News, but not the serious kind
I left my part in San Francisco?
Blog Guy, I always come to you for my news about the movie industry. What’s my favorite actress, Halle Berry, up to these days?
Ah, so I guess this is another Glasgow movie that’s SUPPOSED to be Philadelphia, like that Brad Pitt zombie movie you wrote about recently?
No, this is a Glasgow move that’s supposed to take place in San Francisco.
Wait a minute, Blog Guy! I understand suspension of disbelief as much as the next person, but how can the same Scottish city pass for Philadelphia AND San Francisco, which don’t look anything alike? What about San Francisco’s dramatic hills?
I understand all the movie cameras are being tilted to a 45-degree angle, to simulate the hilly streets. Also, they’ve altered Glasgow’s billboards to say stuff like, “Try haggis, the San Francisco treat.”
They’ve built an exact replica of the Golden Gate Bridge for use in some key scenes, and there is a fiberglass version of San Francisco Bay. They’re shooting everything in reverse, so the sun appears to be setting in the west over the Bay.
Holy crap! Why the hell don’t they just just SHOOT the fricking thing in San Francisco?
Seriously? Where’s the movie magic in that?
Top: Actress Halle Berry reacts to gunfire during filming of “Cloud Atlas” in Glasgow, Scotland September 16, 2011. The movie, starring Berry and Tom Hanks, is set in San Francisco.
Right: Berry looks round during filming.
Bottom right: Actor Brad Pitt smiles during the filming of zombie movie ‘World War Z’ in Glasgow, Scotland August 24, 2011. Some scenes in the film starring Pitt are being filmed in Glasgow due to its resemblance to Philadelphia, where parts of the story are set.
REUTERS photos by David Moir