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Paolini Talks Eragon Impressions

Published August 24, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
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I figured the only update we'd have for Eragon today would be the announcement of the teaser trailer; so far nothing on that plain. Fortunately for us, we have been alerted to an update direct from the mouth of author Christopher Paolini and his impressions on both the Eragon teaser trailer and some other clips from the film.

Eragon Impressions


Christopher Paolini has recently released the newest installment of his Alagaesia Newsletter and in it he discusses -- among many things -- his impressions on the movie after watching some clips and the teaser trailer.

I also got to watch clips of the film itself. It was both strange and exciting to see images based on something I wrote! The teaser trailer Fox showed me contained only brief glimpses of the world and characters, although a dragon is always memorable, no matter how fleeting her appearance. The other sequences I saw were in various stages of completion—with rough CGI and temporary music—but even so, I got a pretty good idea of how the scenes will play in the final version of the movie. Based on the footage I saw, Jeremy Irons makes an excellent Brom. He and Ed Speleers (Eragon) seem to interact very well, with the sort of old-wolf, young-wolf dynamic the story requires.


I learned that the reason Fox made certain changes to the book was to produce a movie that looks and feels as real as possible. For example, in the novel, I describe Saphira as having sapphire-blue scales. When they applied this color to her on-screen form, however, she looked cartoonish. So after much testing, they settled on a leathery-blue skin tone, which makes her appear more like a living creature. And I saw how, bit-by-bit, computer animators are bringing Saphira to life. Fox is pushing the boundaries of current technology. The time needed to create her is so great that work is now divided between ILM, in California, and WETA, in New Zealand.

As with every book-to-movie adaptation, the filmmakers have their own vision of the story. I learned that hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been and are working on Eragon. I look forward to seeing more, to get a better idea of how the plot flows and the characters interact. The way I think about it is that Eragon provided the inspiration for the movie, but that they are separate works with their own unique attributes. I find it fascinating to see how other people interpret the land of Alagaësia.


I had recently pointed out that Saphira did look a lot less blue than described in the book and, like the impressions made by Fox, figured she'd look more fake or too CG being a bright, shiny blue.

Above is only a part of the Newsletter. Check out the whole thing over at Shurtugal.

Maybe a teaser trailer today or tomorrow? At least we only have twenty-four hours to find out.

Eragon comes to theatres on December 15th.

For the teaser posters, production images, featurette, more movie info and a full synopsis, go to the Eragon Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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