Continuing yesterday’s post on long overdue looks at the behind-the-scenes aspects of Conan the Barbarian, we’re having a gander at Nu Boyana’s official page. With the trailer dissected and a few more official photos released, some of the pictures in the gallery can be seen with a new perspective.
Lots of pictures today, including some behind-the-scenes shots from Conan the Barbarian that I don’t believe have been discussed.
On the page for the “Roman Set,” we can find pictures of what would become the “Greek-Influenced Monastery,” albeit without the alterations like vines, broken statues and the like. They also seem to have blocked off the view of the Coliseum, probably due to it being too obviously “Roman,” not to mention the set being central to USA Network’s Spartacus series. It also comes with a helpful overview and plan of the set:
With almost 9000 sq.m, Nu Boyana offers one of the grandest standing Roman sets in the world.
It comprises a central city square, mini colosseum, roman garden, narrow streets and alley’s, training quarters and a variety of practical interiors.
Productions which used this set include Spartacus, War Inc. and Roman Mysteries.
Given the scale of the set, I have the feeling that this will be quite a big action set-piece in the film, where we see Khalar Zym showing off his Double Bladed Parallel Scimitar, and tons of poor Greek-Influenced Monks get chopped into pieces.
There is also a “Middle Eastern Set” built for War Inc, which I’m sure was also used for the fight with the sand warriors in Conan the Barbarian:
A “Gulag Camp,” used in The Way Back, may have contributed some of the watch towers for the Cimmerian village:
Nu Boyana’s forest backlot has a number of different environments which may have been used in the film, such as this trail for the forest pursuit:
In addition to the standing sets, there are some interesting images to be found in the rest of the site. The carpentry section has those mysterious wooden houses seen a while back:
More images of the wooden houses can be seen on the foam section, as well as a cave and ruins which might be used in the climactic sequence:
The vacuum forming section has a few props and scenery that I think might appear in the film:
Nu Boyana Film Studios offers this exciting technology to allow reproduction of complex shapes using lightweight plasics that are durable and strong. They can range from building blocks used in simulating stone and brick buildings to authentique ornaments.
The SFX section has some of the effects that may have been used in the film:
Our SFX department offers a complete services package, ranging from mechanical effects to weather and pyrotechnical effects as well as support services such as special transportation and handling for pyrotechnical materials,organising permits.
Our team consists of experienced professionals, creative young people and a wide selection of freelance technicians.
Our logistic includes special equipment, previewing facilities, a licensed civil explosives storage for pyrotechnics class I, II, III, IV, T1 and T2, a weapons workshop and storage area, as well as two Special Effects workshops.
The film’s prop department undoubtedly made use of Nu Boyana’s existing inventory:
This includes what I’m pretty sure is some of the dress setting for the “Greek Influenced Monastery”:
… as well as a possible part of the set for the kraken’s lair:
Our large inventory of props covers various historical periods:
Antiquity, Middle Age, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, up to the 21st century:
* Chandeliers made of wood, metal or other combinations of materials
* Torches and props for torches
* metal, silver and china tableware
* Old writing instruments, inkwells and other items of stationary
* Bags, old and contemporary suitcases and trunks
* Glasses, binoculars and pince-nez
* Small and large sculptures, jewelry cases, vases and other decorating items made of various materials
Nu Boyana also has a substantial armoury, though disappointingly for those hoping to hide out for the inevitable zombie apocalypse, they seem to be purely props. It seems obvious that the film would make use of their swords:
The locations section has some of the places that might be used in the 85-90% (according to Jason Momoa) of films not being green screened, for those convinced that this film will be all shot in a studio (despite Marcus Nispel hating green screen according to the effects people):
We can also find a picture of the spectacular phenomenon of Prohodna, “the eyes of God,” which is the gigantic cave mentioned by Jason Momoa and discussed in yesterday’s post:
What’s most interesting are the following pictures which can be viewed by clicking on the large picture on the main page (our resolute Stampfer has taken the next step, and provided screenshots):
Obviously the above pictures are stunt images. The first appears to be in one of the desert locations, while the second might be in Cimmeria – if so, the blue overtone from the official trailer was pretty heavy colour tinting.
The magnificent Prohodna cave is seen again, rigged and set up for shooting for the unusual method detailed yesterday.
This would appear to correspond to the coastal setting of several shots from the trailer, possibly the setting of Khor Khala itself.
Nonetheless, there isn’t really anything there that isn’t already well known by now, but they put what we’ve seen in the new releases in context.
EDIT: Stampfer graciously pointed out several errors on my part:
– First of all, the pictures weren’t taken down from Nu Boyana’s site, and are in fact freely available to view on a reel/video/slideshow on the homepage right now. Just press play on the large image, and you’ll see a succession of images accompanied by some jaunty piano music.
– I had mistakenly thought the series in question was Starz’ Spartacus series, but it turns out it was another series from USA Network entirely unrelated to Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, simply called Spartacus, which starred Goran Visnjic in the title role and Paul Telfer as a supporting actor. It’s a nice bit of synchronicity, since Telfer was one of the names bandied about for Conan a while back