|My newest MOC, Indias Taj Mahal, is a commissioned piece made for an Australian|
film called Taj.
It's a redemption story about an Indian man Vjay (Indian as in India, not North
America) who rebuilds a relationship with his 10-year-old daughter from who he
has been estranged since the breakup of his marriage to her mother.
What brings them together is the chance finding of thousands of white Lego
pieces at a garage sale. They decide to build the Taj Mahal over several
The films producer, Winston Furlong, asked me to build a model of the Taj Mahal
that incorporated the best features of the previous two models I had built. So
it is not surprising that some of the designed elements (the turrets, the
reflecting pool, etc.) have similarities to the two previous models.
The producer had some other requirements that I needed to incorporate into the
model. First was the idea of simple elegance. I needed to remember that the
model was being built by a precocious teen-ager (with the help of her
grandfather who is an architect) so I tried not to use any advanced building
techniques (ie. SNOT, etc.). Second was the fact the model occasionally gets
damaged (theres one scene where Vjay tips the entire model) so not only does
the entire model neatly fall apart into 40 some odd pieces, but each of the
individual designed elements (turrets, archways, bases, etc.) further fall apart
along pre-designed fracture points.
This build was also unique for me as I allowed the producer full creative
thereby allowing him to ask for changes and modifications (even if I
With any luck Ill be heading off to Australia this summer with the model to be
the Lego expert during some of the movies filming. The producer is also
ordering enough spare parts so that I (with some help) can produce a duplicate
of the original model and some extra designed elements.
The models first public display will be at Brickworld.
Message has 4 Replies:
| ||Re: Taj Mahal|| Eric Sophie|
|WOW! Great post! Wonderful opportunity for you, a fantastic MOC! Please let us all know when the film is completed, I would like to see it. Very inspiring! Thank you, Eric Sophie (6 years ago, 16-May-08, to lugnet.build) |
| ||Re: Taj Mahal|| Nelson Yrizarry|
|(...) What a beautiful MOC! It is indeed quite simple and elegant. Good luck with your film career, and please do keep us posted on the film and its release. "Big Daddy" Nelson (6 years ago, 17-May-08, to lugnet.build, FTX) |
| ||Re: Taj Mahal|| Kerry Raymond|
| "Arthur Gugick" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:K0z6Mx.41B@lugnet.com... (...) Wow, that's impressive! I love the reflecting pond! Initially I thought the pond was tiles and you'd used lighting to get them to reflect the real model (...) (6 years ago, 17-May-08, to lugnet.build) |
| ||Re: Taj Mahal|| Arthur Gugick|
|Just an update. (Sorry for the large photo) :<( (URL) Taj: The Movie.... I've spent the past three weeks in Australia working on the movie "Taj", an Australian film whose central prop is a Lego model of the Taj Mahal. The original model, that I (...) (5 years ago, 23-Jan-09, to lugnet.build, FTX) |
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