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April 4, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal
Simon Atherton and his team crafted more than 900 swords, shields and other weaponry for "Clash of the Titans," but he's always been a pretty peaceful guy. "I don't really like shooting animals and things," he said. "And even though weapons like firearms and swords are functional, there is a lot of artistic input that goes into the weapons as well. People decorate them and make them into things that are quite beautiful. So all of these crafts that come into it fascinate me -- engraving, working with wood to make the stocks and the handles for swords."
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April 4, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal
Simon Atherton and his team crafted more than 900 swords, shields and other weaponry for "Clash of the Titans," but he's always been a pretty peaceful guy. "I don't really like shooting animals and things," he said. "And even though weapons like firearms and swords are functional, there is a lot of artistic input that goes into the weapons as well. People decorate them and make them into things that are quite beautiful. So all of these crafts that come into it fascinate me -- engraving, working with wood to make the stocks and the handles for swords."
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May 15, 2005 | Susan King
Simon Atherton Armorer and weapons master Latest assignment: Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" Other credits: "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Saving Private Ryan," "Band of Brothers" and "Troy" This gunsmith for hire: It's a hybrid [job] really. An armorer can be the gentleman who brings a weapon to the set that day and shows the actor how to use it and make sure it's safe. But I have kind of taken it one stage further. We design weapons. We just don't supply a weapon.
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May 15, 2005 | Susan King
Simon Atherton Armorer and weapons master Latest assignment: Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" Other credits: "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Saving Private Ryan," "Band of Brothers" and "Troy" This gunsmith for hire: It's a hybrid [job] really. An armorer can be the gentleman who brings a weapon to the set that day and shows the actor how to use it and make sure it's safe. But I have kind of taken it one stage further. We design weapons. We just don't supply a weapon.
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May 10, 1998 | David Gritten, David Gritten, based in England, is a regular contributor to Calendar
There' a war going on outside, but Steven Spielberg doesn't notice. Hunkered down in a tiny, tent-like dwelling, covered with hanging canvas on three sides, and with large boards leaning against its frame to afford protection from explosions, stray gunfire and flying rubble, Spielberg peers intently at four monitors. Each monitor bears a label above its screen with a cameraman's name: David, Shay, Mitch, Chris. After Spielberg yells "Action!"
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