"Filming was to begin June 16th but
began late and started June 19 and wrap was November 7 (?). I remember
going to the wrap party after our Remembrance day weekend."
1 - Tent scenes - Norwood Farm
"This was a little over one week, from June 19th and finished June
28. I didn't show up for the full week of the tent scenes, as there was
another S.P.C.A. rep working with me as well (my boss)."
2 - Scenes at King Hrothgar's - main Elk
"They moved from the farm (which is in Campbell River as well) I
believe June 30 or July 1st, and then we went into MAJOR over time. I
say this because filming was to end at Campbell River at the end of August
(I think you can begin to see the dollars add up). There was one weekend
that all equipment was moved to Elk Falls (in Campbell River) for 2 days
of shooting that was on September 19 and 20 (these are the scenes you
see of the falls, and the major Wendol village) with their horses tied
and all the skulls upon stakes in the ground. Production at the Viking
Village in Elk Bay ended for the main unit September 18, it moved to Elk
Falls and then onto Williams Lake, and we were given 2 days to get to
Williams Lake. 2nd unit stayed at the Viking Village to do catch up shots,
while main unit was at Elk Falls."
3 - Dead bodies found in a farmstead - set
built in a unique location over a stream bed
"These were the last shots done at the Elk Bay location. Elk Bay
itself is an area used by the forestry industry to sort its logs, before
they are tied in boons and then tug boat out to the saw mills. In the
film, to everyone, this area was called "Log Sort", the area
where the boats were moored, the horses stabled, then large equipment
kept and also the Styrofoam forms created for the viking boat, and including
the Wendol cave. If you traveled further up the mountain by vehicle for
about 10 minutes, then you reached the main circus and the set another
5 minutes on foot. Below log sort, was another logging road alone the
water, it is where the horse shots in the water are done and the boats
moored, another 10 minutes fide up the road was the farmstead scene built
inside the bush, just off the road. It was built over a stream. Main unit
only shot there for one day, September 18, but 2nd unit stayed there to
fill in the other in-between shots. It was very hard for me because I
had to choose which unit it was most important for me to be at, so 2nd
had also already been there before main unit too and also since my primary
reason for being there is to watch the most important animal shots."
4 - Wendol caves entrance scenes - Elk Falls
"September 19 and 20. BTW the actual cave shots, with all the skulls
was done at Elk Bay, inside a Styrofoam cave, it was about the size of
a 2000 square foot house with 2 levels to it and VERY real looking, it
even stunk in there LOL."
5 - Tent scenes - Williams Lake
"Actual filming began September 23 (not including travel time) and
we ended there October 3."
6 - Caravan and warrior's camp sequences
- along the banks of the Fraser River
"The opening shots of the movie are all done at this location. The
caravan shots with all the camels, when everyone panics from the Tar Tar's
where filmed above the Fraser River and the camp scenes and boat shots
on the Fraser. The Fraser River part is all done inside a canyon and EVERYTHING
had to be helicoptered in. A special trail from above the canyon was made
by the local Alkali Indian Band, was etched down to the Fraser, so the
horses and camels could safely travel down. All their food and water was
choptered down as well, to avoid tiring them from climbing the trail everyday.
I walked this trail one day only and down not up. It took the Band about
4 months to build and some areas had to be protected because it was encroaching
onto sacred Native grounds."
7 - Storm sequence
"This was done inside a very large ship building, "A" frame
building, and it wasn't in Vancouver but in Delta, not far from the Baltic
Sea shots. Again I am not sure on the dates of this because I was only
there for 2 days (one dog scene and one horses scene). If they don't have
animals in the shots, then I am not there. But these shots were done between
October 13 to Oct. 25 (?). But not 100% sure."
8 - Sea scenes - in the Baltic Seaport
"I was only at this set for a day because I was doing some other
films in the Vancouver area. But the Baltic shots where done in another
area of the mighty Fraser river in a place called Delta. I believe they
were there October 27 to November 1 (?). But not sure on that."
9 - Interiors of Baghdad - ?
"Sorry, I don't know this either but it was at the end of October."