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I know that you all want to see pictures from the pilot shoot for A GAME OF THRONES, but alas, I can't show you the sets, the actors in costume, or any of that good stuff.

Which is not to say that I can't show you a few other things from my recent trip.

Jerusalem in Morocco, f'rinstance.

Here are some shots of the huge city walls and siege machinery that Ridley Scott built for KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, outside the city of Ouarzazate in Morocco. We did shoot some scenes here... but inside, in a court redressed for our purposes.





That's my assistant Ty perched on the battering ram, which was full sized, made of real wood, and appeared to be fully functional. Ditto the siege towers and trebuchets Ridley left.

The interior courtyards were equally impressive (alas, I can't show you the one we redressed and actually used).





I worked in Hollywood for a decade back in my checkered past, and these are the most impressive sets I've ever seen. Hell, Scott's fake castle beats about eighty per cent of the real castles I've seen, and I've visited a LOT of castles.

I'm obviously going to have to put a city under siege sometime soon, so we can go back to Morocco and play with all these cool toys one of these days.

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infinite_hiatus
Nov. 29th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Did you like Kingdom of Heaven? I had mixed feelings about it. I love period pieces when they're done well, and this one was. But Orlando Bloom had no emotional resonance with me, so I found myself not really caring what was happening. It had the potential to be a lot better than it was.

kizeesh
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Did you watch the Director's Cut? It's a far far better movie and makes a whole lot more sense.

I loved it, I relly wish Scott had gone with Monahan's plan and made a direct sequel about Balian becoming Robin hood rather than just making a Robin hood movie, and re-using some costume designs.
infinite_hiatus
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
That sounds cool. I hadn't heard about any possible connection between the two movies. I think I would have liked that.
feebsicle
Nov. 30th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I hated it, until I watched the extended director's cut.

The director's cut is like an entirely different movie, and it is so much better. I actually bought it because I liked it so much. I highly recommend it!
infinite_hiatus
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
That's what the guy above said too. I'll have to check it out.
isis_newton
Nov. 30th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to get round to seeing the DC for ages and ages. They have been putting it on TV recently but it wouldn't go off until 1am on a weeknight. Annoying! It's on my list though - people have told me that lots of things make more sense in the DC.
simontanzman
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
i've never seen it, but have a friend who loves it, and he says that the director's cut is so much better as to make the theatrical version useless.
escarboucle
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Those are awesome sets - but now, it makes me more eager to see the result!

Seems that you had fun, which is good XD
parsleigh
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Great photos! Makes me want to visit!
xraytheenforcer
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Love the photos. :)
reebchan
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
That actually looks genuinely like Jerusalem, minus a couple thousand years of weathering. Well done!
mardito
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I can imagine daenerys there.
moodfortrouble
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Neato! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait!
elinye
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Wow, Ridley Scott just left them there huh? I didn't think you could just leave something like that behind, that he'd at least have had to tear them down or something...but that's cool! I'm sitting here trying to decide what scenes you could do there...Dorne? Maybe some King's Landing? Oh the possibilities...
amsra
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
And that's just one of the sets that's just sitting there..... Ouarzazate is a pretty cool place :) As for taking em down, why? They pretty much have unlimited desert so once it's built they just move on to a new patch :)
palemoonrises
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
That set looks very elaborate. I loved Kingdom of Heaven. It was a very underrated movie, I thought. I wish I knew what court you were using it for... I'm going over all the courts in A Game of Thrones trying to guess :)
sapphyres
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
"'m obviously going to have to put a city under siege sometime soon..."

