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Faery Queen of Cagealot Castle

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Season Of The Witch is a film filled with the breathtaking scenery and stunning settings of Bulgaria, Vienna and Saltzburg, with the evocative forests, beautiful monasteries and castles of Austria and the spectacular Totes Gebirg mountains all transporting us back to the 14th century, where Behmen undertook his perilous journey.

Kreuzenstein castle, used for the Cardinal of Marburg’s residence, 20 kilometers Northwest of Vienna in a place called Korneuburg, was built in 1115, a beautiful fortress with a drawbridge and iron studded doors.

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The scene from Season of The Witch where Behmen and Felson first approach the castle is awesome!

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http://www.travelpod.co.uk/travel-photo/jcharwell/1/1245789361/1_kreuzenstein-castle.jpg/tpod.html

http://www.castles.nl/eur/at/kzs/kzs.html

http://www.werbeka.com/wien/kreuzene.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Kreuzenstein

Apparently it was also used as a film location for The Three Muskateers in 1993!

Here are some interesting production notes on finding the film locations and the castle:

Going Back Seven Centuries
From the grand castle inhabited by the all-powerful cardinal to the ancient abbey that holds the key to the film’s ultimate mystery, Season of the Witch is rich with painstakingly researched and reproduced images of life in the Middle Ages. It took a team featuring some of the world’s top experts in production design, stunts, swordsmanship, horsemanship and more to provide the film’s vivid settings and action sequences. “It’s gritty and hard, like the age,” says Roven. “But the visuals are incredibly striking and, in some ways, very beautiful.”

To evoke the vast wilderness of 14th-century Europe, the filmmakers travelled to Austria and Hungary to find locations virtually untouched by the intervening centuries. “Hungary was our hub, but we spent time in Vienna and Salzburg as well,” says director Dominic Sena. “The big forests, the monasteries and castles were mostly in Austria. We used a soundstage in Hungary to build the big set pieces, and there were quite a few.”

The real locations that fed the atmosphere of the piece proved daunting for the cast and crew. The spectacular, gray and forbidding route to the abbey was almost as hard to shoot a film on as it would have been for the knights to travel. “For some locations, we had to drive five kilometers off the paved roads to the point where cars can go no further, and then hoof it on foot through the Austrian Alps in the dead of winter,” says Gartner. “I’ve never in my life spent so much time in long underwear and goose down. The actors and the crew were absolutely extraordinary through cold, mud, rain and sudden changes in temperature and weather.”

Production for Season of the Witch began in a remote region of the Totes Gebirge (“Dead Mountains”) in Austria. The Austrian weather cooperated with the production until late November, when a howling wind ripped through the set followed closely by rain, snow and hail. Temperatures dipped below freezing during the two and a half weeks of December night shoots, including one evening when temperatures dropped to minus 18 degrees Celsius.

“We always knew the winter weather would make it grueling,” says Sena. “But this is a dark story, not a ride through a beautiful green forest. The trees had to be dead and everything had to be barren to convey the right mood, so everybody just knuckled down.”

No one in the company was immune to the power of the settings. “On the first day of shooting we were up there in the mountains,” says Sena. “Nic looked out over the landscape and he said to me, ‘Dom, look where we are. It’s a privilege to be here.’ He didn’t go back to his trailer the whole day. He sat on a rock, looking out and saying, ‘This is incredible.’”

In fact, Cage says he found the extreme conditions exhilarating. “I am a weather enthusiast,” he says. “Any time there’s a storm brewing, I get excited. That kind of dramatic atmosphere helps infuse real emotion into the story. It only made me feel more connected to the material. Dom and I had a few laughs about it, because we were both thrilled by it.”

Perlman credits the hardworking crew with keeping him focused and ready to work. “I’ve never enjoyed fighting the elements,” he says. “The wardrobe folks were the real heroes. They were the ones running in with the blankets and the hot chocolate after we’d just gotten soaked and it was thirty-one degrees. Then we got to go back to our nice, warm trailers and everyone on the crew was still out in the weather.”

