The 2005 film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is one of the epic fantasy series which turned out to be highly successful at the box office. The lighting used in every scene was able to capture the emotion and beauty of the setting in New Zealand and South Island. The viewers were able to appreciate the scenes even more with the use of key light, fill light, soft light and backlight. In the scene wherein Lucy meets the White Witch, or the Queen of Narnia used a key light to give the characters full exposure of the subject’s face and facial expression. The cinematographer used multiple sources to light the faces of the actors and actresses. The use of multiple sources of light will have the effect of deceasing the intensity, and wrap around the face in a natural way to leave one side of the face in a soft shadow. In this manner, the director will be able to capture the emotion of each character.
The special effects and visual effects that used in the film created a spectacle in every scene. One example would be the twelve reindeers that were brought to New Zealand that pulled the sled of the White Witch. Some of the creature designs were made through digital creation to give the scenes more realistic. The scenes that were taken in South Island gave more life to Aslan’s camp using the Elephant Rocks as the location. The scene of Aslan who resurrected after being killed by the White Witch created the kind of fantasy that the audience love to see.
The songs used were well-chosen and suitable for the scenes by underscoring the critical moments in the film. The use of ancient folk music and electronic music added more drama to the scenes.