NarniaWeb Set Report #5: Caspian, Miraz, & Glozelle

Posted October 18, 2007 10:02 pm by Glumpuddle

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Prince Caspian Set Report #5: Ben Barnes
June 5, 2007

Ben Barnes as CaspianNaturally, one of the most anticipated interviews was Prince Caspian himself. I was very curious to hear and see him in costume, because there had been a lot of discussion among NarniaWebbers about the casting of 25-year-old Ben Barnes, since Caspian is only 13 in the book. With the release of the latest behind-the-scenes video at Narnia.com, you should be able to judge for yourself if you think Ben is young enough for the role. But remember, this interview was in early June, so I hadn’t heard Ben’s voice or even seen any actual video of him yet! All I had seen of him were a few pictures from IMDb. So, we sat at one of the tables in the lunch tent and waited for Ben. He walked in, and for the first time I saw Caspian, tenth of that name, standing before me. Ben was in costume, wearing a white shirt (not the “flowery” one), black pants, and boots. We all sat across from him and turned on our tape recorders…

Q: Is this your first movie?

Ben: I have done other movies; I did a British independent movie last year called “Bigger Than Ben” about two Russian immigrants in London, and before that I filmed another fantasy movie called “Stardust.” That’s Neil Gaiman. I’m in, like, the prologue.

Q: How does that compare? Is the scale much bigger?

Ben: I didn’t really get used to it, because I was only on that for a couple of weeks. But in terms of the scales of the sets and everything it was kind of similar. There was one scene [in Stardust] I did in this kind of magic marketplace, and they built it in the courtyard of a castle, a real castle up in the north of England. I walked in and my jaw dropped, almost as far as it dropped when I walked on to the Miraz castle set that we’ve got in Prague at the moment, which is just– Have you seen it? It just blew me away.

Q: What was the audition process like for Prince Caspian?

Ben: Actually I came into it really late. I know that they’d been looking for a long time, and I hadn’t really heard about it at all. And somebody came to see a play that I was doing and I went in to meet the casting director in London, just to read like two scenes, and then the next week I met up with Andrew and all the producers and screen tested and then I had the job, four days later. It was really fast. It was like three weeks from start to finish. Less. Two and a half weeks from when I heard about it to when I got the job.

Q: As an actor, what does the character give you to grab on to?

Ben: Well I think, the reason I like the character is because he’s sort of an everyman. It’s sort of a coming of age story, really. It’s from boy to man and prince to king, kind of story. And obviously it’s been adapted somewhat from how it is in the book because the kids that were in the first one have grown up so much that it’s very hard to keep them as young children. So it all had to kind of grow up a little bit. But hopefully I think he’s a kind of everyman character that you go on the journey with and sort of drags you through the story. And hopefully you kind of emphasize with him and latch on to what he’s feeling and when he’s feeling vulnerable, you feel vulnerable, and when he’s feeling strong, you’re feeling good about what’s happening. So I think principally, he’s that kind of character. But he’s very honorable and I think those are kind of the principal things, really.

Caspian on DestrierQ: You didn’t have much time to prepare for this, did you?

Ben: Yeah. But actually, once I got to New Zealand I had a good few weeks. I literally got off the plane, and within 20 minutes of getting off the plane in New Zealand I was on a horse. And they were like, “Okay, go.” And I did it every day for two months, I think. I was riding with these fantastic Spanish horse trainers we’ve got and doing the stunt training with Allan Poppleton, who choreographs all the fights for us. He’s fantastic. And so I had a good sort of eight weeks out there, whilst filming little bits and pieces, but I had a good eight weeks of quite hard core training.

Q: Were you experienced on a horse?

Ben: No. I might have suggested that I had ridden before (laughs), but I, in fact, had not. So yeah, that was an experience. But I love it now. I love it.

Q: Were you familiar with the books? And did you know how important a part Caspian played, not just for this story, but also in the future?

Ben: I actually knew the first three really well: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Q: So you were familiar with the character?

