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Dragonslayer


1981       Caitlin Clarke


The magical adventures of Dragonslayer come to the motion picture screen, opened in 1981. The Barwood / Robbins production, starring Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke and Sir Ralph Richardson, is a Paramount Pictures Corporation and Walt Disney Productions presentation.

Set in Sixth Century Britain and written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins, who produced and directed the picture, respectively, Dragonslayer tells the extraordinary tale of apprentice sorcerer Galen Bradwardyn-"fool, warrior and wizard"-in his quest to free the Kingdom of Urland from the thrall of a mighty dragon.

The action adventure movie was filmed in England's Pinewood Studios and on locations in the Isle of Skye, in the mountains of North Wales, and on a four-acre Sixth Century village set constructed in the Buckinghamshire countryside, ten miles from the studio. Howard W. Koch is executive producer and Eric Rattray the associate producer on the picture which was photographed by Derek Vanlint.

Oscar winner (for "Alien") Brian Johnson was in charge of the multiplicity of special effects and Anthony Mendleson was costume designer.

The score was written by Alex North, the film veteran with no fewer than 14 Academy Award nominations to his credit, and the production designer was Elliot Scott.

"We have always been fascinated by science fiction, fantasy and horror," explain creators Barwood and Robbins about Dragonslayer "It's a wonderful story: high adventure, feats of magic, a terrifying dragon, mystery, thrills."

All of which brings us to Vermithrax Perjorative. . . the most temperamental star on the lot. A 40-foot dragon with a 90-foot wingspan, it was designed by David

Bunnett and Phil Tippett of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, Inc., in conjunction with director Robbins and built by the special effects department at Disney's Burbank Studios under the supervision of Danny Lee.

Created in sections, the dragon was installed in a fantastic lair, the exterior of which took up the whole of the mammoth 007 Stage at Pinewood with additional stages contributing much of its vaulted and misty interior as well as housing the spectacular Lake of Fire which the apprentice sorcerer must cross to confront it in its own domain. Vermithrax also produced three dragonlets who were designed by David Bunnett and Ken Ralston.

Special effects wizard Brian Johnson, who brought with him his team from "Alien," had to magically create the complicated business of: making the dragon fly, caress its young, consume Brother Jacopus in a 30-foot burst of flame from its mighty jaws, grab a young Urland virgin with its huge claws, cause a minor earthquake as it struggles to dislodge the lance Galen manages to thrust into its neck.

Other minor miracles that were called upon to perform were the earthquake that brings the walls of the King's castle tumbling down and causes Valerian's village to erupt in explosion and fire.

With the live action sequences completed in Britain, Barwood, Robbins and Brian Johnson returned to California to shoot the elaborate miniature and optical effects at I.L.M. with the aid of Phil Tippett and Denis Muren and a camera computerized to capture the performance of the monstrous Vermithrax. When the picture was looped and cut, Barwood and Robbins returned to England to score the movie.




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Cast of Dragonslayer

Galen .......................... PETER MacNICOL
Valerian .......................... CAITLIN CLARKE
Ulrich .......................... RALPH RICHARDSON
Tyrian .......................... JOHN HALLAM
Casiodorus Rex .......................... PETER EYRE
Greil .......................... ALBERT SALMI
Hodge .......................... SYDNEY BROMLEY
Princess Elspeth .......................... CHLOE SALAMAN
Valerian's Father .......................... EMRYS JAMES
Horsrik .......................... ROGER KEMP
Brother Jacopus .......................... IAN McDIARMID
Henchman .......................... KEN SHORTER
Henchman .......................... JASON WHITE
Victim .......................... YOLANDE PALFREY

Urlanders
DOUGLAS COOPER, ALF MANGAN, DAVID MOUNT, JAMES PAYNE, CHRIS TWINN
Stunts
TERRY WALSH, TONY SMART



Credits for Dragonslayer

Directed by MATTHEW ROBBINS
Produced by HAL BARWOOD
Written by HAL BARW000 & MATTHEW ROBB INS
Executive Producer, HOWARD W. KOCH
Director of Photography, DEREK VANLINT
Production Designer, ELLIOT SCOTT
Film Editor, TONY LAWSON
Music by ALEX NORTH
Associate Producer, ERIC RATTRAY
Casting, DEBORAH McWILLIAMS & DEBORAH BROWN
Assistant Director, BARRY LANGLEY
Continuity, PAMELA DAVIES
Second Assistant Director, ROY STEVENS
Third Assistant Director, JERRY DALY
Unit Production Manager, DONALD TOMS
Production Secretary, NORMA GARMENT
Location Manager, RITA DAVISON
Production Accountant, JOHN SARGENT
Production Staff, MONICA ROGERS, JENNIE JOHNSON, PAUL TUCKER, DEBORAH VE~TUE, TERRY NEEDHAM, ROBERTA JOHNSON, SUSAN AXWORTHY, SUSAN KANE, SALLY FORINO, DAVINA WATSON, SUSIE HARROD
First Unit: Camera Operator, EDDIE COLLINS
'Second Camera Operator, JOHN GOLDING
Camera Assistants, BRIAN HARRIS, JOHN KEEN, TONY BROWN, NICK SCHLESINGER, ROBIN CARLYLE
Grips, GEORGE BEAVIS, ALBERT COWLARD
Standby Crew, TREVOR NICOL, TERRY NEWVELL, FRED MEAKIN, MICHAEL SPIVEY, TONY JORDON, PHILIP CONNOLLY
Chief Electrician, BERT BOSHER
Chargehand Electrician, RON HUTTON
Second Unit Director, PETER MacDONALD
Second Unit: Assistant Director, JOHN DOWNES
Second Assistant Directors, CHARLES MARRIOTT, ANDREW WOOD
Continuity, DORIS MARTIN, GEORGINA HAMILTON
Camera Operator, JOHN CAMPBELL
Camena Assistants, BEAUMONT ALEXANDER, MARK CRIDLIN
Grip, FRANK BATT
Standby Carpenter, GRAHAM BRITTON
Dragon Design, Graphics and Titles, DAVID BUNNETT
Art Director, ALAN CASSIE
Property Master, BARRY WILKINSON
Set Decorator, IAN WHITTAKER
Assistant Art Director, ERNEST ARCHER
Chief Draughtsman, TED AMBROSE
Draughtsmen, PETER CHILDS, FRANK WALSH
Scenic Artist, ERNIE SMITH
Chief Sculptor, DEREK HOWARTH
Sulptors, ARTHUR HEALEY, BRIAN MUIR
Property Stand-By Crew, WALLY HILL, TOMMY DAVIES, ROBERT SHER







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