I’ve always been a fan of films that show a practical sense of filmmaking. What I mean by that is when everything you see on the screen was made for real for the set and/or location and not just encased in a world of green (it’s why I’m such a Nolan groupie). Ridley Scott has never been a director who will cut out the spectacular, he will have these massive sets made to help give the film scope and he seems to have continued this on his upcoming epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.
In this recently released featurette, it showcases the incredible sets that were built at Pinewood Studios outside of London, how the Spanish desert stood in for the Egyptian landscape and how the Canary Islands was used for the parting of the Red Sea. The featurette may not be long; but you get the grand spectacle that Ridley is going for in Exodus. All the sets have been built, the Spanish landscape helps to add depth and scope to the film and there are hundreds of extras being used, no CGI extras being made here, that we know of. Ridley is displaying his old school film techniques proudly, before there was green screen and everything was done on locations and practically made so that the actors would have something they can actually interact with. I’m still not sold on Exodus: Gods and Kings, but I will say it looks great, I love the practical sense of filmmaking and I think everyone, including Ridley Scott, hopes it can delete the disappointing memory of Prometheus.