It was interesting to see how a film is made, from filming to post production, and to see how all of the effects and sounds are added afterwards; it makes you realize all of the work there is behind a movie.
The Gangs Of New York set is a permanent one, it was realized by Dante Ferretti (worldwide famous set designer). This set is being reused for an Italian film at the moment, actually it was forbidden to take photos on a part of it.
The highlights for me was the set of Rome obviously, since Lucius Vorenus has been there ;)
Anyway, the set is amazing. I felt small in there because all of the structures are really big - although the proportions are out of scale compared to real monuments (this is what we were told!)
The tour-guide allowed us public to touch the set as usually people just stop and stare and take pictures. Knocking on the walls and columns you could feel they’re empty, but if you looked at them they seemed real.
The colours are still vivid, which is great considering some years have already passed.
I took the tour of the set twice, during daylight and by night - since I was curious to see the different atmosphere - the light and shade effect at night is suggestive and during sunlight you can focus on all of the details.--
..While writing I went through the pictures I took inside the studios, I found one of a sign about Rome all written in Italian, it practically said what the fiction of Rome is about. I translated some parts since there are information about the set:
“The bearing structure are wainscoted and also sheet of glass were used; columns, pediments and gables of the temples were realized with hardened polistirene to resist the prolonged external exposure. Besides the evident monumentality, main characteristic of the set is the strong chromaticity. Red, blue and green together with bright decorations make the public discover the original colours of Republican Rome.”
It also tells the name of the monuments you get to visit inside the set that I wasn’t able to name:
“Set designing presents, on one side, the classical style of the main civil and religious buildings of the Roman Forum – with Sacred Road, Julia Basilica, Janus arch, Venus and Jove temples – on the other side the slums zone, that is people’s habitations and artisan’s workshop”
Thank you Vanessa for sharing your photos and story
CineCitta Studio website has been updated new Rome set images and is available in English and French