Take a look at how the Noah team built the Ark

We’ve seen a number of trailers and TV spots for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Now it’s time for the featurettes, the first of which — released today — shows how the filmmakers built the Ark. It features a bit of new footage from the film and a few new lines of dialogue, so, as ever, you can check ’em all out below the jump, along with some other new videos and links to things like a virtual tour of the Ark, etc.

First, the featurette itself:

Before I turn to the new images from this featurette, I want to highlight a quote that appeared in two set-visit reports that went online today (at Coming Soon and SlashFilm), in which Darren Aronofsky says the Ark, as described in the Bible and depicted in his film, “kind of looks like a coffin carrying the dead. It’s carrying the living through the death of the world. There’s a lot of poetry to it, symbolism.”

Among other things, the set reports also note that the scaffolding around the Ark was made of bamboo and designed by Doug and Mike Starn, who designed the ‘Big Bambú’ exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I am also amused by the news that the film crew blared Guns ’n Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ as they filmed the scene of Tubal-Cain’s men charging the Ark.

Okay, now for the screencaps, focusing only on images that are new (or new-ish) — starting with the images that accompany the new bits of dialogue.

First, after a forest grows out of the ground almost instantaneously (as seen in the earlier trailers), a child says, “What is this?” and Noah replies, “This is our Ark.”

Later, in a clip that was included in at least one of the church-conference trailers but has not to my knowledge been released publicly before, Noah tells Ham, “Don’t you see how he made the forest to give us wood for the Ark? How he sent the birds? Has he not sent everything we need?”

Someone says: “All of us should be inside by now. The storm is coming.”

Noah says (in a clip we’ve heard before, but we’ve never seen the accompanying visual before), “When they come, they will be desperate, and they will be many.”

Finally, Ila asks, “What do you think it will be like, the end of everything?” to which Noah replies, “The beginning. The beginning of everything.” We have seen bits of this exchange before, but I believe this is the first time we have seen Noah turn his face away from Ila as he finishes his answer:

Beyond that, we also have some fantastic shots of the Ark itself, though it is not clear to me whether the second and third shots here appear in the actual film or simply represent test footage of the digital extensions to the practical set:

We also have some shots of Noah and his family making pitch and applying it to the Ark:

We also get some new shots of the animals coming aboard the Ark, which are similar to the shots we have seen before but from a slightly different angle etc.:

We also have a new shot of young Tubal-Cain striking Noah’s father Lamech:

And we have some new shots of Noah in various settings and poses:

And we have this new image of the water striking the Ark:

And finally, we have this new image of green hills and a waterfall:

You can also take a virtual tour of the Ark at the movie’s website, where there are separate tours for the avian, reptile and mammal decks, as well as the Ark’s exterior — and these pages on the website also include some new footage, such as these shots of members of Noah’s family swinging censers that put the animals to sleep:

We also see Noah in his workshop aboard the Ark:

And we see Noah striking an object of some sort to start the furnace aboard the Ark:

We also see Noah sitting with his family (though this is taken from a still image and not from a video clip):

Finally, a couple of new videos.

First, Paramount has released a second “motion poster”, this one entitled ‘Growth’:

And second, they have also released a new TV spot called ‘Chosen’, though it looks indistinguishable to me from the Super Bowl spot that aired two months ago:

Check out my earlier shot-by-shot trailer analyses here:

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • kso721

    anyone see the web meme with the anteaters asking “you only brought two ants!?!” ;-)


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