Ben: Yeah. I remember watching the BBC series where Sam West played him in the Dawn Treader part. And I remember sort of being exactly the right age for that to really capture my imagination, right, and as soon as I got the script I remembered the beginning of that with the theme music and how it kind of panned over the map of Narnia and all that. And actually, right when I first heard about the audition, I went and looked on my bookshelves and found my copy of Prince Caspian, and it had a copyright date of 1989. So I was eight. So that’s like the perfect age, I think, to have first got into that. And it had a little sticker in the front saying, ‘I can’t bear to be without my books’ and a picture of a bear and below that was written Benjamin Barnes in my little eight-year-old handwriting.

Q: Have they filmed that for the DVD?

Ben: Not yet, we should do that. It’s in London, I should bring it back. But yeah, that was a trip to go and find my copy of it.

Q: Did you feel challenged when you came to the set, with the other children having been here before?

Ben: Well, it’s interesting how that relationship has grown, actually. I think when you’ve got a film with kind of two– Well, in the script it’s supposed to be kind of a sort of light sparring between the two of them. And so you’re kind of automatically ready for that kind of conflict, I think. But we automatically sank into those kinds of roles. We have a very kind of light banter with each other all the time on the set, which I think is really good, and we get on really well. We have similar senses of humor, so they were very welcoming. And I think they were all ready for a new character to be involved. They knew this was coming. So they were kind of more ready for it than I was I think. But yeah, I mean, in terms of being ready, the first thing I shot was after I fall off Destrier at the beginning of the movie, and I’m being dragged along by the horse. That was the very first thing I shot. So I was lying on my back in the forest being pulled along by a stunt guy, like through the leaves and then just dropped. I was like, literally, I’ve been thrown into this movie literally feet first.

Q: A couple of the characters you’re going to be working with are going to be CGI, how has that been for you?

Ben: Interesting. Obviously, I’ve never done anything like that before. But actually, the first scene that I shot with a CGI character was with Trufflehunter, the badger. And, Andrew has a wonderful assistant, Alina, who’s a fantastic actress as well. And so she just put on this completely lime green suit, balaclava, gloves, the whole everything, and was hobbling about on her knees, and she was holding the real props, like the actual tray that the badger will be holding. She was kind of putting it on the counter in this kind of– like a badger, and that’s really easy to work with.

Q: Like a badger would hold a tray.

Ben: Exactly! (laughter) And she’s so great. It’s like doing a scene with three people. But what’s harder, I think, is when there’s nothing there at all. I think the kids have had to do a lot of that with bits of tennis balls and things like that. But I’ve been quite lucky so far. Any dialogue I’ve had has been with a real person on their knees.

Q: Have you had a few weeks off in between while they shoot other characters’ scenes?

Ben: Not since I got going. But we have a second unit, also. We have a whole second unit filming at the moment in Prague while the first unit is shooting here. So any day that I’m not here, it’s likely that they want to yank me and film something that we owe on another scene, or whatever.

Q: How does Caspian change throughout the movie? Do you carry yourself a little differently once you get into the woods?

Ben: Yeah, I think there’s a lot to do with acting and a lot with his kind of confidence growing. And actually that’s probably been reflected in my experience. It’s probably quite true. I was nervous the first few days of filming and I’m settling into it, relaxing into it now. So I’ve been lucky in that respect. But obviously, the people who know and love the books know a child. And I think we’ve sort of established that because William Moseley is 20 now, and he’s playing sort of the older end of school. He’s playing kind of 17, 18 maybe. And yeah, I think the only thing it says about Caspian’s age in the book is that he’s of a similar age to Peter. So I guess I’ve tried to play him as a kind of– rather than sort of young and naïve, more kind of protected, because he’s grown up in this royal household. And he’s sort of the only young Telmarine you encounter, because the others presumably live in the village and not in the castle or whatever. So I tried to make him kind of quite wide-eyed at the beginning, and sort of innocent. And thinking of these things as fantasy stories, and as it progresses and he finds out these things become true, he takes them more into his reality and becomes more comfortable with them and realizes he’s got this task ahead of him to become a leader and realizes that it is his duty to begin to start thinking about leading these people.

