The second film of the Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian is here and is a visual feast of special effects and fantasy ideas. Though the CG isnt at the level of integration and refinement of the Golden Compass, it is still very accomplished and a joy to see. Once again I am struck by the importance of the soundtrack and audio in general. It has me all the more excited about next sessions Sound Construction 1 course at COFA.
It is good to see the cast back and growing in the Harry Potter series way. The IMDB page gets us to a nice series of links where we see that Ben Barnes was also in Stardust as well as the young Dunstan. I liked the mice - they remind me of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques.
Looking more closely at the CG work - there are some lovely sequences. The flying creatures are great and there are extended battle and creature rich scenes full of action and dramatic camera work. The dream sequence with the petals is beautiful and sometimes these more subtle pieces are the nicest. There is a heap of camera match 3D work, for things like the centaurs and integration with miniatures and more - awesome. All up the sheer level and integration of the CG is on an immense scale, a mammoth undertaking.
There is a short article by Jack Egan on CGSociety on the CG work for the film.
[image of the CG Aslan with Lucy from the CGSociety article]
Collider.com has an article and a series of clips that explore the production of the film for us all. Below is an image of some of the heroes showing that there was alot of creation of the world outside of the CG endeavour as well.
[image from Narnia 2 showing the cast and supporting folk in full reglia from thesun.co.uk]