YES!!! YES you do!
carrot_khan
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
It would probably work wonderful for anything you have to film in Dorne.
strayth
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Awesome stuff. Those still look as good as they did in the movie too, and that was what ~5 years ago? Still probably an easier trip than Real-Jerusalem, heh.
jon_snow_stark
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Amazing Pics!
I love the pics man. Just curious as to whether or not you have pics of some of the castles that you have seen, and would love to see them if you could find the time to post some. I am a castle fanatic *laughing* though I will probably never get to see one in real life.:)
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
That's really cool!!!!
rappy7
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Desert
You were wearing black in the desert. American tourist alert!! That kind of devotion to black might even make Neil Gaiman blush. You must've been a casserole in a past life (love baking in an oven)
kibet
Nov. 30th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: Desert
And Ty is in jeans. That must be killing him in that heat!
nycfalcon
Nov. 30th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Desert
You see, the black heats up causing the sweat to evaporate faster making the skin cooler. That's why some tuareg wear black in addition to blue.


****BS Alert****
behnnie
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Hm... Ty's awfully high up on that battering ram... I think he might need his own assistant to help him climb down. Clearly: He needs my help on your next trip!! Feel free to drop me a line next time. I'll keep a bag packed and waiting by the front door. ;)
blackrock
Nov. 30th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Those photos are awesome and make me want to move Morocco up my 'to visit' list. Can regular tourists go out to the sets?

Kat
toddgray
Nov. 30th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I liked Kingdom of Heaven all right. Also, those pictures are awesome.
moose_punter
Nov. 30th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Ty has impressive hair.

That's about all I have to say today.
paganpaul
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing these photos. Yes, now I am even more eager to see the result of all the hard work everyone did! Meanwhile I am still enjoying the book. :-)
red_ajah
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Oh that's so cool - it's neat how he left the sets! (I wish they did that for the LOTR sets down in New Zealand)
Kingdom of Heaven was the movie that made me realized how much I loved swordsmen if it got me to drool over Orlando Bloom, lol!

Super exciting *bouncing*
anyway_kzin
Nov. 30th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
About the portrayal of Jerusalem in the movie - doesn't it bother anyone that the actual Jerusalem is surrounded by mountains and not standing of a flat plain ? I mean if you want to make a historical piece , get your facts right !!

If you make a fictional movie - then by all means make the land flat cause it helps make a cavalry charge looks good.
tikehau
Nov. 30th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Wow! A Trebuchet!!!
I remember that trebuchet from "Kingdom of Heaven"... Let's bring it to Riverrun, Jaime needs to show it to Edmure! ;)
spencimusprime
Nov. 30th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
That is SO FREAKING COOL. I would love to visit the sets of KoH.
aingeal1
Nov. 30th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, this all must be so exciting for you! :)
bojojoti
Nov. 30th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Very impressive.
dirtwitch
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
grats and crossbows!
NICE Sets! And, it just occurred to me, (seeing those sets, and the thought of defense off of them..) if at any point you may need crossbows (which, if the shooting is all done, is moot) but if you DID, well, we make medieval bows....my Master and I..I would be so honored to make one or two for you... our bows are in museums and tv, which is all fine (hey, they pay us!) but, to make one for YOU... that would be a great honor.

My master:
http://www.crossbows.net/
and my bows...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swifthoundbows/4013551256/in/set-72157622262033595/
It's a little awkward saying this here, however... the thought of being able to contribute to YOUR art with MY art... that would be wonderful.

Grats on all this happening! I've gone back to the beginning, and been listening to the books while I work on bows in the shop.
loco73
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Best Of The Decade
I think that alongside Jackson's LOTR trilogy, Cuaron's "Children Of Men" and Scott's own "Gladiator", "Kingdom Of Heaven" is one of the best movies of the decade. The version to see is definitely the Director's Cut, since it truly presents the complete vision Ridley Scott had of the movie instead of the terribly butchered and "action" oriented version the studio bigwigs (read imbeciles) at 20thCentury Fox wanted. Their rotten stupidity really shone through when they made the decision to release this masterpiece a mere week before "Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith".

But hey that is Hollywood for you, of great feats, but also a lot of major bulls*it!
g13media
Dec. 4th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
nice castle like buildings in jerusalem
ayahar
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
sound greate!
I wish i could see that...
hey, why dont you come next time to the real jerusalem?
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