Making the third 'Chronicles of Narnia' film was a trying venture on a number of levels. Not only was director Michael Apted stepping in for Andrew Adamson, the director of the first two films, but Apted also experienced a whirlwind of scheduling changes. On top of that, he faced the challenge of shooting a film that takes place primarily out to sea with a variety of monsters and creatures that would never be seen until post-production.

It's been quite some time since Apted signed on to direct 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' -- the film opens Friday -- and the director is quite anxious to see how his creation performs. Cinematical sat down with Apted, who was more than willing to look back on the experience --the good and the not so good -- and elaborate on everything from playing the waiting game while budget issues were sorted out, casting a character that could go on to star in a fourth film, working with a heavy amount of CGI and much more.