Estimated Budget: $100 million (estimated)
Shooting Dates: February 12, 2007 – September 2007
Shooting Locations: Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, Haast River Valley, and forests near Paradise Valley and Glenorchy outside of Queenstown on the South Island. Additional locations included the Barrandov and Modrany Studios soundstages in Prague as well as outdoor locations in the Czech Republic city of Usti, Poland, and Slovenia.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trivia
Andrew Adamson (Shrek) made his live-action feature film directing debut with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and returned to the director’s chair for Prince Caspian. He will not be helming the third movie of the franchise, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Adamson’s passing the Narnia baton to Michael Apted (Amazing Grace).
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe earned over $745 million worldwide during its theatrical release. The story in Prince Caspian takes place one year after the events of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which equals 1,300 years in Narnian time. Director Adamson offers this synopsis of Prince Caspian: “Prince Caspian tells the story of Narnia 1,300 years after the Pevensies left. The Telmarines have taken over Narnia and driven all the creatures into the forest. Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, has been ousted by his uncle, Miraz. Caspian blows Susan’s horn to bring the Pevensie children back to Narnia to save the land from Miraz, this unrightful king.”
Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, In Bruges) was the first new actor hired for the Prince Caspian film. Dinklage’s transformation into the character Trumpkin took 2 ½ hours in the makeup trailer.
Ben Barnes caught the eye of Narnia’s casting people while on stage in The History Boys. Barnes, a long-time fan of the C.S. Lewis novels who still has the Prince Caspian book he read for the first time when he was just eight years old, left The History Boys to join the Narnia cast. His decision to take on the role of Prince Caspian didn't sit well with the theatre company.
Barnes wasn’t a good horseman before taking on the lead role in Prince Caspian, although at the time of his casting director Adamson assumed he was. Barnes greatly exaggerated his ability to ride a horse during the audition process.
There were over 1,600 CGI shots used in Prince Caspian.
Howard Berger’s KNB EFX Group had to create several full-scale animatronic suits for the Narnian creatures (including centaurs and minotaurs). And, according to Berger, his team set a record by doing 4,600 makeups over the course of the movie.
The castle where Caspian lives in the film was built at Barrandov Studios in Prague. Production designer Roger Ford took C.S. Lewis’ very basic description of the castle and created, with the help of 200 carpenters and other craftspeople, a six story building with 20,000 square feet of space.
35 full time craftspeople created over 7,000 props for the movie.
Costume designer Isis Mussenden and associate designer Kimberly Adams built 262 cast outfits as well as 3,722 items for the Telmarine army and 1,003 Telmarine villager items.