Q: How has it been working with Andrew? Does he communicate his vision to you?

Ben: Yeah. I mean, he really does. I mean, I’m sure you’ve heard many a compliment about Andrew since you’ve been here from everybody, but he really is extraordinary. He has a vision beyond anything that any of us mere mortals are capable of. You visualize a castle, you visualize how a particular scene would go, and he’s done that. And he’s gone past it. And he’s surpassed any kind of dreams you might have had about how something would look or how something would feel. And he’s very, very encouraging and he’s very, very good with the detail, and this sort of enormous picture. I remember one day on set we were filming something with like a hundred extras fighting in a courtyard and he came up to me and he said something like, ‘Wasn’t your belt on the fourth hole, not the third?’ And I was just like, ‘I didn’t notice that, how did you possibly?’ But he’s just got a real eye for detail and the bigger picture at the same time, which I think is almost necessary for a director, but he really does. He really does have those things. And he’s really passionate about it as well. He has a vision of how he wants the scenes to make him feel when he watches them. He often will step out from behind the monitors and come right up close, just behind where the camera is, to watch. And he’ll say, ‘Yeah, check the gate.’ He’ll know if he’s got it from that. He doesn’t even need to go and see it through the monitor. He knows whether he felt what he thought he would feel. Which is really important, I think. Somebody who obviously comes from a more visual background than that.

"I'm Prince Caspian."Q: When you were cast, there was a lot of discussion among fans about the fact that you’re a lot older than Caspian is in the book. Exactly how old is he supposed to be in the movie?

Ben: Well, as I was just saying, I think because the kids have obviously grown up in between and you want to keep a sense of continuity, William Moseley’s obviously 20 now and he’s playing a kind of older end of school, kind of 17, that kind of age. And I think the only thing it says in the book about Caspian’s age, the only thing that we could find, Andrew and I together, was that it says Peter first sees Caspian, a boy of about his own age. I think the sort of early part of the book is important because he has a nurse and all that kind of thing. But then actually, I think you can see in the next chapter after that when he’s with Dr. Cornelius that he’s obviously jumped, because the way he talks is suddenly much more mature. And the questions that he’s asking are not of a 13-year-old, they’re much older than that. And so I think we’re sort of playing around 17 and obviously I’m a little bit older than that (laughs). But you know, I’ve been playing 17 for the past four years, so I don’t see any reason why it should change now. Shaving twice a day, that’s the key.

Q: A lot of the Telmarines are Italian/Mexican. Do you use any kind of accent or do you just use your regular voice?

Ben: No, I’m doing an accent. I’ve had a dialect coach from the beginning. Actually, very rarely have I worked in my own voice. I’ve played Russian, American, Northern England, all sorts of different accents I’ve worked in. And I’m almost more comfortable in an accent than I am–

Q: So is it more of a Mediterranean type thing?

Ben: Yeah, exactly. Well, we started off sort of looking at different Spanish accents, because that was kind of the original concept. And then we found that we had a lot of Italian actors and French actors, Mexican actors. So we have this whole kind of mix. But we wanted it to be very– I mean, obviously, the books are very British, so we wanted a lot of the intonation to feel English. So it was very understandable, it wasn’t too thick. So what we’ve ended up with is what we kind of called a Telmarine accent. And we kind of got everyone working from a similar page. But it’s a sort of Mediterranean. It’s a Mediterranean loosely based on the Spanish accent, but with a lot more of the English intonation. Obviously, these are foreign characters. They’re speaking in their own language and it’s being automatically translated for you. Because otherwise all the scenes between each other would be in Telmarine and they’d need subtitles. So that’s why I think the language I think is kind of as free and easy as it is.

Q: Do you have to match what Sergio’s doing with his accent?

