Against All Flags 1952

The technicolour is turned up to eleven particularly in the matte painted shots which also suffer from some very apparent bounce in the ocean plate.

It’s also interesting to note that traveling mattes have replaced what used to have been more commonly rear screen projection composites in the shots of the pirates looking at the miniature ship action. Unfortunately there are very obvious matte lines around the actors.

Errol Flynn broke his ankle 5 days short of completing the shoot. The ship set from this film (and possibly the miniatures) were used to shoot another film “Yankee Buccaneer” during a period of 5 months before resuming shooting on Against All Flags.

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Fitzcarraldo 1982

Despite the director Werner Herzog maintaining that everything in the film was shot for real there are a couple of model ship shots in the film and they are very well done.

There must have been a miniature river rapids set built along with the scale model of the steamship.

Unfortunately there is no credits for the miniature sequence.

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Berton Pierce who made the wonderfull documentary about the legendary modelmakers of blockbuster movies “A Sense of Scale” contacted me through the comments section. He has a couple of photographs he took at an exibition in Germany that featured the miniature ship from Fitzcarraldo and here they are below. The first one is a behind the scenes photograph of the miniature shoot that was displayed alongside the model at the exhibition. Although it is a bit blurry it does show the scale of the model with people in the scene.

Fitzcarralldo_BertonPierce_exhibition1 Fitzcarraldo_BertonPierce_Exhibition2Berton’s documentary can be purchased from the link below and I thoroughly recommend it. He has produced a valuable record of a now dying art and even more than that, he has made an entertaining film that is chock full of my heroes talking about the subject I love…miniatures.

Sense Of Scale DVD