Monday, October 30, 2006

Apocalypse Tribeca

In a welcome change from the usual "Law and Order" episode shooting in our southern Tribeca neighborhood, this morning we found a large crew set up outside to film an outdoor sequence from the fall 2007 Warner Brothers production I Am Legend, based – loosely, I presume – on the terrific Richard Matheson story of the same name.

Will Smith stars in the film, which is about a deadly plague that turns everyone in the world into vampires. A lone scientist (in the book, at least) remains human and works furiously to formulate a cure to the plague, while each night vampires terrorize his barricaded home. I have a feeling that the movie version will be a bit more action-oriented than that, given the casting.

In our neighborhood, West Broadway from Chambers Street to Park Place (three blocks) was turned into a post-disaster wasteland, complete with abandoned cars, broken storefronts, grass growing through the sidewalk, and plague and quarantine posters everywhere. The crew was shooting a sequence with a camera truck and car mockup, up and down the street all day. Smith and a co-star were inside the car & a conversation was being filmed, with the abandoned storefronts as a backdrop.

Devastation in front of our local pizza joint.

A close-up of the poster on the side of the van. Mark your calendars.

Another store with its windows "smashed".

"Abandoned" and dirty vehicles were everywhere.
It actually reminded me heavily of 9/11 and the days after.

Warning posters hung on phone booths.

More photos in another day or two, and maybe some video. For the time being, Happy Halloween.


Blogger BRUISER said...

Thats awesome!!! Just started reading the book after many years of procrastination. These pics are great...Keep up the good work and get me one of those posters!!!!

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