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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.


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.

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.
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.
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!
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
That's what the guy above said too. I'll have to check it out.
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.


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