Ben: Well, I was actually filming before Sergio. I’d already filmed when Sergio was cast, I think. Or certainly I filmed before he did. So I think if anything, he had to match me (laughs). I think it was just kind of a happy accident that they were similar enough… Well, not really a happy accident, it was completely planned! (laughs) But yeah, I think we sound and look similar enough for it to be totally believable that we’re family.

Q: Have you had any meetings for Voyage of the Dawn Treader yet?

Ben: I’ve met Michael [Apted]. We had dinner and he’s a really sweet guy, and I can’t wait. But I don’t want to kind of think– I can’t really afford to think about it too much. I’m so lost in the middle of this one that I’m totally immersed in the world of Prince Capian. I think I’ll deal with Dawn Treader–

Q: Have you re-read the book?

Ben: I have re-read the book, I did do that. And… it’s so different. Just so different, I couldn’t believe how different it is. But I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do, because obviously it’s quite an episodic book, the Dawn Treader. But it’s really interesting. It’s not quite as action-packed, but it’s so much more interesting in terms of sort of varied experiences that the crew of the Dawn Treader go through. So I’ll be really excited to see what they do in terms of threading it all together as a kind of two-hour movie.

Q: Have you seen any of Michael Apted’s movies before?

Ben: Yeah. I’ve seen the Bond film that he did. And I’m sure I’ve seen bits of others.

Q: You talked earlier about the rivalry between Peter and Caspian, which is different from the book. In the book, they don’t really clash that much; they like each other.

Ben: Um, I don’t know… I think that in a lot of drama, it is conflict that drives it, whether that be between good and evil or between a couple or wherever. So I think conflict is always a very important piece of any drama. And you know, I think that’s made doubly interesting by the fact that these people essentially should be getting on and working together. And so I find it a really interesting part of the story and I hope everyone else will too. But yeah, it’s a really interesting relationship, and I think the more interesting and the less patronizing the relationships are, the better.

Q: I’m not sure if this is a spoiler, but there’s some question about whether you get imprisoned or put in a dungeon at some point in this film.

Ben: I’m never in a dungeon… I’m never imprisoned in a dungeon.

Q: We were just watching them film the scene where Peter and Edmund walk out of Aslan’s How to meet Miraz. Where is Caspian during that scene?

Ben: He’s… about to join them. He joins them… a few minutes later. He’s up to something, but that might spoil it.

Q: Yesterday we spent a lot of time looking at the costumes and your shirt was a big topic of discussion…

Ben: Which one? This one, or the flowery one? I affectionately refer to it as the flowery one, with the big arms and all that.

Q: Does that help you get into the character?

Ben: Well yeah, absolutely. I said it before, but somebody asked me what research did I do in terms of getting into being like a prince. And I realized that in one of my scenes a couple of months ago I was sitting on an enormous, beautiful black horse, in armor, a sword in my hand, in a castle. You know, what else do you need to make you feel like a prince than that? (laughter) I mean, you’re just sitting there and everyone else is kind of standing in the courtyard, and you feel like royalty. And I didn’t need to do any more than that. They’ve been so helpful and so wonderful and their attention to detail is fantastic. I mean, in terms of, like, for the final battle. I mean, obviously I’ve escaped from Miraz’s castle, so I’m in my Telmarine garb, my Telmarine outfit. And then I slowly become slightly more ‘Narnianized.’ That’s not a word, but–

Q: It is now.

Ben: It is now (laughter). As we move towards the battle, I end up with this kind of great mix of the two types of outfits. And all that detail has been done for you. You never have to think about, ‘Where did I get this from?’ Well, that’s got Aslan on it, so that’s Narnian. And then I realized that some of my armor is the same as what the entire Telmarine army is wearing, which kind of highlights the fact that I’m fighting against what are essentially my own people, which is quite a hard thing, I think.

Q: Is there anything specifically in the book about Caspian that has affected or inspired you? Or has it all been interpreting the screenplay?

