Filming Begins in Czech Republic

Posted April 5, 2007 5:00 am by Clipsie

The Prague Post – Rather than resting on its recent achievements, the Stillking crew has plunged into two new film projects that will be filming in Prague over the next couple of months. Up at Barrandov, Prince Caspian, the second part of the Chronicles of Narnia, began shooting Sunday, April 1, while across town at the Prague Studios, the cinematic version of Mark Millar’s cult comic Wanted, under the helm of the Moscow-based Kazakh Timur Bekmambetov, is gearing up.

Out on the muddy fringes of Barrandov a few weeks ago, carpenters were busy creating a castle out of plywood and two-by-fours. This will be the principal back-lot location for Disney’s next Narnia. Close by, a new soundstage has also been built for the film — a state-of-the-art facility that can only increase Barrandov’s attractiveness to filmmakers.

Stillking’s head of film production, David Minkowski, works out of offices near the new sound stage. With two projects weeks away from principal photography (and with rumors published in Variety that a Fox film, Babylon, currently being shot at Barrandov, is running behind schedule, which might affect Narnia), Minkowski appears unflappable.

Minkowski is the associate producer on Narnia, and so is working on-site. His average day starts with an early-morning walk around the back lot and new soundstage to gauge the preproduction progress. At the height of filming, both this project and Wanted will employ upward of 1,600 people.

Read the full article at The Prague Post.