When director Darren Aronofsky set out to begin recreating the legendary Noah's Ark for his new action/adventure film
, he turned to the Book of Genesis from the Old Testament for details. From Genesis 5:32-10:1:
"So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
A cubit being the length of the forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, Aronofsky decided to create over a quarter of the original biblical ark - or about 165 feet. Artists then added the remaining pieces digitally to extend the ark to 500 feet. All in all, the entire construction process took over six months to complete.
"It basically describes a box," Aronfsky says of the story in the Book of Genesis. "It doesn't talk about a bow. It doesn't have to navigate. It wasn't like Noah was trying to take the ship anywhere. It just basically has to survive the flood.
"He built it to the actual scope that's described in the bible," he added. "Which is actually a very impressive ship. Movies don't really build things like this anymore."
Check out the featurette on the building of Noah's Ark for "Noah" below. The film opens March 28th.