By Maane Khatchatourian
October 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM EDT

It’s almost impossible to watch the trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi without getting chills, especially considering the challenges that Lee faced while filming.

The Oscar-winning director discusses the difficulties of adapting Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, which Martel describes as a “completely unfilmable story,” in a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Twentieth Century Fox Film today. The author and director explain how they brought the story to life, despite filming with water, kids, animals, and 3-D — or, as Lee told EW’s Anthony Breznican earlier this year, “everything you should avoid in the movie business.”

The film hits theaters nationwide November 21.

Watch the video below:

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‘Life of Pi’ movie preview

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