Eustace vs. Reepicheep, More Dragon Attack Details

We recently received this report from ‘Loren’:

I was recently at the filming site for VDT and I saw them filming 2 different scenes. One was the one where the dragon attacks the ship and the other was Eustace and Reepicheep’s ‘fight scene’.

Dragon Attack

The directions for the dragon attack I think we already know about. All the actors were on the ship while the director (or at least someone with an American accent) gave instructions like “okay, the dragon’s coming up to the ship, he’s flying to one, now he’s at two, now he’s at three, okay now he’s on the mast!’ At one point I saw Drinian walk down the stairs looking very important.

The crew of the ship were running around while Georgie was on a higher level of the ship with a young girl. Before the dragon came, the scene consisted of Lucy having a conversation with her. When the dragon does come Lucy ducks down and forces the girl down with her, but when the ship’s crew start to fire at the dragon when he’s on the mast, Lucy shouts ‘what’s he doing?!!!’ or ‘what are are they doing?!!’ or something like that, obviously she is not happy with the fact that the dragon is being shot at.

Eustace vs. Reepicheep

The other scene I could only see that Eustace comes up to the edge and looks over the side of the ship with a sword, I get the feeling he thinks he’s somehow forced Reepicheep into the water. Then a man with a greenscreen mouse comes over and places it on the ropes near Eustace, Eustace sees him and then they go off out of view to the centre of the ship, but I can guess what’s going on because the director (or whoever it was) is saying to the Dawn Treader crew “okay guys, you’re clapping, you’re laughing you’re enjoying the fight”.

Later the scene was redone using a more realistic looking mouse, and they shot some footage with the silver ball. They alternated between shooting the scene with a still ship and with the ship rocking.

Around the Set

Those are the only two scenes I saw. Aside from this I saw Douglas Gresham, wearing his trademark hat, Mark Johnson (who was spending a lot of time around the stuntmen’s tent), Skandar (a few times, but only for like a second), Georgie (likewise), Will and that mysterious young girl…

More exciting for me though, was when a stunt faun and a stunt dwarf came up to where the spectators were behind a fence and talked to us for a while. There were a few little kids there and the stunt dwarf was giving them high fives, I asked him if I could have one too so I got one. The stunt faun explained that as his role was uncredited in the film, he had been given the title of ‘Random Faun’ and that that led to him being called ‘Randy the faun’. I was most excited when Shane Rangi came up to talk to us. I got a bit frustrated because the little kids were just throwing random comments at him like ‘are you a gorilla?’ (he was in his minotaur suit, just without his head) when I finally got to talk to him about his roles as General Otmin and Asterius he seemed very pleased that he was recognized for being something other than a ‘gorilla’. I saw a few props, mainly just barrels and ropes and swords. I’d also like to point out that there was one extra (one of the DT crew) whose name was Herrman who seemed desperate to be famous because he spent almost all of his downtime in front of the gate where all the spectators were and let’s just say he was a little eccentric. If you waved at him he would raise his hand and stare at you for like ten seconds and then he would stare at you every time he walked past. He also at one point started giving all these little kids bags of nuts and prunes through the gate. It was kinda weird seeing a Telmarine drinking Gatorade while listening to an iPod…not to mention the faun with an iPhone!

We’re hoping to get pictures soon, so keep checking this story for updates!

UPDATE: Three new pictures from the set have been posted on this blog. The last one looks like it could be related to the Eustace/Reepicheep fight (notice the stuffed Reep stand-in). Thanks to Icarus.

118 Responses

  1. GlimGlum says:

    Probably just stand-ins for Lucy and Edmund probably. They don't have to be in costume if they are just doing what the following definition says:
    Definition=1 : someone employed to occupy an actor's place while lights and camera are readied – according to Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary.

  2. aravistarkheena says:


  3. JadistarkilleR says:

    new photo: i really hope those kids are just stand ins for the Reep shot. because i'm gonna be honest– i dont think i can handle any more *new* kids getting added to VDT that isnt part of the story.

  4. Bother Eustace says:

    They've /got/ to be stand-ins. No way there's more kids involved in this story.

