In 1998, director Howard McCain met screenwriter Dirk Blackman, who re-designed a story originally written by McCain in 1992.According to McCain, expressed interest in directing Outlander. For a time, the film was to be financed independently, with effects designed by and to be filmed on the of , but this plan fell aside. By 2004, production company Ascendant Pictures and producer had stepped in with financing.In May 2005, announced the addition of the project to its distribution slate, with McCain as director. At that time was in talks to star in the film, but emerged as the lead when production was finally announced in September 2006. By this point, the production had settled on and , , with a 10-week shooting schedule beginning in October 2006. Some scenes were filmed in the , as it possessed an that served as a for the film. Photography was completed on 5 January 2007.The conceptual design was shaped by , whose Ninth Ray Studios helped set up , , animatronics, and set design. Costume designer Debra Hanson hand crafted costumes for the main characters, using designs from Ninth Ray, while she provided leftover costumes from her previous collaboration, , to dress the extras.Kainan's opponent, the creature called the Moorwen, was designed by creature designer for free for the film. "Moorwen" was a play on the word from ' . The director and the creature designer created the Moorwen to be like an animal, only perceived as a monster by those who were threatened. McCain praised Tatopoulos: "He brought the right amount of fierceness, sensuality, the sense of personality and a sentient kind of intelligence to [the Moorwen] that was perfect." The creature was designed to possess , using light to draw its prey.For the film, McCain constructed a replica Viking village and ship. The ship was modeled after the and deployed at for filming as a funeral pyre. The Viking village was built on a farm near Nine Mile River, Nova Scotia. The crew logged their own trees, and hired a logging crew and truck to construct a 800 feet long and 20 feet tall. The Viking village took three months to build., Fingersmith-- I hope I'm not lying when I say fans of Sarah Waters's novel won't be disappointed-- and if you are, the popcorn's on me. This movie holds true to the book's structu, Thu 16 Oct 2008 19.05 EDT First published on Thu 16 Oct Eagle Eye is a movie in this vein, with a strong conspiracy-paranoia angle, but its sheer silliness and dumbness are a drag. Shia .