ComingSoon.net Visits the Dawn Treader Set
Late last year, Heather Newgen from ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to visit the set of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and interview the cast and crew. Her first report is now online, and it includes an interview with Director Michael Apted. More reports are on the way, so keep checking back!
A few highlights:
The part of the scene we were there for was a cut to Lucy just after she reads the spell. She looks up from the book and realizes that it is snowing. The scene is actually a significant part of the movie because the Magician tells them what is going on in Narnia and what they must do to defeat it. It is also explained why they must find the seven lords of Telmar who were exiled by Caspian’s uncle, around the time that “Prince Caspian” takes place.
ComingSoon.net: How close to the book are you staying?
Michael Apted: In some areas very close and in other areas not at all. The book is lovely because it’s just a lot of different stories, but that doesn’t work in a movie. You’ve got to have a drive to do this. You have to keep the audiences’ attention. You don’t just need one chapter in night at bed. You need the next one so there needs to be a drive to it and that’s one of the challenges we had. It took a long time to figure that out.
CS: “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is considered to be one of the fans’ favorite books, so does that add pressure to you as a director?
Apted: Yes, and that’s one of the issues of doing a franchise is great expectation so you really do have to deliver for an audience. You don’t want to mess the franchise up. It’s great there’s a lot of people out there waiting for it–you know you’re going to get an audience–but also you don’t want to disappoint that audience so you’re very aware of the weight of expectations on you.
Stay tuned for more!