  5. Aliea says:

    it must be hard to fight a invisable mouse with a invisable sword…..
    I really like the MLG, she's cute, and it will be nice to have a girl that's about LWW Lucy's age πŸ™‚
    also, i can't wait for the Dragon scene! i have a feeling that Lucy says "What are they doing?!!" because she thinks it might be Eustace. hmm i'm not quite sure about the Reep Vs. Eustace thingummy… to think that it looks like E. thinks he forced Reep off of the ship! Sheesh! is he in for a suprise!

  6. Caspian says:

    Hey look! Digory and Polly on board the Dawn Treader!!!

    ….not. πŸ˜‰ Oh well. As long as they're adding MLG's and random subplots, the least we can expect is for them to mix up the timelines as well. Loved the bit about Herrman and Randy. πŸ˜‰ Thanks to 'Loren' for the report!!!

  7. JadistarkilleR says:

    rotfl! wouldnt it be a shock to have Digory and Polly jump out from one of the pools and wound up on the Dawn Treader, look around in horror and jump right back from where they came from? :p

  8. Alsan's my homeboy says:

    ohhh my goodness can't wait for the Eustace vs. Reep scene it is gonna be so hilarious!!!

  9. narnian resident says:

    perhaps, but that would creep the heck out of me!!

  10. narnian resident says:

    this is so cool. that mystery girl sounds really interesting, i wonder if she's going to be an important character to the story? the eustace and reep fight sounds like its going to be bigger, and better! eustace has a sword? wow! thats cool! of course i figured someday he would get a sword on this journey. everything sounds awesome! i want to be there soooo bad!!

  11. narnian resident says:

    dont believe rumors, whether they're true or not. i dont believe anything until i have facts and confirmation.

  12. NarniaNut says:

    Bother Eustace,I totally agree with you!
    If they stick romance between the two,I'm gonna personally kill to the people who thought of it!
    It's enough what they did with Susan and Caspian

  13. NarniaNut says:

    Me Sa U Sa,that's gross gross gross!Please never mention the title!

  14. NarniaNut says:

    Yeah that's what I'm trying to do.
    *swallows nervously*

  15. Narniamiss says:

    Ah, that would make a bit more sense.

  16. Reepicheep3 says:

    I cant Wait for the movieb YaYaYAYA

  17. The narniad says:

    Well, this looks like it's coming on well, and I don't think MLG will do any harm. I can't wait to see the Eustace Reepicheep scenes! I'm still a bit bothered by the state of the boat though, I feel obsessivley attatched to it, and don't like seeing oart of the railings torn off- it's quite depressing actually. Haha, that just made me sound like a complete nerd πŸ˜›

  18. daughter of the King says:

    How about the twelve-day storm? Being surrounded by invisible enemies? And the Dark Island, and the conflict at Deathwater? And the edge of the world? How are all those not exciting? I know they're not huge action sequences, but the story doesn't need action. It's a good story the way it is.

  19. Lucille Brown says:

    If they have her for Lady of the Green Kirtle they shouldn't add Lady of the Green Kirtle in this movie, they should wait till Silver Chair.

  20. Eden says:

    Very cool! I can't wait to see the Eustace and Reepicheep fight! XD

    I am kinda interested in the part the MLG will play in VotDT. But I do hope she isn't a major change in the storyline. I would really like it if VotDT stayed close to the book.

    BTW, who are the two kids in the last pic at the bottom? They don't look familiar…. Or maybe my eyes have finally gone! Anyways…

  21. Mirima Rosetrader says:

    Wow! This is so exciting! I cannot wait to see more! How am I going to wait until next year? I know not how I will! I'm keeping an open mind and I'm not going to have an previous judgement before I see the movie, but I am liking it so far I kind of will like a couple surprises. I really wonder who this Gael girl is? Hmmmmmm… Only time will tell. Thank you Icarus! Cannot wait to see more! Sail on VDT!

