Sunday, January 13, 2008

Narnia Effects Guru Judges Contest

From Ninja Crayon: Antics Contest!
Antics is hosting a contest to be judged by 3-time Oscar Winning VFX Sup., Jim Rygiel.

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Whether you are a filmmaker, Machinimator, animator or simply anyone with a creative vision, now is your chance to show off your storytelling skills in the Antics Medical Shorts Competition.

Judging the submissions will be 3-time Oscar Winning VFX Supervisor Jim Rygiel.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Former Disney Exec Could Join Fledgling Walden

From the Los Angeles Times: Former Disney executive could join Walden Media
Walden Media, the producer of family films backed by billionaire Philip Anschutz, is in discussions to hire former Walt Disney Co. executive Nina Jacobson in a senior post amid a restructuring of the company.

The moves follow a spotty track record for Walden's films, which, despite the firm's 2005 blockbuster "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and its ambitions to compete with Disney in family entertainment, have had limited success at the box office.

Jacobson is under contract as a producer for DreamWorks SKG. People close to Anschutz cautioned that an agreement had not been reached and that Walden Media was talking with other candidates about the post.

Jacobson's Disney experience, which included oversight of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure" movie franchises when she headed production at the studio, gives her a strong background in family movies. She did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Cary Granat, chief executive of Walden Media, is expected to stay at the company to shepherd the upcoming "Narnia" sequels, as well as other special projects. Disney is scheduled to release "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" in May.

"We are restructuring, not retrenching," said David Weil, chief executive of Anschutz Film Group. "I think we can do it better than we have. Sometimes we have done it very well. Other times not as well."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Strike Impacts Narnia Production Anyway

From Variety: Warner sets layoffs due to strike
The pinkslips just keep coming -- even though film production remains robust.

Faced with the death of scripted TV production and ongoing uncertainty over the WGA strike, showbiz continues to trim jobs.

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Anschutz Film Group shingles Walden Media and Bristol Bay shuttered the majority of their creative departments and laid off much of the physical production staff as well. Exec veep of production Alex Schwartz was among those let go. Walden will retain the key players on its "Narnia" team.
Despite the delay in the production of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the strike nonetheless impacts Prince Caspian work as well. And with the last-minute FX hustle that LWW was forced into, one wonders if the quality will not suffer as well.

Caspian Tie-in Features Lewis-designed Timeline

From Fox Business: 'Prince Caspian' Movie Tie-In Edition Features Exclusive Narnia Timeline Originated by C. S. Lewis
For the first time, readers can experience Narnia in a collectible edition featuring an 8-page, fold-out insert based on C. S. Lewis's own timeline conceived for Narnia. The stunning cover artwork from 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' movie introduces a dashing new hero-actor Ben Barnes ('Stardust') as Prince Caspian.

The full-color timeline, recreated from C. S. Lewis's original and paired with Pauline Baynes' classic full color illustrations for the first time, provides the key to the passage of time in Narnia and Earth by laying the two worlds side by side. Never before has C. S. Lewis's timeline been included in a complete edition of all seven books of Narnia. Readers can now enjoy the beloved stories and use the timeline as a guide to orient themselves within the epic work.
The work releases April 1st.

Friday, January 4, 2008

McAvoy Declines "Prince Caspian" Prank

From PR-Inside: McAvoy Refused Narnia Prank
Actor JAMES McAVOY refused to participate in a prank on the cast of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, because he "couldn't be bothered" to dress up as his character in the original movie to surprise the crew.

The star played the role of Mr Tumnus, who is half-man half-goat, in the original film - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - but won't be reprising his role for Prince Caspian - the next big screen adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novels.

McAvoy was filming in Prague, Czech Republic, at the same time as the Prince Caspian cast and was asked to get into costume as the famous character to play a joke on the crew - a request he denied.

He says, "They really wanted to do me up as Mr Tumnus and take me on set and just stand by the director and just go, 'Hey, how're you doing?' "But I couldn't be bothered with three hours of make-up."