WETA Preview Clip Available

Posted December 13, 2004 4:01 pm by Tirian

AICN has available a video of WETA’s work on the Narnia film. See shots of all kinds of creatures (including the incredible minotaur), models of various locations, Lucy’s cordial, and much more! Warning: Heavy Spoilers!
UPDATE: We’ve added screen captures of all the clips so you can pore over each beautiful image at your leisure.

The movie clip is 25 MB and is in Quicktime format. To download the movie, try downloading from AICN below or one of the mirrors. Right click and click “Save-as”.

http://bvbp-qt.vitalstream.com/LionWitchWardrobe/LionWitchWardrobe_BehindMagic_1500.mov

NEW: Download the clip at Apple.com!
http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/the_chronicles_of_narnia.html

http://www.narniaweb.com/video/LionWitchWardrobe_BehindMagic_1500.mov
http://img-nex.theonering.net/movie/preview/narnia/LionWitchWardrobe_BehindMagic_1500.mov

If you have trouble downloading the file from these sources, you can try our forum where we have posted some links to the download at YouSendIt.com. If you would like to upload a file and help provide download spots, click above to get details.

TRANSCRIPT:

Narrator: “For generations the enchanted kingdom of Narnia has existed only in the mind’s eye. Now, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Special Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor and his team from Weta, winners of four Acadamy Awards for Lord of the Rings, are employing their wizardry to bring CS Lewis’ magical world to life.”

Richard Taylor: “We’ve been working on Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe for two years now. We’re looking after creature design and the armor and the weapons for the amies of Narnia and other little bits and pieces.”

Narrator: “One of the biggest challenges Richard Taylor and his design team faced was creating over 60 different species of creatures that would ultimately inhabit the world of Narnia.”

Taylor: “A lot of CS Lewis’ creatures, the minotaurs, the harpys and such like were based strongly in greek mythology. Where the challenge came was actually trying to refine these mythological creatures into something that works well on screen. And then making sure that they work as suit characters. It’s one thing to create a totally CG creature that has to tie back to the physical world. But then having to fit an actor that has to cope with a twelve hour shooting day with the heat and the rain and the comings and goings of film life was a whole other issue.
We do believe it’s our responsibility to help the actor take on the mantel of the character.”

Swordsmith Peter Lyon: “If they’re given a real sword rather something that they know is a prop, it just helps them to get into character that much more.”

Taylor: “We hope that when they take hold of their sword, they feel like they are embracing, not a prop, but a thing that could determine weather they could survive in the world of Narnia.
It’s the final touches that will make it feel like it was made by craftsmen of Narnia.”