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James Cameron's Titanic Film Set

Steve Perez of Abilene, Texas, and Richard Seigle of California have asked me me to display their film set pictures from James Cameron's Titanic. Steve and Richard have copyright on their respective sets of pictures, so please don't mail me asking for copies, but see below for Richard's photographs which you can buy.

This "11 Oscar" film stars Kate Winslet as 1st class passenger Rose, who is reluctantly engaged to be married to the extremely wealthy Cal, played by Billy Zane. However, as they travel back to America aboard Titanic, she meets 3rd class passenger, free-spirit and penniless artist Jack (Leo DiCaprio), and begins to fall in love with him. The story is told by the 100 year old Rose, who is brought in to help a modern day treasure hunter find a fabulous diamond, "The Heart of the Ocean", last worn by Rose on the night of the sinking. Will love conquer all ? Well you'll have to go and see the film or get the video or DVD to find out!

Titanic was released on December 19th 1997 in the U.S.A., and on January 23rd 1998 in the U.K. . Having been to see it twice now, I would say it is well worth seeing if you are interested in the Titanic. The recreations of the ship are tremendously detailed. Try the Internet Movie Database for more details including a full cast list.

Before leaving this site, have a look at the pictures on my Titanic Memorials Page, the second page of film set pictures, and send your comments. Let me know which pages in particular you have visited. Please note: I am not James Cameron, did not appear in the film, and had no part in the production of it.


First Batch of Photographs


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The set included a Titanic model 775 feet long (the real one was 886' 9"), of the port side of the ship. It was constructed in a giant water front tank in Baja California, Mexico, near Rosarito beach.


Get your own film set pictures !


Click here to see samples of a superb set of 27 film set pictures, taken by an extra on the movie. The pictures come with notes describing each photograph, plus interesting background material on the film. The quality is great (I have had to compress and reduce the quality of the scans because of bandwidth considerations) and I would recommend them to fellow Titanophiles. Please note that these pictures are not sold by me, and I make no money from them.

Second Batch of Photographs


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Because the set had to face into the prevailing wind so that the smoke would blow the right way in the "at sea" scenes, the film had to be reversed for the Southampton dock scenes in order to get the ship the right way on in relation to the dockside. Consequently, many notices and signs were printed as mirror images so that the film could be "reversed".


Third Batch of Photographs


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For those scenes requiring both halves of the ship computer generated graphics were used. The set was mounted on hydraulic rams so that when the sinking was being filmed, the set could be partly submerged at the correct angle in its water tank. Following the completion of filming, the model - basically a thin metal skin over chipboard, supported by scaffolding, was too badly damaged to be safe for public viewing. It was demolished, and individual props were auctioned off, many items at J. Peterman's web site, though no items remain for sale there. Some of the remaining rooms, clothes and models were used in the Titanic Movie Tour exhibition, and could be seen at various places around the world.


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