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Paramount trail Glasgow/Philly melange for Brad Pitt blockbuster

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November 27 2012

Paramount trail Glasgow/Philly melange for Brad Pitt blockbuster
The streets of Glasgow have been transposed with their Philadelphian equivalents to create an unreal cinematic hodge-podge of both, serving as backdrop to a zombie apocalypse.

Glasgow, which is said to have inspired development of America’s eastern seaboard cities with its grid iron pattern, was used as a stand-in for Philadelphia for World War Z, presenting an artistic challenge for producers.

Relying on some judicious back room editing to pull off the transformation, it involved transposing landmarks such as One Liberty Place to Charing Cross and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the east end.

Much of the action was centred on George Square where an American style garbage truck careened through an array of grid-locked yellow cabs and police cars, stalled by a large explosion on St Vincent Street.

The film is slated for release on 21 June 2013.
An explosion rips through a building on St Vincent Street/Broad Street
An explosion rips through a building on St Vincent Street/Broad Street
Citizens flee Glasgow's soon to be revamped George Square
Citizens flee Glasgow's soon to be revamped George Square

Collegelands has been replaced by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on this George Street vista
Collegelands has been replaced by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on this George Street vista
Pitt dices with death on his first visit to Glasgow
Pitt dices with death on his first visit to Glasgow

Pitt narrowly escapes a high impact meeting with this dustbin lorry
Pitt narrowly escapes a high impact meeting with this dustbin lorry

1 Comment

Graeme
#1 Posted by Graeme on 27 Nov 2012 at 22:20 PM
Considering how much effort the film makers went to to cover all signs of it being in Glasgow from the scene filmed on St Vincent Street, you'd think they'd have sorted out the bus stop and obviously Glesga bins that are seen in the Bridge shot!

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