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‘The Two Popes’: How Fernando Meirelles & Production Designer Mark Tildesley Re-Built The Sistine Chapel In 7 Weeks – Crew Call Podcast

‘The Two Popes’: How Fernando Meirelles & Production Designer Mark Tildesley Re-Built The Sistine Chapel In 7 Weeks – Crew Call Podcast

Dear God, how does one even begin to rebuild a 536 year old structure like the Sistine Chapel?

For Two Popes filmmaker Fernando Meirelles and his production designer Mark Tildesley, they certainly couldn’t fully paint one, because the film production would’ve wrapped before the set’s completion.

But there was a clever way, and the two, who’ve worked together since Constant Gardener, talk with us today on Crew Call about how they pulled off a pitch-perfect recreation in 7 weeks at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios. Shooting in the Vatican was off limits for the Netflix movie about Pope Francis’ rise and Pope Benedict’s resignation; a narrative production can only shoot the exteriors around St. Peter’s and Vatican City. There were also other high-bar set reproductions such as the Vatican’s map room. The duo also expound on that as well as how they brought Benedict’s summer residence to life.

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