This was my stab at an idea for the poster of the film. It was just called "The Passion " at the time.
This was a storyboard frame that got out of hand as we tried to determine some of the ways in which his flesh would be torn apart. It was hard to keep sight of how much damage a human being could take and still keep functioning.
But I was reminded that we were dealing with someone who was more than a mere man.
As with all of the phtos in thie sequence, I started with a picture of Jim Caveizal we took in the shop, and I slowly took him through the process of brutalizing that he was to receive throughout the film. These were used as guides to get approval from Mel Gibson, and to be used as reference for the creation of the various stages of makeup.
This is my illustrated concept of what Jesus would look like after the flogging sequence. I started with a picture we took at the studiop of Jim with his arms up as if tied together," he was asked to loose a few pounds for the film after this photo session) and I painted on everything else in Photoshop.
More Photoshop work over a picture of Jim.
Passion-back legs caning design
More photoshop concept work. You can see the two stages of the flogging here. The first stage caused purple brusing. The second, the whipping, caused the flesh to tear open. Fun fun fun!!!
Passion-different Jesus looks
As you can see throughout these photos, I tried diferent hair and beard styles on Caveizal. Originally Mel thought he wanted a slightly different take on Jesus, with perhaps, more unique and interesting hair syles, perhaps tribally specific braiding, A pony tail, maybe a cleft beard.
In the end he opted for the classic European interpetation.
Passion-Jesus hair concepts-1
A couple more hairstyles were tried in Photoshop. We brought in a girl with ling brown hair, and styled it in different ways. I then applied them to Jim in the computer. The beard I drew in myself with photoshop.
n the left is Jim's true nose. On the right is my Photoshop rendering of a still handsome yet more enthically correct nose.
Passion-1st Test Makeup
These are shots from the very first makeup test we did on Jim Caveizal. It's rough, and you can see the seams, but it looked pretty darn good. You can see s cmall bubble in the gelatin nose piece. The nose used here is my first try at a semitic nose appliance for Jim. It was deemed to be a little extreme, so I did a slightly smaller and more subtle verion after this, which is what was used in the final film.
The beard here is a very good lace beard. However, the beards used in the film were hand-layed every morning from scratch by an excellant Italian makeup artist who did good hairwork. The idea of re-using the same, blood-encrusted beard every day began to look like a bad idea.
Passion-Jesus phone home
"Heavenly Father, I look gosh darn good in this makeup. I am the handsomest savior yet! Just one thing though. Do I really have to die on the cross? Can we at least talk about it?"