Prince Caspian: A Film of Epic Proportions

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CBNNews.com - "Prince Caspian" arrived in theaters Friday, and the second trip to Narnia promises to be even bigger and better than the first.

But it took much more than magic to bring the film to the big screen.

Click play button for a Newswatch interview with Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and TV Commision, and his comments on Prince Caspian.

How do you produce a tale of epic proportions?

Disney and Walden Media, creators of the new film "Prince Caspian," shows how.

"Every single moment that you visualize after you first read the script, and you get on the seet and it's ten times bigger than you thought it would be," Ben Barnes, star of the movie, said.

"I think the locations are as much a character of the story...as our actor's are," the movie's director, writer and producer, Andrew Adamson said.

"We've had a 14 strong design team," Richard Taylor said. He was in charge of specialty wardrobes in the film. "We also had a manufacturing team of 50 to 60 people: sword smiths, mold makers and …all the miniature builders working on Moraz's Castle"

Bringing the mythical characters of Narnia to life was an intriguing challenge.

"Satyrs, monitors, fawns: they're all hybrids - a human torso with an animal body," visual effects supervisor, Wendy Rogers, explained.

The make up and prosthetic devices used to create such creatures were a challenge to the actors wearing them.

Each action sequence was carefully coordinated to create realistic fight scenes while ensuring the safety of the actors.

Computer generated graphics helped create amazing special effects, such as the attack of a ferocious animal, or uniquely magical landscapes.

They enhanced battle scenes, expanding them to massive proportions.

The musical score also had to convey the sweeping emotional landscape of the film.

"We experimented with music from the previous score of The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe," said composer, Harry Gregson-Williams. "I think the music will have a magical quality. It's heart is utopia."

The logistics of equipping scenes for battle, plotting rescues or timing explosions all required professional behind the scenes care and attention to detail.

But in the end, it's the audience who determines the success of this sequel to the Narnia tale.

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