BACKGROUND AND PROJECTS
Leon Poindexter served as master shipwright and historic advisor to Twentieth Century Fox for the Academy Award winning film MASTER AND COMMANDER
MASTER AND COMMANDER
- POINDEXTER was the historical consultant and master shipwright to
20th Century Fox for the redesign and transformation of the tall ship ROSE to be the frigate H.M.S. SURPRISE for the Academy Award winning motion picture
MASTER AND COMMANDER.
Mr. Poindexter did the preliminary drawings for designing the SURPRISE and was the technical advisor to the art department providing the sketches, drawings and historical research used for designing the sets used in the filming. After the design phase he headed a marine construction department of 25 shipwrights to transform the sail training ship H.M.S ROSE to the H.M.S. SURPRISE. From the first time that director Peter Weir and the producers checked out the ROSE, he made it clear that he was looking for a very high degree of historic accuracy and detail. The SURPRISE of Patrick O’Brian’s fiction was in fact a real frigate. In his preliminary drawings Mr. Poindexter compared her line drawings with the lines of the ROSE and it was a close match, but there needed to be some significant changes. During the filming Mr. Poindexter served as on-set technical advisor to the director and also appeared as a background actor in several scenes. MASTER AND COMMANDER received 3 academy awards and 10 nominations. One nomination was for the set design.
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