New Dawn Treader Filming Report

Narnia Web member ellz_bellz visited the set and sent in this report:
A picture of the set

UPDATE: You can view her pictures here.

I took a trip to the set today, and was absolutely AMAZED by what I saw. First, as we pulled in on the Shuttle Bus, there were about fifty locals watching, and a few pressed up against the fence. Overshadowing them all was the Dawn Treader herself. You really have to see it to appreciate just how beautiful it is. They were in the process of filming a scene were a dragon lands on the mast.

The Crew were armed with TELMARINE crossbows (I could recognise the eagle head), and were instructed to fire at the dragon. They all wore Telmarine style shirts and vests, and some wore beanie-like caps. Amoung them all was one black minotaur (Shane Rangi?) and a Faun that I remembered from Prince Caspian. I caught a glimpse of Ben Barnes, wearing a shirt similar to his cream shirt in PC, with black pants.

Jeff “O” (I can’t spell his second name) is the man who we have been hearing over the loudspeaker, not Michael Apted, as first thought. I got some great footage of the boat rocking from side to side, and the crew scrambling all over it. Jeff O started each take with “Rolling!…And he’s landing on the mast! What he doing up there!?…Fire at him, You’re firing at him, and…HIT! And he’s falling, he’s in the water!…And he’s back up again, he’s cricling the ship, he’s at the front, he’s t the front, and he’s off, back to island, and he’s gone… Cut”

We met a few people on the way. I saw the doubles for Ben, Georgie, Will and Skandar. I didn’t see Georgie or Will, but my sister was pretty sure she spotted Skandar chatting with Michael Apted while I was away.

While I was checking out the crew with my binoculars, one of the guys spotted me, and aimed his crossbow at us. I pulled out a sign my friend and I had made that said “YAY” and held it up, He laughed and gave me the thumbs up.

I noticed that there was a small girl (8 or 9) walking around et. SHe was dressed like a telmarine, and had her hair done “Narnianish”.

But, the most incredible thing that happened was when we were heading back fromlunch, we spotted none other than DOUGLAS GRESHAM himself. I had seen him walking around set, and had a bit of a freak-out. But he quite literally just strolling around the open area, out of the gates, in his trade-mark high pants and cap. I immediately walked up to him and asked if he was Douglas Gresham (even though I was sure he was). He looked so surprised on being recognized, but replied that he was. We then asked for a photo and stopped for a chat. He was SO NICE, talking to us like we were good friends, and informed us that the set looked fantastic, and that they were ahead of schedule for the day. We then asked if the dragon “attacking” the boast was Eustace, which confirmed was (he looked even more suprised by the fact we knew what was going on!). After saying good bye and skipping off, I realised that My camera hadn’t captuured our photo. I ran back, and asked for another photo, we he instantly agreed to. He then asked for our names, and said it was very nice to meet us. All in all, a lovely man.

Most of the videos I took have me talking through them, but there are a couple of good ones. I’ll include then one were I first spot Doug, and freak out.

I will advise all people in the area to go check it out!

85 Responses

  1. graycsc says:

    I don't think there's a problem with action, I just think there's a problem with everyone being on the ship and not the island when they first encounter Eustace as a dragon

  2. graycsc says:

    I completely agree narnialover101. There is some action in the book, and it's just enough. It's not about action and the filmmakers shouldn't change it to put in action like they did in PC, which didn't need it either

  3. Silver the Wanderer says:

    I really don't think he's attacking the ship, guys. Picture yourself as one of the crewmen. You're onboard the Dawn Treader, and all of a sudden, this dragon comes out of the blue and starts flying toward you. Wouldn't you panic? The crewmen only think that EustaceDragon is attacking the ship because they don't know who he really is yet.

  4. graycsc says:

    I really hope so

  5. graycsc says:

    I really hope it's not like that, it would be nothing like the book. It could work if Eustace flies over the boat thinking they're about to leave him, only to find it's just the part of the crew that stayed on the ship while the rest went on to the island. The crew on the island are away from the beach searching for him, so he doesn't see them and thinks they're all on the ship about to leave him. He gets to the ship and after being shot at, he goes back to the island, lands on the beach, and encounters Caspian and the rest coming back to the beach after their search.

  6. graycsc says:

    That makes sense and I hope it's true but then what would she be doing there while they're filming a scene on the ship and only near an uninhabited island?

  7. Lucy the Valiant says:

    WOW…you actually talked to Doug!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Conga rats! 😀 I am glad he confirmed the dragon is Eustace, even though I would MUCH rather that they meet him on the island. Hopefully they then go to the island and that's where the *actual* meeting takes place. Cause I like the whole dragon tear and Reep part there. I can't believe Doug confirmed it was Eustace though….he probably didn't expect that news to make it onto a website like this! 😀

  8. Michael_Hicks says:

    Yes, Greycsc, I think your scenario makes the most
    sense of those proposed so far.

  9. Leolani says:

    Jo habla Español muy poco, usted dice que en Ingles?

  10. ellz_bellz says:

    WOOHOOO, Someone called us smart!

  11. ellz_bellz says:

    Yes he is actually, well, much taller than me!

  12. Fandango says:

    … Here's a thought … Rumour #7 'Gael'?

  13. FriendOfNarnia2 says:

    I don't generally like action for action sake. The story must continue to be told, and in VDT action would get in the way of that.

  14. Reepicheep the fearless says:

    Wow! I'm practicly speechless!

  15. Countess Shamira says:

    Thanks for the pics!

  16. K. J. Hill says:


  17. narnian resident says:

    haha! i would react the same way she did if i had seen douglas gresham too!

  18. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    Sweet! It'd be cool to meet Douglas Gresham. (Better yet, C.S. Lewis, but he's dead, so I guess I'll have to wait till I get to Heaven…. ;D )
    But what's with the TELMARINE stuff??

  19. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    Of course he didn't! Spies aren't called spies for nothing! ;D

  20. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    That's what I'm thinking. Like in the book, he's on the beach just waiting for them, and the crew (being wary and all) advanced with swords drawn etc..

  21. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    Way to say it, Silver the Wanderer!

  22. HappyGiant says:

    This is so totally awesome!

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