Sunday, June 22, 2008

The age of film

Yesterday when I got to work (yes, working on Saturday, I'm afraid) Lonsdale Street looked like the end of the world.

They were filming for The Knowing, a new film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot), and the space between King and Spencer Streets was filled with burning cars and what looked like hundreds of extras. At either end of this space stood huge cranes around seven storeys high with wires strung between them, from which was suspended a camera. It was able to fly across the length of the street while the masses brawled and panicked below.

We had a good view from our window on level 5, but the few times I went to look reminded me that much of film-making is taken up by standing around waiting for something to happen. I suspect that by the time the CGI effects have been added we won't recognise the scene as Lonsdale Street at all. Still, the old power station provided a suitably derelict backdrop.


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