The Siege of Rochester Castle

Baesd on a legendary story,Ironclad is set in 13th century England and tells the story of a formidable Knight Templar named Marshall. joined by his magnificent seven they defend historic Rochester Castle against the tyrant King John, and his mercenary army.

Written by Jonathan English, produced by Andrew Curtis and Rick Benattar and featuring an acclaimed cast including oscar nominated Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Flemming and Kate Mara this new film looks set to be a blockbuster hit when it is released sometime this year (2010).

Ironclad was filmed at various locations around Wales but mainly at the Dragon Studios in LLanilyd near Pencoed where a fulll size Castle was built. I worked on the construction of the Castle and the many sets that were made for the film.

Below I will post updates weekly some photos and some videos i took during construction.

Monday, 19 April 2010

It took three carpenters two weeks to make and age down all the beams,columns,rafters,windows and doors for the barn and another two weeks to construct it out on site.The weather was pretty poor for the first week as you can see in some of the pics ,it was so wet some days that we had to use our battery powered tools rather than electric tools.
The scenic artists carved the curved rafters from polystyrene blocks and fitted them into the roof then we put cladding up to them to enclose the ends.
The roof was then thatched by a team of thatchers from Gloucester.
All the beams, columns and rafters had to be split apart again to be wrapped around the scaffold tubes to hide it which proved a bit tricky.
The last couple of pics show the barn dressed by the props department which all horesy stuff saddles, bridals whips etc

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