his story by adding unique twists that took it beyond the original. At ...
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Question: What is the instrument Tumnus plays in the book and what is the actual instrument used to produce the sound for the movie?
Answer: In the book Tumnus plays a Pan's flute however the actual sound used in the movie is produced by the duduk, an ancient wind instrument.

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... one point Caspian's consumed with vengeance, further escalating the conflict between him and Peter."

How did hunky Ben Barnes land the leading role of Prince Caspian? "I needed incredible depth and a different look to contrast against Peter. We were casting around the world and never expected Caspian to come from the U.K., particularly because of the Telmarines' Mediterranean features. But Ben's audition tape accent was very convincing - he tapped into nuances in the script that excited me. When we met in Los Angeles, I knew within minutes he was perfect. Ben's a wonderful actor, handsome, funny, and someone who fit in well with the 'family' ... he charms everyone he meets."

Sergio Castellitto (playing Caspian's uncle, the heinous King Miraz), is one of Italy's most recognized actors. "Though it's easy for villains to become somewhat of a cliché, they must believe that what they're doing is right. I wanted someone like Tilda Swinton (who portrays the vile White Witch in both films) ... an actor who could pull off a depth beyond how it was written on the page. Sergio convinced me because I immediately saw the believability of the performance in his eyes. He's a huge star and a very sweet, gentle man."

Two prevailing themes -- the passage into adulthood and the visual journey -- were woven into three storylines: the Pevensies', Caspian's, and Miraz's. "You always want to keep it fresh. This film's much more sophisticated than the first. Everything's on a grander scale - characters, action, locations. For example, I thought it would be interesting if mythological creatures like the Narnians invaded Miraz's medieval castle. It's an image I've never seen before."

Multiple locations play a big part in depicting an oppressed Narnia. Whereas "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was primarily filmed on stage and only one locale, "Prince Caspian" spans several countries because the crew wasn't limited to shooting 40-degree winter scenes with kids. "This time we shot in New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Poland. Many of the locations were extremely remote, accessible only by boat or helicopter, so the logistics alone were challenging."

Have the children changed? Andrew boasts, "They've gotten older and better looking! We formed a family and I'm the 'surrogate father.' It's quite amazing to see them grow and mature as young people ... I'm so terribly proud of them all. Anna Popplewell, older sister Susan Pevensie onscreen, first auditioned at age 13. Now she's 19 studying literature at Oxford!"

Andrew's fondest Disney memory? "Watching 'The Wonderful World of Disney' with my family every Sunday night. I loved the logo, the music, Walt sitting on his desk talking about the film. To this day one of my favorites is the otter movie 'Ring of Bright Water.' They were well-told, heartfelt stories. For me that's what it was all about."

Now a dad himself, Andrew feels having children hasn't changed his vision, just given him an excuse for it. When asked about a Narnia-inspired Theme Park attraction, he responds, "There have been conversations but I can't reveal any secrets. As an adult, I feel it's a huge privilege to indulge our imaginations in fantasy. What's important is that Narnia is conveyed as a real place where people can step through a wardrobe and experience another world ... whether that means meeting unusual creatures, talking to mice, or rollercoaster rides."

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