jerusalem . . . in america?

Once upon a time–a few months ago–I mentioned that Dan was doing the stone work on a life-size movie set of Jerusalem for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The church has plans to do about 50 movies here.

They were asked not to share photos until it had been in the papers and on tv. That happened about four weeks ago.

He’s been working on this since April and has taken photos with his little cheap phone and I finally got them off his phone and onto my Mac. Bluetooth. Don’t you love technology? And Photoshop. Gotta love that too! :)

 Here’s what they’ve been doing. And remember, this is a life-size, 8-acre set. It’s huge. There are no facades with wood holding them up. They are all real buildings. The only difference is, what you think is stone is actually foam with a stone compound over it. It’s really a cool process.

This is what it looks like after the foam carvers have done their thing. This is all foam, including the column.

Next, the stone compound is sprayed over the foam and Dan and the crew go through and shape and form it look like an authentic stone building with all the roughness of stone and rock.

(The column here below is that same type of column above.)

This is just another shot of another piece of the place.

Check out the detail in that carving!

After that’s all been done, the artists go through and stain it to make it look like this:

This really is an incredible project. The man in charge of it has great vision to do this. And Dan talks about how the artists and those in charge can just see the project before it’s unfolded. That’s an artist for ya.


HERE is an article about it.
And if you look at the photos of the crosses, down on the leftt is a link for ten more photos.
Dan is in a couple of them, but not mentioned by name.

Anyway, it’s just been a really cool project for him to work on. He’s loved it, but it’s also been very taxing on him–particularly as he’s been working 60-hour weeks in this hot summer sun this last month–pushing to get done. Even though they’ve started filming now, they are trying to get the other areas done.

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  1. Dolly/scrapthat September 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Totally Awesome transformation!! What fun that must have been!

  2. Margaret September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Wow! I am so impressed. That is fantastic. Can’t believe that is all just foam.

  3. Phyllis September 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    this looks amazingly real. I LIVE in israel and i’m telling ya…. amazing work. so cool… who would have thought?

    • Kerri September 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

      That is so cool that you live in Israel! You, of course, would know first hand just how it would compare! That’s awesome!

      They really have tried to make is authentic as possible…every little detail.

      Thanks for posting that! :)

  4. Susy September 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Incredible, and how awesome to part of the creative team.

  5. Dayami Lauzurique September 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Kerri, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I would LOVE to visit Israel, its on my bucket list :)
    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Dayami Lauzurique September 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Ps I know someone that does amazing things with foam too but this is totally spectacular!

  7. Viv September 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow! That is so cool. I didn’t know Dan was working on this!

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