Saturday, March 03, 2007

Filming in DC of "The Bourne Ultimatum"; Hollywood Haze

Today I took the Metro to the shooting of a press conferences scene from Paul Greengrss 's new film "The Bourne Ultimatum" based on in Robert Ludlum novel, the third in the Bourne franchise, with Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, the amnesiac who sometimes plays superman.

They would not let the public get too close to the filming in front ot the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse at 3rd St and Constitution Ave NW in Washington DC. Nevertheless, I got some shots in. I thought my camera was on stills, and I was actually getting mpg's, so I let the camera go to my feet, not realizing that it was still filming. The last video shows a CSX track and train running near L'Enfant Plaza, with freight traffic getting media attention as a security hazard in populated areas.

The links are 1 through 11. I made thumbnails of these as 12, 13, 14. I'll have to see if I can get full-sized stop-motion thumbnails made.

I did find out, hanging out around the concessions, that the horror film "Mustang Sally" seems to have distribution (New Line and American World), although I can't find it on Netflix yet.

On the same day, CNN has a brief report called "Hollywood Haze", about the undesirable contribution that Hollywood film production makes toward greenhouse gasses, because of the enormous travel, transportation and materials resources needed for some shoots in large films. All of this in view of "An Incovenient Truth" or even "The Day After Tomorrow," whose production company tried to set a good example with a green planting project afterward.

Update: Aug 3, 2007

The theatrical release of "The Bourne Ultimatum" apparently does not show the Prettyman Courthouse exterior, despite the effort to film it. Review here.

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