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The success of any great adventure film begins and ends with its setting. Never mind if the hero is curious and courageous. Those are usually starting points for any adventurer. No, the audience must follow protagonists through the expansive Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings; a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars; or the Great Barrier Reef in Finding Nemo. To capture the audience's imagination, an adventure film director must launch us into a world that can be fantastical or real but must always be fascinating.