Director Iain Softley Exclusive Video Interview – INKHEART

     January 21, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Opening this weekend is Director Iain Softley’s “Inkheart”. The film is based on the best-selling book by Cornelia Funke and it’s a fantasy adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined. Here’s the synopsis:

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.

On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn’t heard for years, and when he locates the book they’re coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It’s Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures–a book he’s been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.

But Mo’s plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father’s gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life–the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family–some from the real world, some from the pages of books–and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

To help promote the film, I recently interviewed director Iain Softley and we talked about making the movie and a lot more. And for fans of DVD bonus features, we talked about what you can be looking forward to. Take a look.

Iain Softley

  • When did first realize he wanted to make the movie

  • We talk about the use of real locations. Did he have to fight to film on location

  • He used a lot of practical effects. Did he ever debate using more CGI?

  • What deleted scenes will end up on the DVD/Blu-ray

  • We talk about the casting process and how he got Brendan and Helen and every else in the movie

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