Production Designer: Michael Corenblith
On private property in Dripping Springs, Texas, an area outside of Austin, we built over 52 acres of film sets, including the Alamo Fort, the town of Bexar, the town of San Felipe, and others. We meticulously researched the historic Alamo site in San Antonio, and its history, and consulted with several historians on the subject. Our set designer and sculptors for this set rigorously measured, drew, and then sculpted the famous front facade of the church to match it as closely as possible to the original historic, and sacred, site. We were being watched quite closely by those who hold this site dear, and we were under pressure to get it right. Though we changed the orientation of the church on the site for story-telling purposes, and took some license when filling-in a few missing details, in the end I think we satisfied many nay-sayers.
There was no stage work on this film, all interiors for the Alamo Fort, Bexar, and San Felipe were built inside their corresponding buildings on site. After finishing all filming in and around the San Felipe set, we set it ablaze for the scene where General Santa Ana marches through, and burns it down.
As the fort and town took their final shape and finish, many local student groups were brought to our set for a tour of the grounds to assist and inspire their classroom studies. It became a very popular field trip. Sadly, this set burnt down a number of years ago.
All photos by L. Polizzi