Ben: Specifically in the book?… I don’t know, I guess some of the earlier chapters where he’s having his conversations with Cornelius about what Narnia means. And we don’t have a huge amount of that kind of explanation of the exploration of that piece in the movie, simply because everyone knows it from the first movie, and it’s kind of something that’s assumed. But Caspian hasn’t known it, and so obviously that kind of helps to inform where I take the character and my approach to my surprise and my joy. And while it’s quite a hard thing to understand that I’m going to have to fight against my own people. So I think that was kind of very informative.

Q: Any favorite scenes?

Ben: Most of them, actually. I’ve just enjoyed so many of them on so many different levels.

Q: What scenes haven’t you shot yet that you’re looking forward to shooting?

Ben: Well, there’s a big scene where I first meet all of the Narnians together. In the book it’s the Dancing Lawn. And I’m really looking forward to doing that, I think that’s going to be a really good challenge. I mean, that’s a real scene where he really takes a big leap forward from being someone who hasn’t really said much, to somebody who has to convince all of these Narnians that he’s the rightful king of Narnia and they should all side with him. And I think that’s a really big juicy scene.

Q: It must be very CGI based where you have to imagine a lot of stuff that’s not there.

Ben: Actually, no. I haven’t seen [that set] yet, but I think there’ll be pretty much one human per animal, because there’s always somebody voicing it in a little suit behind, or a centaur obviously on a box or on power risers. So there’s a lot of interesting, cool stuff to look at and imagine. You don’t have to use your imagination too much. But it’ll be a nice surprise for me as well when I see it. I’ll be like, ‘Hey, you’re half horse!”

Prince Caspian Set Report #5: Sergio Castellito & Pierfrancesco Favino
June 4, 2007

Sergio Castellitto Pierfrancesco Favino

Ústí – Now it was time to meet the bad guys. Sergio Castellito (Miraz) and Pierfrancesco Favino (Glozelle) sat across from us at a table in the lunch tent. They wore loose sweatshirts, like William, so they may have been wearing their costumes underneath. Pierfrancesco had a short pointed beard, and when Ernie reminded us that he appeared as Christopher Columbus in Night at the Museum, he joked, “Don’t worry, I wouldn’t recognize myself like this.”
Our interview was originally supposed to be with just Sergio, but since his English is not perfect, he asked Pierfrancesco to come too. Pierfrancesco speaks perfect English and Italian, so he would sometimes translate back and forth. It was an interesting way to do an interview. And of course, like Ben, all I had seen of these guys up to this point was a few pictures online.

Q: We saw just now all the costumes and gear that you have to put on. We get to feel the weight of it. Does it help your performance to get into costume and feel the weight of it?

Sergio: Oh yes, absolutely. It’s totally different from my experience – I’ve had a completely different cinematography. So for me, it’s an absolutely new experience. And it will be very interesting because acting is both athletic and psychological too. And I have a lot of admiration for Andrew Adamson because he’s very careful about psychological relationships between the characters. It’s totally different than I could imagine about a movie like this. But at the same time, it’s really interesting to act out a stereotype. This is the first time in my life I have played a villain. It’s really interesting, because after a lot of movies, this is the first time I have played a villain. And so, I have to fight myself with the stereotype I had in mind. Really interesting.

Q: Where you familiar with the books at all before you got the role?

Sergio: No, not so well. But I have two kids. They knew the first Narnia very well. When I told them that I could act in the second Narnia, they had a lot of admiration for me.
Pierfrancesco: For us in Italy, it’s not the same like in the U.S. or in England. We don’t have that saga as you have. For us, Pinocchio is our one. Nothing comparable to this.

Q: They have fleshed out your role a lot [in the movie]. So were you surprised how much they fleshed out your role, and gave him a little more for the movie?

Pierfrancesco: (translating)
Sergio: Oh, I think it’s a good idea.

Q: How did Andrew talk to you about the character? Did he give you very specific things he wanted to see or did he just let you play it broadly?

Sergio: We speak about the character in a psychological way. This is the very interesting side of this work. Because I thought that everything was just an imaginary stereotype. But at the same time, we spoke about the character like a human being. There is a very interesting side of my character that is the fight between youngness and oldness. So the good and evil is like youngness and oldness. It’s very interesting.

