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How Did Darren Aronofsky Build 'Noah''s Ark? Watch and Find Out (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2014 at 12:58PM

A new featurette has arrived for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," wherein the director takes us through the process of building a key set piece: the ark. In the video, Aronofsky and his production designer Mark Friedberg discuss how the dimensions of the ark are laid out in the Bible. As opposed to a ship-like structure with a bow (the conventional image of Noah's ark), the structure is actually described as a giant box, which is exactly what the "Noah" team have made.
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Russel Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in 'Noah'
Russel Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in 'Noah'

A new featurette has arrived for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," wherein the director takes us through the process of building a key set piece: the ark. In the video, Aronofsky and his production designer Mark Friedberg discuss how the dimensions of the ark are laid out in the Bible. As opposed to a ship-like structure with a bow (the conventional image of Noah's ark), the structure is actually described as a giant box, which is exactly what the "Noah" team have made.

The under-construction ark for 'Noah'
The under-construction ark for 'Noah'

It's telling the featurette focuses on the pains Aronofsky and his crew took to achieve accuracy in terms of Biblical text. Paramount is clearly hoping to attract a religious demo for the $130 million would-be tentpole, and concern has already been brewing for months as to whether Aronofsky's vision is taking too much poetic license. Will it turn off the audience they're hoping to attract? Either way, the film looks gorgeous.

Meanwhile, it seems Paramount made last-minute changes to the marketing materials for "Noah" without consulting the director. A religious disclaimer, reading "This film has been inspired by the story of Noah," has been added to the film and all its marketing. Per the Wrap, Aronofsky has said he doesn't want to do anything to hurt the film at this point, but also doesn't want to pander to audiences.

"Noah" arrives March 28.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.