The Crafting of Narnia: The Art, Creatures, and Weapons from Weta Workshop

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Overview

Before you can film a fantasy movie, you must create an authentic world. What kind of weather is found within, what would the buildings be made of, what creatures populate its land, and what is the history behind its people? For every stunning frame of film, there have been countless hours of work to create such majesty. And what a task to bring to the screen one of the world's most beloved children's series, C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia.

This book, written and designed by the artists of the Academy-Award winning special effects house Weta Workshop, chronicles the stunning concept drawings, designs, and props that helped director Andrew Adamson shape the world of Narnia in cinematic glory. With detailed photography, hundreds of never before seen drawings and sculptures, and commentary from the artists and craftspeople of the workshop, discover the intricate work and exhaustive research and detail that went into each piece, prop, and weapon made by Weta Workshop for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. This beautifully illustrated collector's edition follows the journey of ideas, from initial sketches through finished designs to final, exquisitely hand-crafted props, armor, and miniatures. Witness firsthand the intricate models for the creatures in the White Witch's army, the difference between a Boggle and a Harpy, how Mr. Tumnus evolved, how dwarves and Centaurs were armored, and much, much more.

The Crafting of Narnia provides a unique window into the movie-making experience.

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“A coffee table book for insatiable fans of all things Narnia. Looking at the first two movies in the series, this is a fantastically detailed book....”
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"A coffee table book for insatiable fans of all things Narnia. Looking at the first two movies in the series, this is a fantastically detailed book...."
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“A coffee table book for insatiable fans of all things Narnia. Looking at the first two movies in the series, this is a fantastically detailed book....”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061456350
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Narnia Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world's entertainment and wider creative industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse range of disciplines all housed under the one roof. These services include conceptual design and the manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics, and public art installations or displays. The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company's design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and television, offering services to creative industries worldwide

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First Chapter

The Crafting of Narnia
The Art, Creatures, and Weapons from Weta Workshop

Chapter One

Into Two Worlds

One of Weta Workshop's preproduction responsibilities was to provide broad visuals to initiate design discussion and conversation about potential looks for the film. Working closely with Grant Major and Roger Ford, these responsibilities fell mostly on the shoulders of concept artist Gus Hunter, a specialist in dramatic, story-driven production art. Gus visited all the movie's major fantasy locations in his art, offering a range of options for how they might be portrayed. Christian Rivers also produced a number of rich and evocative mood studies of key moments.

Other Weta designers also shared their ideas and produced artwork for specific scenes, but most focused on the climactic battle sequence, which required a great deal of discussion and planning. The designers explored the dynamics of how so many diverse animals and fantasy creatures might go to war and what the broad setting for the battle might be.

Andrew Adamson expressed his desire to explore strong seasonal themes in the film's visuals, something the designers would bear in mind while offering ideas for lighting and color.

The environmental design was also going on simultaneously in the US, with the production's Art Department in Los Angeles working directly with Andrew and other artists whose talents were tapped remotely from their homes elsewhere in the world. Thus it was a worldwide team, including accomplished artists like Justin Sweet, Craig Mullins, John Howe and Alan Lee, that would lead much of the environmental design of the film.

Later, as the production began moving forward and creative choices were made about what specific scenes and shots needed to accomplish, the production art became more focused. Weta's artists made use of specially provided location photography from intended filming locations as these were found, painting or drawing directly over photographic elements or stills from roughly animated block outs of scenes. Weta's artists would apply up to date designs and the most recently discussed ideas to show how they might come to play in the final film. The Crafting of Narnia
The Art, Creatures, and Weapons from Weta Workshop
. Copyright © by Ernie Weta Workshop. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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