Mexico Contributes to the Narnia Movies

From In 2005, Disney and Walden brought “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (the first of the Narnia series that Lewis wrote) to the big screen, and now it’s being followed by “Prince Caspian,” which has several Mexican contributions.

Some of these contributions are in the area of computer-generated visual effects, produced at Studio C in Mexico City, under the direction of Guatemalan-born Carlos Arguello.

The twenty Mexicans working at Studio C produced 40 visual effects for “Prince Caspian.” These effects are briefly seen onscreen, lasting from 3-4 seconds apiece.

But the movie’s most prominent effect produced at Studio C was the “Hag,” quite grotesque and evil, appearing about halfway through the film. Quite effectively done, it managed to scare one of my children when we watched the movie!

Alcazar thoroughly enjoyed his stint on “Prince Caspian,” his first Hollywood movie. The Mexican actor had not even sought the role. Rather, Adamson and the producers had seen his work in Mexican cinema and sought him out for the Sopespian role, not even requiring an audition.

Alcazar says he tried to bring a sense of “Mexican irony” to the role.

In his role as Sospespian, a leader of the Telmarine army, Alcazar wore a suit of armor weighing 55 pounds.

In October, filming is scheduled to begin on the next Narnia movie, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” which is nautically-themed. Two-thirds of the movie is to be filmed in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, in the studio which was constructed for the “Titanic” movie.

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