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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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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.
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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.
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
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Great photos! Makes me want to visit!
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Love the photos. :)
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
That actually looks genuinely like Jerusalem, minus a couple thousand years of weathering. Well done!
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I can imagine daenerys there.
Nov. 30th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Neato! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait!
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...
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 :)
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 :)
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
"'m obviously going to have to put a city under siege sometime soon..."

YES!!! YES you do!
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
It would probably work wonderful for anything you have to film in Dorne.
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.
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.:)
Nov. 30th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
That's really cool!!!!
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