First Five Minutes of Compass Online

Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials book series can go online and get their first look at New Line Cinema’s big-screen adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first installment of a planned series based on the fantasy saga. Yahoo has posted the first five minutes of the movie at http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/thegoldencompass.html?showVideo=1.

Directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Antz), The Golden Compass revolves around a young girl who travels to the far north to save her best friend and encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches and other strange and enchanting characters in parallel universes. The cast including Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Kathy Bates, Christopher Lee, Eva Green and newcomer Dakota Blue Richards.

The five-minute preview offers a tasting of the film’s extensive visual effects work, which was overseen by Academy Award-nominated vfx supervisor Mike Fink (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Road to Perdition). Studios that contributed to the CG animation and other effects include Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain, Framestore CFC, Hatch, Cinesite, Rainmaker, Tippett Studio, Peerless Camera Company, RodeoFX Digital Backlot and Matte World Digital. The film opens nationwide this Friday (Dec. 7).