Sunday, May 2, 2021

First Modeling Job

In 1953 Cecil B. DeMille commissioned Salt Lake City based Mormon artist Arnold Friberg to paint some preproduction thematic works for The Ten Commandments.  These were used to inspire everything from set decoration to costumes for the movie.  Friberg hired a just out of high school Mike Sill to pose for some of these.  Of all the renditions of these paintings I was able to find on line, this one looks to be one Mike would appear in.  I don't know which guy (or guys) might be Mike. 


  1. Looks like they are getting ready to worship the Golden Calf.

  2. What an amazing project to get involved in. I'm assuming, based on shoulder width and smile Mike is the guy at the front with the headdress and the one at the side beneath the red banner.