Earlier this month I had a chance to visit the set of Inkheart in London, where a bunch of us were treated to a whirlwind of a tour that included meeting with pic's production designer, John Beard, for a walk through the film via stills and conceptual designs. Today, a lot of those same stills (minus a few fun ones that will most likely show up prior to Inkheart's release) were released online, and IGN has a gallery from which to choose from. Also on hand to chat with us were the film's stars -- Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis and Eliza Bennett -- who, while tired and wiped from non-stop filming, managed to share a little bit of the Inkheart experience.

Based on the popular book (which is the first of three), Inkheart tells the story of a father (Fraser) and daughter (Bennett) who have the ability to read characters to life. However, when the wrong characters make their way into our very real world -- hell-bent on staying put -- it's up to our father and daughter to rescue their loved ones and save the day. While, essentially, a fantasy flick, I was very impressed with the large elaborate sets that were actually built for the film; in fact, most of our tour took place on the very set where Inkheart's climactic scene was set to take place later that week. Very cool stuff, I must say. Inkheart is due out sometime next year, and I shall provide you with a full set report real soon ... so stay tuned.