Tomasz Bagiński Discusses Polish Cinema, Filming ‘The Witcher’

In an interview with Radosław Czyż for Gazeta Wyborcza, creative director Tomasz Bagiński discusses filming a large production like “The Witcher” in Poland, and the challenges of adapting the story for global audiences.

Bagiński tells how convincing Andrzej Sapkowski, writer of the beloved book series, was a long process. However, the beginning of discussions started by simply mailing a letter to the author.

 In relation to filming a large production in Poland, Baginski says:

“The film industry in Poland is quite provincial. And although we have a lot of talented people who put a huge amount of work into Polish cinema, it still has an amateurishness.”

He is optimistic about the growth of the Polish filming industry- as such large productions offer more opportunities that were not available in the past.

When asked about casting choices, he showed support for Henry Cavill and the rest of the cast. While aware of criticism online, especially for larger roles, he remains unwavering in the choices of the team:

"…all casting choices are well thought out" and persuaded to wait with grades for the end result.”

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Bagiński’s assessment of the Polish film industry and casting choices? Let us know in the comments below or in our forum!

Note: This article has been edited to credit the original source of the interview.

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