Miraz' sword (super high-res)Q: Did you have to do a lot of sword practice?

Pierfrancesco: (nods) Especially him. A lot of horse-riding.
Sergio: A lot of practice. We have an extraordinary trainer, Alan. Very good. This is my first… {shows a cut on his knuckle}

Q: Is this your first English language film?

Sergio: No, I shot “The Big Blue,” and the TV movie directed by Jim McBride starring Peter Falk, some years ago. We acted together, in English, an Italian movie about the life of Enzo Ferrari.

Q: Do you have the script translated into Italian so you can learn the lines?

Sergio: Yes. That was very important to me in the beginning to understand the meaning and psychological meaning. But we also study accents. I think Andrew wanted a Mediterranean accent. Spanish, Italian, Greek, North-African, French…a Telmarine’s accent. It’s quite easy for me to do a good accent.

Q: You two have worked together. At one point, Glozelle has to betray Miraz. Have you shot that yet?

Pierfrancesco: This is the third movie we have done together. And, I’ve always admired Sergio as one of the best Italian actors we have. So, we have the chance to work together. But when you’re [acting], I don’t really feel I have to hate him when I betray him (laughter). At the same time, he has to slap me and stab me in the back. We’ve made three movies together, and in all of them he’s been slapping me. (laughs)

Sergio: Not yet, but we have time.

Q: So, I guess the big moment is the castle raid.

Sergio: Spettacolare! Yes, incredible. You know, half of this movie…we don’t know what it is. Because everyday on the set, we seen a blue screen. So we must imagine that something happened, but we don’t know what.
Pierfrancesco: It will be a surprise even for us.
Sergio: Yesterday, we shot a scene and they told us that an army was behind us.
Pierfrancesco: Thousands of soldiers and cavalry. Actually, this morning, we’ve been rehearsing with horses and there were at least one hundred. So there’s a very good mixture of real things and CGI.
Sergio: [speaking Italian]
Pierfrancesco translating: He says that even though the machine is so big, there’s something that he feels which is artisanal. He’s been surprised to find this huge machine going on, and at the same time. This was something that surprised him.
Sergio: Extraordinary.

Q: Is Miraz the kind of king who gets into the fighting?

Sergio: He is not a coward, he’s a soldier. He’s a murderer; he killed his brother. He is not a coward. The first idea I had about him is of Prince Claudius in Hamlet. This is the first reference, I think. Because he is a usurper. He had a son, he wanted the kingdom for his son, he loves his son. … At the end, he accepts the fight and he tries to win.

Q: What about the actual battle scenes? Are you going to be involved in those?

Pierfrancesco: Well, I don’t know how much we can say about that.

Ernie Malik: We don’t want to give too much away. In theory, they’ve read the book.

Q: Do you feel a lot of pressure with this movie since it’s such a huge franchise and a big production?

Glozelle's dagger (super high-res)Pierfrancesco: No, actually my feeling is that when you’re working, you don’t think of those things. It’s not the kind of thing you can control. Especially when you’re working on it. The only thing that we both are trying to do is enjoying what we are doing. Obviously, it’s absolutely not comparable to a European or Italian movie. So, we are aware of the fact that this is going to be a big thing. But then, there’s no way to control it when you are doing it. So the only thing we try to do is our end. They’re giving us the best possibility to do our job in the best way. Not to talk badly about European cinema, which we love very much, but the main thing is that you are given the possibility to do it at your best. So we’re here, we’re enjoying it, meeting very nice people. We talked about costumes before, and the first thing as an actor that hit me was that “oh wow, look at me, I’m a soldier.” There’s a lot of weight, I know, but when we’re on a horse and we have one hundred horses, you look around yourself and say “I am in Narnia.” It’s what makes the dream come true actually. It is true when they say “looks like being an American movie.”
Sergio: It’s interesting though because it’s like Babel – we are Italians, Spanish, Mexican, French – like a gypsy community! [starts speaking Italian]
Pierfrancesco: (laughs) He says that we ourselves are Narnians in this region; we also feel like Narnians. But then working with Andrew, for me, has really been the biggest thing of all. I am really happy I met him and that he’s chosen me. I thank him for a very good experience. It’s given me a lot to understand my personal career, and I wish I’ll meet people like him from now on. I mean, his quality as a man, and of course as a director.

