World War Z

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Photography
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For the next two weeks, Glasgow is set to look even more post-apocalyptic than usual as filming of the latest Brad Pitt movie, World War Z, commences. Parts of the city – mostly around George Square – have been transformed into the war-torn streets of zombie-ridden Philadelphia for the adaption of Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (sequel to 2003’s The Zombie Survival Guide).

To effect this transformation, they’ve erected false shop fronts and American-style street signs throughout the area; Glasgow having been chosen for its architecture, wide roads and grid layout. One might question why they didn’t save themselves the hassle and just film in Philadelphia but there were apparently some “uncertainties about state tax credits for filmmakers”: the same reason – in fact – why Philly lost out on the next Bourne instalment.

These signs have been put up around the area, my favourite nugget being that “The filming is weather dependent. In the case of bad weather, the crew will work elsewhere.” And you came to Scotland why?

I’m relying on Joji for an accuracy assessment.

I really hope there’s an actual Philadelphia taxi company called Philadelphia Taxi.

Nerd fact. Philadelphia’s City Hall will be represented by Glasgow City Chambers at George Square; so named for King George III who was – in actuality – the very despot Philadelphia led the Revolution against.

Police bikes. I saw a guy ride one of these onto the set about 20 minutes later so perhaps it’s part of the “two car crashes” mentioned on the sign earlier?

I had no idea they’d held an open casting last month to recruit locals to star as zombie extras. Quel dommage. 😦

I’ve since discovered this is an actual newspaper.

I wonder if it was graffitied beforehand or they just left it outside in Glasgow too long.

I wish they’d replace Big Issue sellers with these.

Note that the cars are still on the “wrong” side of the street.

My favourite Twitter comment so far: “Parts of Glasgow have been made to look post apocalyptic for Brad Pitt’s new film. Residents are elated with the renovations.”

I wasn’t sure if this was a prop or an actual delivery truck but figured I should take a picture just in case. Luckily for me, it’s the former.

All American cars with American license plates. The best part about this picture: you can clearly tell that the road signs have started to wash off because of Scotland’s shitty weather.

With the whole area cordoned off, it looks like most of the filming is going to take place here on Cochrane St.

Following on from a discussion with Chris re: the multitude of Canadian flags we saw during our visit: no, we don’t have Scottish flags up…but we do have American ones. Ashamed-of-our-heritage memories?

These black sheets have been put up to prevent people peering onto the set.

Local businesses have wasted no time in capitalising on the movie. Clearly Azzimo’s business acumen is much keener than their grasp of “inverted” “commas”.

Metro Sandwich have also named a panini after Brad after his assistant collected one for his lunch. Brad returned the gesture by signing their poster. (Look, Rheanna: I’m not the only one with block caps, Serial killer handwriting!)

This is either the paparazzi or the world’s most dedicated group of stalkers.

A closer look onto the set…

…right before I was told off for standing on this wall and taking pictures, haha.

Brad’s trailer was parked on John St and a sizeable crowd had gathered at the top in the hope of catching a glimpse of him walking back on set. Much like when “he” got off the train in Central Station, however, the most they saw was his stunt double.

Ernst & Young is now the “United States Court House” – complete with SWAT vans.

Aaand that’s it for now. I hear they’ve actually started filming the action sequences so I might head down again this week in the hopes of seeing Brad himself…if for no other reason than to ask him to give my love to his partner; whose every movie since 1993 I’ve seen and whose book I am possible the only person in the world to have read. Angelina Jolie wrote a book, you ask? Exactly.

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