News for Oct. 09, 2005

Narnia preview at Fantastic Fest

10/09/05, 10:11 pm EST - Xoanon

From Jette Kernion of Despite the crummy weather and resulting traffic nightmare in Austin on Friday, I was able to haul ass across town to the Alamo Drafthouse for the second day of Fantastic Fest, in good time to attend the presentation on special effects in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The lobby area of the Alamo had transformed entirely from Thursday's Zathura theme to Narnia. Several large glass cases housed models of various creatures, armor, and weapons used in the film. Two nearby monitors showed "Making of" featurettes. The metal-detector drill was even more severe than on the previous day. Howard Berger from KNB EFX (aka "the B of KNB") brought along some interesting samples of his work from the film, as well as two slide shows. The presentation also included a 10-minute preview of the film. In between, Berger fielded questions from audience members and moderator Harry Knowles. Berger said that for The Chronicles of Narnia, KNB was responsible for creating many of the creature effects. CG effects were used for Aslan the lion, the faun legs, and a few other creature effects, but KNB designed costumes and makeup for 23 species and 170 individual characters. The armor and weaponry were designed by Weta. [More]