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Ten Commandments, The (2007)
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Some mild peril.
Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Elliott Gould
Bill Boyce, John Stronach
Ten Commandments, The (2007)
The Egyptian Prince, Moses (voiced by Christian Slater), learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
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Work on The Ten Commandments began in 2004, when Promenade Picture’s president and COO, Cindy Bond, asked screenwriter Ed Naha (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) to write a script for an animated film that would depict Moses as a normal, very human person, a rare approach to this well-known story. After developing the script, Promenade “went on a worldwide search for an animation house that had the technology to bring this picture to life,” Bond said.
“Our travels took us to
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One of the main requirements was to clearly differentiate between the Hebrews and the Egyptians. This was done with clothing color schemes -- the Egyptians were given off-white colors for their main garments with contrasting vibrant colors while the Hebrews were given more earthy colors. The Egyptian characters themselves were made more angular, the women with a supermodel-like superiority and air, vain and image-focused, their skin tone pushed more towards yellow. The Hebrews, by comparison, were more organic and rounded with a browner skin tone.
The organic vs. angular concept was carried through into the sets: the roughly constructed mud brick housing of the Hebrews and the clean, smooth lines of the Egyptian buildings. The houses themselves were arranged haphazardly in slum-like
The palace was placed atop a hill in the middle of the city to ensure it was visible from anywhere in the city, and the area behind the city was framed with large pyramids. In reality, pyramids, as burial sites, would have been found symbolically placed on the far side of the river from the city and some distance downstream. For the sake of appearances, however, the filmmakers claimed cinematic license so the audience could see more of the pyramids.
Production designer Kloosterboer and the directors did a Herculean job researching the look of
While producing Charlton Heston Presents: The Bible in 1991-2, Stronach had spent three months on the ground in
“The joy of animation,” Boyce said, “is the ability to create pretty much anything we can imagine. We could design and build an ancient Egyptian city and its citizens and slaves from the ground up, exactly as we envisioned it, and exactly as required by the script, in the style of our choice. It was a very heady feeling.”
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