Crosswalk.com Interviews Douglas Gresham
Crosswalk.com has posted an excellent interview with Douglas Gresham regarding The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Here are some highlights.
This is your third time out with a Narnia film. But even so, is it sill thrilling to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on the big screen?
Absolutely! I enjoy making these movies enormously for the most part. I spent the whole of the shooting time actually on set this time. I enjoy it enormously. This is a tough job. There’s a lot of work involved, but at the same time it’s a blessing for me to get to do it.
Can you give an example of something in the adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that you took issue with or fought for or didn’t want changed from book to screen?
Well there are so many. Always when you translate a book from the sort of medium of print into a movie, you’re going to have to make changes. What happens in these things is that there’s a sort of group of people—almost an informal committee—that decide what to do and what to put into the screenplay and so forth. And being a complete and utter Narnia fanatical purist, any comma they moved to me is an anathema. So I argue pretty strongly for what I believe in. And we always come to a compromise situation. So there are always things that I would rather not have done, and there are always things the director probably would not have done. And he’s moved in my direction, and I’ve moved in his. This is the sort of cooperative process in making a movie from a book. And I think it probably doesn’t infringe on people’s consciousness when they see the movies as much as it does on mine when I’m actually making the movies. I work very hard to make my points and some of them are understood and some of them are not and so forth. But we always work as sort of a team to eventually come out with something that results in usually a first-class film.
What is your favorite scene in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?
Well, without a doubt, my favorite scene in this film is the ending of it. It’s one of the most moving and beautiful scenes ever put on-screen. I think everybody will find it the same way.
You can read the full and quite lengthy interview at Crosswalk’s Narnia coverage!
I also rather liked Crosswalk.com’s little editorial on whether or not you should read the book before you see the movie.