Ian Brodie,
Cameras in Narnia:
How The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe Came to Life

(HarperCollins, 2005)

Have you ever sat through the credits in a movie and wondered what the heck a key grip is? Cameras in Narnia answers that question. Not only do we learn that the key grip is the head of the grips department, the people responsible for the movement of the camera (which is not moved by the cameraman), but all about choosing locations, creating sets and costumes, even how the caterers manage to feed the cast and crew.

Author Ian Brodie examines the role of each of the departments involved in making a movie, focusing on all the behind-the-scenes support people and what must happen before the actors even set foot on the sets. The book is a visual treat, with numerous color photographs per page. Though the book is aimed at children, Brodie never talks down to his audience, which also makes it a perfect book for adults who are interested in the basics of movie-making.

Cameras in Narnia is not just a book about the making of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, but about making movies in general. With its profusion of photographs, it might make a good stopgap for those anxiously awaiting the release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

review by
Laurie Thayer

7 June 2008

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