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Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Due to engineering and space considerations related to the sets, the film will not be shot chronologically. The first scenes to be shot will take place in Conrad’s underwater cave off the coast of Normandy, where he brings all of his ill-gotten gains. The props are well underway, so it is time to start building!

The supports for the walls are made of armature wire and chicken wire. 

 The only window in the room must be positioned just right so Conrad can relax while observing the fish and other sea creatures swimming by….
Now that the structure is ready, the walls are coated with plaster bandages, the shape of the stone walls is sculpted out of chunks of Styrofoam, and details are molded out of bits of sponge and fabric. The set is ready to be painted!

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