First ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader’ Production Blog Update

The cast and crew give some updates from the set of the upcoming 3rd film.
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The official page for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader have posted their official production blog update from the set of the film, which stars Starring:Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell and Will Poulter. Check out the blog post below...

Bungee jumping off the highest bridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

Conquering the third highest canyon swing in the world.

Diving off Auckland's Sky Tower's terrifying 630-foot cable drop.

The act of a daredevil?

No, just that of a curious and fearless teenager.

His name is Skandar Keynes.

This time, his feats of daring are playing "Paper-Scissors-Rock" 24 feet underwater!

When it was proposed (or mandated) that Skandar and co-stars Will Poulter and

Georgie Henley don a wet suit to earn their scuba PADI (Professional Association of

Diving Instructors) certificate before filming commenced on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the teenage trio dove right in, you might say, to yet another adventure and challenge.

The third book in C.S. Lewis' series begins when the two youngest Pevensies, along with their irritating cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a bedroom wall painting, which depicts a ship sailing on the high seas.

To create the effect of the bedroom flooding with water, the production's mechanical SFX crew, under the direction of veteran movie magician Brian Cox, and working with Barry Robison's and Ian Gracie's crack art department and construction crew, duplicated the sound stage bedroom set on an elevated platform which was then dunked into the smaller of Warner Roadshow's two exterior studio water tanks. The three actors were then instructed to swim out of the bedroom door and windows to the surface.

Weeks before their scenes were filmed, Keynes, Poulter and Henley underwent a three-day scuba diving course under the supervision of Aussie diving instructor Andrew Allen. The actors trained in a local swimming pool and at sea.

You can say they all took to the lessons like fish to water.

After a relatively short rehearsal period in the studio tanks, filming began on the bedroom water scenes in late July, the first week of production. A short time later, the three young actors dove into a second studio tank, to enact the moments where they surface in the ocean and are saved by Caspian and his crew aboard the Dawn Treader.

One might assume the cast would wait until all camera angles were set before jumping into the tank. Not so. There were several situations where the actors were required to wait underwater until director Michael Apted (the new skipper at the helm of the "Narnia" franchise) called "action!" In these instances, stunt coordinator Allan Poppleton's safety dive crew rigged scuba tanks to the floor of the studio water tank, 24 feet underwater. The actors would then dive to the bottom of the pool, don a mask and regulator, and breathe normally until they were ready to film a take at the water's surface.

The actors became so adept and comfortable staying underwater for long periods that, to pass the time, they would play "Paper-Scissors-Rock!" while awaiting their filming cue. The game simulates a coin toss in selecting something for a desired purpose - such as determining who would make it to the surface first once Apted rolled cameras.

Now certified to dive anywhere in the world, one wonders if about the cast's next seafaring pursuits?

Did anyone say "surfing?"

Indeed. Skandar has used some of his daily meal money to purchase a surfboard, which he confirms he will ship back to his London flat -- probably for use on either the Thames or the English Channel. Perhaps he'll decide from a game of Paper-Scissors-Rock!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader is in theaters May 7th, 2010.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was released December 10th, 2010.

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  • azador • 6 years ago

    Aw, yeah! He was spot on in PC so I can't wait to see him pitted against Eustace in this one. It's bound to be very entertaining.


    • shuabert • 6 years ago

      Reepicheep returns!


      • azador • 6 years ago

        For the haters: Whatever you say these movies are good so live with it. They're geared toward a younger audience anyway so if you don't like them then fine, take your kids, just stop being annoying pricks.

        I am looking forward to this a lot simply because Voyage was always my favourite of the novels.


        • illuminati • 6 years ago

          blogs posted on another blog? can anyone say redundant!

          the movie has potential. It could have been alot better, but the series gave the kids a decent fantasy saga.


          • fanboy • 6 years ago

            this will be good, hopefully. stop playa hating on a movie when you havent even seen the f*cking trailer yet, god you whining little bitches


            • kguy • 6 years ago

              Come on you guys, there is a hard chance of them making the rest of the narnias because of you, if they don't make more than $141,621,490 domestically or $419,651,413 worldwide, it's over. You guys better see it, because I want to see "The Last Battle".


              • indianajones • 6 years ago

                Another one?...Rediculous.


                • zgcorleone072 • 6 years ago

                  Another one.......You got to be f*cking kidding me. I mean the first was long enough lol


                  • soylentgreen • 6 years ago

                    I had to read this stupid story in 5th grade. F*ck Narnia.


                    • mosorwvlad • 6 years ago

                      Kids with bows and swords fighting beast and grown man that's really pushing it ! I hate this kind of movies !


                      • azador • 6 years ago

                        I don't think he's playing anyone, it sounds like he's just directing the SFX crews.


                        • shuabert • 6 years ago

                          Wait...Brian Cox is in this? Who is he?


                          • jonspidey07 • 6 years ago

                            I am looking forward to seeing this movie

                            strange, I thought Susan and Peter werent going to be back in this one

                            still Im excited and I cant believe this series is almost over already :)


                            • instead8909 • 6 years ago

                              I'll watch this when it comes out, sure hope it's better than the last two.


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