Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’ Producer Talks Shooting in Malta – Deadline

Ridley Scott and their executive producer Aidan Elliot working in rome house of gucci When the two were discussing the locations for Scott’s upcoming historical epic Napoleon When the director thought for Apple Maltawhere he famously filmed the GladiatorThe Siege of Toulon would make a great location for an opening scene in the film.

“The Siege of Toulon was Napoleon’s first military victory where he really showed his potential as a future specialist in the field,” says Elliot. “Achieving this required a very specific geography and Ridley, being someone who likes to do things as practically as possible as opposed to visual effects, recalled Valletta and the port there, Which is a magnificent Napoleonic port.”

He decided to fly to Rome the next day to take a look at Valletta’s suitability and, says Elliot, “it was almost a no-brainer.”

The cherry on the top came when they discovered that Malta was, at the time, about to introduce an increased cash discount, with more attractive incentives, including a new hybrid up-the-line cap and bottom-of-the-line cap for all. Includes opening line expense. International crew.

“There was a beta version of it flying around, a disapproved white paper that the government was working on and the idea was that we would be the first to really take advantage of this, which we gladly did,” says Elliott. , “It absolutely solidified our decision to move there because not only did we have this great location and background, but we also had this incredible, incredibly generous cash discount.”

He adds, “I would almost say this is probably the most generous cash discount in the world, and I don’t say that lightly.”

What is so appealing about this exemption from an international perspective is that not only does it apply to local crew and local facilities, but it also applies to all incoming crew and even equipment arriving from outside. Applies, “unless it can be sourced locally in Malta,” Elliot says.

“We took about 500 people to Malta and we were able to get discounts on all those people and the equipment that they had,” he says.

Napoleon (which is estimated at over $100 million) was shot over 15 days of its 100-day shoot in Malta and, says Elliott, was an incredible experience. He was particularly impressed by the strength in his local construction departments.

“We built the Toulon set on the same grounds that Ridley had previously built the Colosseum the Gladiator And [Ridley said] “There were a lot of faces in the build this time,” says Elliott.

“The quality and finish of the set were exemplary – as you know [production designer] Arthur Max is a very sought-after designer with very high standards, and he was very pleased with the finish.”

Malta Film Studio water tanks.

Malta Film Studio

During this, Michael MaloneProducers of Apple TV+’s sci-fi hit foundationUsed Malta’s extensive water tank facilities to create a world of water in foundation Universe.

“Water tanks are extraordinary,” says Malone, who is well-versed in water tank features after his work. life of Pi, “We used all three for a science fiction scene where it’s like a big city drain.”

Three water tank facilities at Malta Film Studios include: Shallow Tank, which is two meters deep and is used for special effects scenes; insert tank, a freshwater tank used for underwater close-up shots; and deep tank, which is used for underwater set-build.

“Tanks in Malta are very versatile and you can put a ship in a large tank or a deep tank,” says Malone. “They adapt our production to a T, and I love working there.”

He continued, “I definitely intend to come back to Malta – you can get antiques and modern Europe and Valletta offers so many different looks. I was really surprised at how accessible all the places are and How great they look. The ports are just amazing.”

As with generous discount offers as always, there is some local pushback and Elliott notes that it is inevitable that someone will question the long-term viability of this latest incentive.

“johan” [Grech] And his team has clearly run up these numbers and like most of these discounts, they often show up in the UK to pay their way,” Elliott says. “I think there’s always a political one about this. The component is going to be how people feel about spending huge amounts of money on silly little films, but so far, it has proved to be very successful. Movies are lining up to get there and, as long as it happens and it’s not just a flash in the pan, they are going to make Malta into a very strong business.

He adds, “There’s a pretty real feeling that they want to try and make something permanent out there and you don’t get that everywhere. So, it was quite refreshing, and I think if the film is right for it. So you want to go back.”