Immensities

Tuesday 27th June. 8.00 AM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Our first day on what is simply the most beautiful set in the movie – the Queen’s private chambers.


This is Elizabeth’s inner sanctum, a personal area away from the troubles and responsibilities of court where we see the Queen at her most private and intimate. This is not a copy of the bedchamber at any one Tudor palace but an imagined space. The set is centred on an atrium which leads off to various alcoves which represent the different aspects of Elizabeth’s private life. In one is a library and music area strewn with books, charts and instruments, next to it the wardrobe, lined with the costumes that she wears in the movie. Another, panelled in linen-fold and painted in a scheme taken from a Henry VIII tester bed, holds her make-up, jewellery and apothecaries impedimenta whilst beyond is the Royal bed. On the tables and boxes, along the mantle over the vast stone fireplace, stand the objects the queen has chosen to have close to her – a portrait of her father, exotic gifts from foreign potentates, a prie dieu for personal prayer. Other exits from the atrium lead away to the rest of the palace, hung with huge tapestries and picking up the architectural motifs of the cathedrals we’ve shot in to take us seamlessly between location and studio scenes.
It is an enormously complex set, created in the round, which can be shot from any side, revealing layered vistas and seemingly endless entrances and exits. This is a golden wonderland, impossible to ever fully explore, epitomised by the full length mirror here, made from hundreds of tiny fragments, each hand-set at a slightly different angle, which takes the structure of the room and breaks it into a thousand pieces.
In this place Raleigh now tells Elizabeth of other wonders, of the strange lands beyond the edge of her maps and of the silent immensity of the ocean.
Justin

7 Responses to “Immensities”

  1. Judy Dragutsky says:

    Dear Justin,
    Is this a dream sequence?
    Judy

  2. Cinda says:

    Inner Sanctum
    Area away from the troubles and responsibilities
    intimate imagined space
    which leads off to various alcoves
    revealing layered vistas and seemingly endless entrances and exits
    to take us seamlessly between scenes
    and breaks it into a thousand pieces
    wonders of the strange lands
    beyond the edge of maps
    and of the silent immensity of the ocean
    …inner sanctum.

  3. Ridhwana says:

    dearest sir,
    i am sure you are going to prove your brilliance and perfectionism to the audiences once again and i wish you all the best and all the success.
    but one thing i really miss very much is to see you on sets and ofcourse giving directions,
    wish i was able to assist you there too.
    thanks
    ridhwana

  4. Judy Dragutsky says:

    Thank you Cinda!
    This is now one of my favorite pieces though I’m not familiar but assume it’s Shakespeare.
    Judy

  5. Cinda says:

    Dear Judy,
    Some posts ago, I became compelled to decode some of Justin’s messages. If you look closely, you will find the answer within the post above.
    Ah…the beauty of GREAT poetry can be gently savoured from the written thoughts of “Justin”
    Perhaps Justin was once Shakespeare.
    Enjoy!
    Cinda

  6. North says:

    Justin, I can well imagine Elizabeth’s imagination running rampantly wild; at the visions her mind must have created in things being explained to her; she’d not known of before…
    I imagine her child-state like mind; to be engrossed in the imagery of places, people and things being described to her.
    I can hardly wait until this movie’s release!!
    Hello of course, to Shekhar, cast, crew and to you as well, Justin; and your staff….
    Hi Cinda!!
    North

  7. Cinda says:

    Hi North!

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