What Does It Mean to Believe in Aslan 1,300 Years Later?
Director Andrew Adamson brings us into the new world of Narnia and addresses the transitions faced by the Pevensies.
The first thing you notice about Andrew Adamson is his attentive and clear vision of what it means to transition the literary world of C.S. Lewis into the cinematic world. He speaks with ease and humor, with obvious respect and understanding of the stories so loved by many. Sometimes, one forgets he also co-directed the first two "Shrek" movies, obviously very different films from the two live-action "Narnia" ones he has already directed. Beliefnet and other media outlets recently attended a press event and spoke to Andrew Adamson about "Prince Caspian." After this movie, he is back on board for "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and the future "Narnia" franchises.
Belief versus doubt seems to be one of the major themes [in this movie], particularly in relation to Aslan, who [doesn't] appear until the end. In the book, he [was] introduced earlier. What was your process in exploring that?
In the book it happens very much within one scene in the gorge, when they're following Aslan and one by one they get to see him. I didn't want to do it that way largely because I felt like it would be a really long scene that wasn't that interesting because it's really just walking through a gorge saying, "Do you see him?" "No, do you see him?" I felt that wouldn't play very cinematically.
I wanted to make it sort of a belief on so many levels. Belief in yourself, belief in Narnia. I guess the thing for me was within Susan, there was this idea of it's better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. And that's more with her in relation to Narnia. She has that line by the campfire when she says, "while it lasts." So, it was this general sense of them all coming to terms with what has happened before, who they were, who Aslan was, believing in Aslan, believing in their past, and then allowing themselves to let go and let things happen.
Peter's trying to control the whole thing. Susan's rejecting/accepting the thing. Lucy's really the only one that stays relatively unwavering, and in this movie much more than the last, her self-doubt was tested as well.
Why was Lucy's dream sequence with Aslan done as a dream sequence?
There's something you can get away with in the structure of the book where a lot of it is told in retrospect, which is the fact that Aslan is there and he doesn't do anything. But, I had a problem with that cinematically because once you show Aslan, if you don't have him do something, it's going to be like, "Well, why is he letting all this happen?" It became very hard to let your audience see this sort of powerful, omnipotent creature come along, hang out with the kids, and not do anything to stop this carnage.