Deep Inside the 'Labyrinth'

Deep Inside the 'Labyrinth'

The film itself isn't the only thing remarkable about Pan's Labyrinth: The tie-in Web site is equally compelling. Accompanied by a prerecorded spiel/explanation from the filmmaker, the site allows online access to del Toro's actual sketchbook of designs, ideas, and cryptic doodlings – kept since the early Nineties – that eventually resulted in Pan's Labyrinth (see above). "I am a self-taught draftsman," notes a self-effacing del Toro before adding "and I don't think I'm very good – actually, I think I suck." There's also the expected production notes, MySpace links, soundtrack samples and downloads, but the site also includes footage from del Toro's Comic Con International – San Diego reel and panel, and a complete story breakdown and copious notes on all aspects of the production, from preproduction to final cut. Go here: www.panslabyrinth.com.

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