Wizards and Warriors
American Record Guide
"Middle Ages Chic - the Upwardly Mobile Castle." TV Guide, Fresno Edition February 5-11, 1983: 12-13
Middle Ages Chic - the Upwardly Mobile Castle
If you tune in to Wizards and Warriors, a medieval-comedy series coming up on CBS you'll see our hero, Prince Eric Greystone (Jeff Conaway), galloping away from his lady love's home, Baaldorf's Castle, as in the scene above. Only the veriest knight would not admit that the castle looks mighty convincing. Your eye is fooled because those unsung knights of show biz - the wizards of special effects - have done it again. The castle, shown at right, is, in truth, a handsome miniature 13 feet long, 3 feet wide and made mostly of plastic foam; it weighs about 100 pounds. When it's raised by a forklift and positioned just so against the California hills in the background, it appears to be a fortress a few hundred yards away. This charming toy cost about $15,000 to build and shoot. Building splendid castles in the sky - that's what Hollywood does best.
Photo credit and webmaster notes: Bruce Birmelin/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Top photo of Erik (Jeff Conaway) and Marko (Walter Olkewicz) with Castle Baaldorf seemingly in the distance. Large photo of Peter Wooley (Production Designer), James Frawley (Director) and Jeff Conaway on location while filming the pilot, The Rescue.
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