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#1 Ruairi Robinson

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:05 PM

Hey - got a question. If one was to shoot a post apocalyptic movie, and imagine for a moment our budget is unlimited (hah!), where on the world are the most stunning, desolate, post-apocalytic locations imaginable? Ruined towns or cityscapes, destruction everywhere. (or at least enough to work with that you can augment the rest with CG)

I'd say Afghanistan (particularly since the light there is so stunning) but obviously you could never shoot there.

Suggestions welcome!

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:25 PM

Well, I think the ultimate, if it is safe there yet, would have to be Chernobyl.

A good second would be the abandoned projects near Chicago that are in Koyaanisqatsi.
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#3 Richard Boddington

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:26 PM

Geez that's an easy one, have you been to Buffalo or Detroit?

Whole tracts of Buffalo look like the aftermath of WWIII.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:32 PM

Geez that's an easy one, have you been to Buffalo or Detroit?

Whole tracts of Buffalo look like the aftermath of WWIII.

R,


Very true. You could actually do well for this 'assignment' in what's left of the Kodak complexes in Rochester. :(
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#5 Robert Hughes

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:44 PM

Just about any Rust Belt city, of course. Milwaukee used to have a perfect ruin near the Amtrak line, but they tore it down a couple years back and put in a condo! Meanwhile, check out junkyards, architectural recycling lots, highway demolition projects, anywhere you'd find lots of busted up concrete and rebar. Chernobyl won't work, because the film fogs faster than you can shoot it, and gives you radiation poisoning to boot.
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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 02:28 PM

Just about any Rust Belt city, of course. Milwaukee used to have a perfect ruin near the Amtrak line, but they tore it down a couple years back and put in a condo! Meanwhile, check out junkyards, architectural recycling lots, highway demolition projects, anywhere you'd find lots of busted up concrete and rebar. Chernobyl won't work, because the film fogs faster than you can shoot it, and gives you radiation poisoning to boot.



Then I take it that Chernobyl is NOT safe yet? That's kind of why I threw in that qualifier. Can you imagine the production insurance cost? :lol: :P
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#7 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 02:32 PM

I really think it depends on the nature of the apocalypse, in Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" he ingeniously omits what actually happened and just describes an oppressive, cold, cloud covered rainy landscape bereft of life. Which with a bit of imagination and set design, could be almost
anywhere, and less cliché i might add.

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#8 tom quinn

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:20 PM

some abandonded strip mines in pa are all ash colored grit for as far as you can see.
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#9 Chris Keth

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:16 PM

some abandonded strip mines in pa are all ash colored grit for as far as you can see.


Ah, you remind me. Centralia, PA! It's an old coal town built right over a mine. Mid 20th century sometime, the coal in the mine caught fire and the whole town had to be abandoned. The mine is still smouldering and there are smoking cracks and fissures scattered throughout this 50s or 60s town. Google it.
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#10 Kevin Curtin

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:46 PM

I'm from Rochester, pretty much anywhere near or around the Genesee River would work lol.

I lived in Philly for a while, there are a couple very very run down urban areas that look like nothing or nobody has been there for years.
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#11 Adamo P Cultraro

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:32 PM

The abandoned marine base at El Toro. I'm shooting there January. 4700 acres in the middle of Orange County (SOCAL) complete with ghost town, hangars, and runways. My flick doesn't use it in the post apocalyptic sense, but it is so run down it could be.

Plus how often do you get to shoot on a real freaking base.
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#12 Ruairi Robinson

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 05:53 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys - any ideas for places outside of the US too...? Asia? Eastern Europe? Australia?

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#13 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 07:10 AM

Ahh Centralia. I remember the night I wound up there. . .
Seriously, though, it's an awesome location.

If you want really run down places in Europe, I would look into some of the old soviet bloc, I"m sure they have a bunch of non producing factories.
There is also the mid-west US, not all of it mind you, but places like Montana where I hear the population is decreasing. There should be a lot of tracks of just empty land, formerly inhabited.

Friend of mine and I had a notion for a post apocalyptic world wherein we'd not show any city-scape-- just rebuild what would best be Neanderthal land. . .with some leftover very destroyed modern things around.
Great reference films for this, btw, would be the Mad Max Trilogy.
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#14 A. Whitehouse

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:06 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys - any ideas for places outside of the US too...? Asia? Eastern Europe? Australia?

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Where's that port on the west coast of Africa where the ships have just been run aground and abandoned and now theres dozens of them like rusting carcasses. There are a few abandoned cities in China that were evacuated to make way for the three gorges dam. Some of them would be under water by now. And just about any commercial district is usually pretty empty on a sunday. Can be very ghostly...
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#15 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:43 AM

it's chittagong in benladesh
a beatifull movie was shot there but not with this pov.
the entire city lives whith the desasembling of all the rusty sheety boats of the plannet.

you have also the new orleans area from what i saw on tv
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#16 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:06 AM

> an oppressive, cold, cloud covered rainy landscape bereft of life

London?

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#17 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:09 AM

ah ah ah
phil you really make me laugth :)

or the "stade de france" field after the comming france VS england at rugby world cup it's gonna be apocalyptic!
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#18 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:15 AM

A country whose name I can't Pronounce in Western Africa is the graveyard.

http://crazytopics.b...-graveyard.html

Bangladesh is a disassembly place

http://www.foreignpo...oftheline1.html
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#19 Freya Black

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:25 AM

> an oppressive, cold, cloud covered rainy landscape bereft of life

London?

Phil


:) I wondered how long you could stay away from it! ;)

Actually I'd be intrested in hearing of any derelict type places in London or surrounding!

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#20 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:48 AM

There's an old underground train maintenance depot just off Wood Lane, near the BBC - it's great, but it's £500 a day!

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