  22. -queenSUSAN- says:

    or, more aptly, Mysterious Little Gael. πŸ˜‰

  23. Adeona says:

    MLGael is "Hanging out" around Lucy and the other main characters, and is the focal point of at least one scene (jumping off the DT makes her that!). Lucy even shouts her name. The characters don't just jump to that point; there has to be at least a short shared history between them. There must be more scenes with Gael. (Am I understandable?!) How do they meet? What is MLG's basic backstory? These are questions that are going to have to be answered somewhere in the movie.
    Therefore: MLGael is definitely "Freak out" worthy for those who are Book Purists.

    I, on the other hand, am not too worried-yet! She's sweet, and I don't mind a little bit of tampering with the plot. Key words: Little bit.

  24. Adeona says:

    For sure!

  25. Cas says:

    I go down to the set nearly every day (I took most of the photos on this site) and have become friends with Herman. He's not desperate to be famous, he's just a really nice man.

  26. narniafan4ever says:

    I agree. As long as they don't tamper too much with the story line, I'm okay with MLG. I am a book purist to a certain extent, but I think I can handle this. πŸ™‚
    And yes, it is sad to see the dawn treader in such a state of dis-repair! *sniffle* Either way, I CAN"T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚
    oooo….and Reep is going to dual with Eustace?? heehee…..can't wait for that, either. πŸ™‚

  27. Fire Fairy says:

    *Gasps in horror* Lucille Brown, how could you ever suggest such a thing?? They're both way too young!! We don't want to be giving them any ideas!!! I hope you were being sarcastic!!! (That's the problem with posts and comments on the internet–you never have any tone of voice to give you an idea of the real meanings).

  28. Fire Fairy says:

    Ditto, Star Lily. I thought it was going to have something to do with the lone islands and the slave trading, but now it appears that MLG is going to be a bit more than a minor character. It doesn't bother me too much that she's in there, especially since she looks adorable, but only as long as they don't make her into a major character that deviates from the true spirit of the voyage and everything. There's a theme of self progression and improvement in the book that I don't want them to lose. You take that away, and it simply becomes a bunch of random adventures slapped together.

    On the other hand, I'm actually kind of glad they are doing a fight between Eustace and Reepicheep. Will this be the duel that Reep doesn't get the satisfaction of in the book? Or will this happen when Reep catches Eustace stealing water? Hmmm, I hope they show Reep spanking Eustace with the flat of his sword…*grins wickedly*. Can't wait to see how it turns out…!

  29. Fire Fairy says:

    Hmm, good point…

  30. Fire Fairy says:

    Don't forget the part when Reepicheep catches Eustace stealing water and chases him across the deck, spanking him with the flat of his sword (one of my favorite parts)…

  31. Fire Fairy says:

    Some of us are thinking they might be stand-ins for the actors for lighting and camera adjustments (we're hoping) *crosses fingers*.

  32. Lucy&Reepicheep says:

    The boy in the pic looks like freddie Highmore

  33. moviefan says:

    If they want a big role for the MLG she will be Eustace's little sister.

    I hope that doesn't happen…

  34. Lillyput90 says:

    A familiar face in amongst all these new characters! I've seen you on another website Beren, namely forums. But aside from that, I think this MLG is a strange addition to the story. Even "Prince Caspian" didn't have added characters (It only ruined a lot of existent ones). I had really, really hoped they would just stick to the book as far as characters went but oh well, so long as Gael doesn't make Lucy a tomboy……that would destroy the movie for me!

  35. Movie Aristotle says:

    The pictures from the blog are great. Forget the Dawn Treader set; I'd just love to play on that yellow slide!

  36. JadistarkilleR says:

    in one of the papz spy photos (therefore cant be posted :() there is a scene of what looks like Caspian spanking Eustace with the flat of his sword (among the many uses of Rhindon it seems *sigh*). its a photo so i couldnt tell if it was an actual shoot or if Ben and Will were just monkeying around, but there you have it πŸ™‚

  37. Loyal Narnian says:

    I like the idea of MLG. I think more characters will be interesting and tie the story together better than just random adventures thrown together from the book. Besides if it was exactly like the book, it would be kind of boring because we know everything that happens.

  38. skandargirl_95 says:

    yeah, I think it'd be REALLY wierd to see mythical creatures walking around with the latest gadgets…that'd be kind of funny!

