VDT Filming Locations Still in Flux
It seems that the filming locations for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader are still up in the air. Even though the Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico are set in stone, all other filming locations (like New Zealand) are still in question.
The third installment of Disney and Walden Media’s “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise is sailing from New Zealand to Mexico.
Production of the first two pics — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Prince Caspian” — was largely based in New Zealand because of government tax incentives. Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, which created most of the films’ effects and props, also are based in that country.
But producers of the new pic, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” to be directed by Michael Apted, needed several large soundstages plus a massive water tank. Title of the film refers to the ship that serves as a major set piece.
Because of that, production will move to Rosarito, Mexico, and set up shop at Baja Studios, where “Titanic,” “Deep Blue Sea” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” were shot.
Basing the pic mainly in one location also will cut costs, sources close to the production said.
Location shots in Australia will still be filmed as planned.
Production originally was slated to start in October, but will now likely begin in January.
New Zealand was a confirmed location back in early May — confirmed by both Ben Barnes and Mark Johnson, though whether it’s still going to be used or not, we don’t know. Mark Johnson also said that they were looking at Argentina as a possible shooting location. This is the first time Australia has been mentioned as a definite shooting location, though we know it was scouted last year. You can read Variety’s full article here.
Thanks Mike and KnightofGondor for the heads-up!