The filmmakers scouted locations all over Europe to find a historically accurate castle to serve as the Cardinal of Marburg’s residence. “We looked in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany,” says Roven. “We had pictures sent to us from Italy and Spain. I became a student of architecture because we were determined that the setting be authentic.”

Their diligence was rewarded when they discovered Kreuzenstein Castle, ideally situated on a hilltop about 20 kilometers northeast of Vienna. Built on a foundation that dates back at least to the year 1115, Kreuzenstein Castle sits surrounded by towers that allow panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. A fortress built to protect its inhabitants from invaders, it has high, thick walls, a drawbridge and an iron-studded entrance that evokes a long-forgotten way of life.

The castle and its keep were made into a suitable home for a powerful cardinal by Uli Hanisch, the film’s production designer. “My biggest joy is learning something new,” says Hanisch. “We started by simply going through history books. I became almost addicted to stuff from the period. The art always involved religious subjects. You find endless images of devils and demons fighting through the night, which were a big inspiration for us.”

http://www.cinemareview.com/production.asp?prodid=6242#

http://cagealotcastle.activeboard.com/t40118033/a-sublime-movie-preview-for-season-of-the-witch/





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wow, the castle is indeed cool! thanks lula :)



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Beautiful pictures, that last one is quite gothic looking. I am impressed by the lengths they went to get authenticilty in the movie, and it shows too, when you watch it and pay attention to all the details. And yes, Lula, that scene when they first approach is really beautiful!



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I agree with you both eva and Lady Trueheart! flowerface

I know we talked about it before, but being surrounded by that scenerey, and that architecture, must have been soul nurturing and transported the actors to another era. Such rugged and beautiful wilderness in some of the locations...timeless!

Filming is hard work, but lucky Nic creating in beautiful castles, the ghost Rider "fairytale castle" in Romania is spectacular too! castle

http://cagealotcastle.activeboard.com/t39013236/nicolas-cage-to-shoot-ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance-in-fai/



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oh that castle is indeed very cool to!

Today a girl asked me what I would like the most to do in London, and I answered: visiting a very old castle or something like that. She prefered shopping, but I realy would love to visite a castle, I already can imagen how cool that must be :p



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I am with you on that eva, I would prefer to soak up and be lost in the history of a place, than be lost in the rush of consumerism!

Hopefully you will see the sights of London when you visit, although it can be quite touristy, some of the landmarks really are beautiful! The Tower of London is probably the most famous castle in England. and Windsor Castle! not forgetting the palaces..Buckingham Palace (where Nic filmed National Treasure Book Of Secrets) Kengsington Palcea, Hampton Court Palace...flowerface

BTW....we have a general castle topic here: http://cagealotcastle.activeboard.com/t39853681/castles-photography/

How cool would it be if we could all visit these locations of Nic films?! which woudl everyone choose, this Castle in Austria, or Corvin "fairytale" castle in Romania?!? castlefairy



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Well, I get the planning this week, when I have it I will tell you what I'm all going to visit =) and visiting buckingham palace would be awesome :o would love to visit a place where nic filmed a movie! When it is only for the castle, I would pic Romania, but if it also is to see other things from the country I would pic Australia ^^

and thanks for the link :)



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I didn't realize Nic filmed a portion of NT2 at Buckingham Palace. I am going to have to go back and watch the movie to pick this up again.

Also, I agree with you Cagealot family, what stunning castles. I bet the views are simply amazing.

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Yes, i would be a tough call between the two, but  I think I would pick Romania too eva! I think you mean Austria by the way!flowerface

Yes Gina, those hilarious scenes with Ben and Abigail in NT2 are in Buckingham palace! or as they say it in the movie, "BuckingHAM" Palace! so funny because in england there is no accent on the HAM and the H is almost silent! 



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Oh yes I mean austria xp sorry



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