  39. Eden says:

    Yeah, I hope so too. I really don't want MORE kids on the Dawn Treader! Lucy, Eustace, Edmund were supposed to be the only ones… So much for that.
    But I'm ok with the MLG, I just don't want the DT swarming with younger people that weren't supposed to be there.

  40. Eden says:

    I dearly hope that doesn't happen.

  41. Gregory says:

    I am a bit concerned about this "fight" between Eustace and Reep. One of my favorite lines in the book was when Reepicheep challenges Eustace and he claims "I am a Pacifist!" I had always hoped that bit would be in there. But it appears they're trying to squeeze in a bit of "Action" here.

    Plus, I think it is actually a rather important part of Eustace's character that he is too much of a coward to fight even a small rodent.

  42. Eden says:

    Yeah, I thought that was a pretty big part of Eustace's character too. I guess we'll just have to wait and see the movie before we can find out if they are gonna stay true to that part.

  43. narniafan4ever says:

    Ha! the arrogance of Eustace! lol! :))

  44. Aravis(narniafan#1) says:

    Lucile Brown, don't ever say that again! You've just broken my heart into four1/2 pieces (not sure how i know)! It was enough, like someone said already, that Caspian and Susan had to have a romantic thing going on, but Eustace… NO!!! And let's hope Edmund or Lucy DO NOT fall in love. I mean, The Caspian/Susan thing is weird because he marries Ramadu's Daughter anyway. Sheesh! I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope they don't change it way to much from the book. I mean, they already did do far, but let's hope they don't go beyond this anymore!

  45. WillMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Don't say such things! You've given me a horrible thought. If Edmund gets romantic with someone. I'll SUE the director, do you hear me… SUE!!! (IF I WERE OLD ENOUGH I WOULD SERIOUSLY SUE:) and do you wanna know why Edmung can't?!?!… because Skandar's all MINE! i think i'm losing my voice.
    PS. Me Sa U Sa; which movie were those 13 year olds kissing? I'll sue them in my mind also.

  46. texugopc says:

    eu acho que gael Γ© a driade…e os garotos poly e digory

  47. King Skandar the Just says:

    Really Awesome! She is so lucky to meet Shane! He's so cool! I can't wait for the movie!
    Sail on Dawn Treader!

  48. Aslan's child says:

    Im with you on that. But to the person who wrote before you… UR WRONG, SKANDYS MINE!!!!!!! ALL MINE!!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!_____________________________________________________________________HA!!!!!!!!!!! HEHEHE seriously. mine.

  49. pixiedust says:

    what's MLG?

  50. WillMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    Well, 2 BAD 4 YOU, MISS Aslan's Child. I got him first. I called him, so I get him. Besides, I decded that right when the moment I 1rst saw him in LWW. And I don't care WHAT you say. so MUAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA yourself!LOL

  51. pixiedust says:

    yeah, but still don't want the movie to be too different from the book

  52. pixiedust says:

    yeah, that is a good point,

  53. Eden says:

    MLG stands for "Mysterious Little Girl" or "Mysterious Little Gael". It the acronym for the little girl in the pics and the video we saw.

  54. CaspianMiraz24 says:

    Eutace cannot fall in love. I was horrified with Susan and Caspian and Eustace is suppose to be at least one year younger than Lucy even. Besides, has everyone forgotten abut Eustace and Jill?

  55. narniafan4ever says:

    Good Point, CaspianMiraz24! I was really disappointed with what they did to Prince Caspian. But, none the less, I am really excited about the movie. πŸ™‚ Long Live Aslan! πŸ™‚

  56. NarniaFreak says:

    OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let there be any kid romance!!!

  57. Narnian Jesus Freakβ™₯(used to be celtic13) says:

    Careful! Don't give them any ideas!!!!!! If Edmund, or Lucy, or Eustace have a romance in VDT… I, I, I, oh, I dunno what I'll do!! But it won't be pretty!! Lucielle Brown: Don't give them any ideas!!!

  58. Lucy&Reepicheep says:

    okay my post just got weird(by the way will is so much cuter than skandar(no offense).