Q: Is he a very hands-on director?

Pierfrancesco: He is, yeah. You can see that he’s really relaxed and controlling everything, which is something I admire very much. But he never loses any opportunity to work with all of us. I’m not talking only about the actors, but I can see that he is really careful about every single detail. And he’s always thanking people for what they do. I’ve had two other opportunities to work with American movies, but this is, to me, the best I had. Talking also about the entire cast and crew. Everything is really relaxed, and all the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with are the best.
Sergio: I think he really knows what he wants. But at the same time, he leaves you free to propose. You are free to propose other things.
Pierfrancesco: Yeah, he wants you to be involved.

Q: A lot of actors, when they’re playing villains, they don’t see their characters as villains. They try to see them as having their motivations for what they do. Does that figure in to your performance?

Sergio: Absolutely. The first work of an actor is to defend your character. I am the lawyer of my character. Nobody touches Miraz (laughs). It’s absolutely important to be critical, but at the same time to know the true reasons. He loves his son, he loves his family, he thinks it is his right to be king. He is a soldier. He’s worked all his life in the battle.

Q: (laughs) He doesn’t like his nephew though!

Sergio: Nope!

Q (to PF): Is your role expanded as well?

Pierfrancesco: Well, I’m not telling you (smiles). Something more, likely. But then, in the end, when we talk about Andrew and working with him, and talking about characters and their personal arc in the story…it will lead you to surprises.

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GlumPuddle in GermanyThe Countdown Continues…
And that, my fellow NarniaWebbers, is that. My final set report. On one hand, I feel a great sense of satisfaction. These reports were very challenging (but never not a joy), and it’s a relief to have finally gotten a lot of the spoilers out so I can discuss them online. But on the other hand, I’m really sad that this experience is finally ending. I really cannot describe in words what the last five months have been like for me. Actually, the last two years really. When Tirian first asked me to be a News Poster in May 2005, I didn’t think it could get any better than that. And now here I am, finishing up the last report on my trip to Narnia! I know this isn’t the Academy Awards, but I have to thank some people…

Tirian, NW founder – For asking me to be a NP!
Disney – For the invitation, and wanting to connect with fans.
Ernie Malik – For doing such a great job with arranging interviews.
The NarniaWeb Mods – For proofreading my reports, and offering suggestions. Especially Fantasia_Kitty for helping with last minute edits, Coraline for transcribing the Ford interview, LadyEowyn for giving me the correct armor terminology for report #4, and Wisewoman for checking my spelling and grammar. (Oh, and Rilian for recommending that I get a Mac. Without it, I might not have seen Tirian’s email in time, and therefore might not have gone on the trip)
All the other writers – Edward, Steve, Cindy, Kyle, Stephanie, and Rebecca: For putting up with my geekiness, answering some of my questions about online journalism, transcribing interviews, sending me back-up audio interviews, and some great conversations and laughs.
God – Back in February when I lost the Ultimate Fan competition, who would’ve thought that I would actually be glad that I lost just a few months later? Only God can do something like that.

I really believe that someday when I have kids, I’m going to tell them about this trip, and say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. These books have meant so much to me for so long, and it’s so incredibly important to me that the movies be faithfully done, and actually having the chance to step onto the set is just overwhelming on so many levels. I know I’m rambling now, but I simply don’t want this report to end. When May 16, 2008 finally rolls around, it’ll be a strange feeling to see a shot and know that I was there that day. But, when I go see the film, I want to try to forget about everything for two hours, and just watch C. S. Lewis’ world come to life once again. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. 209 days to go, further up and further in!

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“And that is the pith of my story.”