Friday, 17 November 2017

Sculptor reveals secrets of blockbuster film sets

A SCULPTOR who has worked on Hollywood blockbuster films visited Sacred Heart School in Henley to talk about his work.

A SCULPTOR who has worked on Hollywood blockbuster films visited Sacred Heart School in Henley to talk about his work.

Bruce Gordon, who built the Batmobile for Batman Begins in 2005, showed the children behind-the-scenes photographs of his creations and brought along a plaster cast of the wooden horse from the 2004 historical drama Troy.

He explained how he had used the model to help him build the sculpture used in the film.

Mr Gordon also showed slides of sets from Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was the supervising sculptor on the film, building the outside of Willy Wonka’s factory and several interiors.

He answered questions from his audience, which was made up of about 60 pupils from years three to six.

Mr Gordon, 41, from Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, started his career as a wood turner before building sets for theme parks.

He got his big break as a sculptor for the computer game adaptation Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. He worked on Casino Royale, Stardust, The Phantom of the Opera and Thor. Now he makes bronze sculptures at home and hopes to hold an exhibition soon.

Mr Gordon said: “Working in film isn’t glamorous at all. You do get to make incredible things and rub shoulders with the stars but there’s a lot of hard work and pressure. It can also be boring because you’re always waiting around for things to happen. I’m getting more satisfaction now from producing my own work as I’ve spent my whole life producing other people’s.”

The visit was arranged by Hannah Wilson, whose eight-year-old son Roman is a pupil, to tie in with year 3’s study of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Her brother Ben, from Rotherfield Greys, is a TV cameraman and knows Mr Gordon.

Mrs Wilson said: “Bruce was fantastically inspirational and I couldn’t believe the amount of questions the children were asking.

“I hope they’ll have a greater understanding of the effort that goes into making a film.”

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