Film Adventurer Karel Zeman


A documentary about Karel Zeman, a magician of the big screen. Without digital effects he brought audiences around the world back to prehistory, forward to the Moon and deep under the Sea.



Film Adventurer Karel Zeman is a biographical film that looks back at the life, work and significance of the genius of world cinema. It looks into the kitchen of the film tricks pioneer. We interview today’s filmmakers from Japan to America to find out why his films are still alive and in many ways unsurpassed. Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Koji Yamamura, Kosei Ono and others talk about their inspiration by Karel Zeman. His film The Fabulous World of Jules Verne was released in 70 countries, showing in 96 theaters in New York alone. Zeman was in his field of absolute solitaire, he created his own handmade world based purely from his imagination. There is one more story in the film – nowadays students of animation at Zlin university remake three of Zeman´s best scenes using old ways of making the special effects, how do they succeed?


Film Crew

Director: Tomáš Hodan
Story And Screenplay: Ludmila Zeman, Tomáš Hodan, Ondřej Beránek
Producer: Ondřej Beránek (Punk Film)
Co-Producer: Kamila Zlatušková (Czech Television) Ludmila Zeman, Linda Zeman-Spaleny (Prokouk Productions)
Cinematography: David Cysař
Editing: Blanka Kulová
Dramaturg: Martin Polák
Sound: Robert Slezák
Script Editor: Martin Polák
Sfx Supervisor: Boris Masník
Cast: Ludmila Zeman, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Boris Masník, Kamil Fila, Karel Hutěčka, Zdeněk Ostrčil, Paul Wells, Tony Dalton, Kōji Yamamura, Kōsei Ono, Josef Lukáš, Zdeněk Husták, Petr Herrmann, Valentina Thielová, Michal Pospíšil, Magda Vášáryová, Emil Horváth, Karel Smyczek, Rock Demmers, Zdeněk Krupa And Karel Zeman, Students Of Tomas Bata University In Zlín

Film format: HD, 16:9 / DCP 1,85:1
Running time: 24 fps: 102 min, 25 fps: 98 min


  • CZECH – Czech commentary +Czech subtitles for interviews with foreigners
  • ENGLISH – English commentary + English subtitles for interviews with Czechs and Japanese

Cinema distribution: Digital Cinema Package – HD 1080PsF/24, sound: 5.1, 2.0
Television format: HDCAM 1080 PsF/25, zvuk: 5.0, 2.0