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.