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Chicago 2 TDK Shoot Report

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The following is a fairly "spoiler-free" report of TDK shoot in Chicago on June 27, 2007 from "John Kimble"

I was an extra in today's shoot in Chicago. There were a LOT of extras - Much bigger crowds than ANYTHING in the first film. The extras were grouped into Evacuees (the biggest, and included myself), Prisoners (a similarly HUGE group), National Guardsmen, GPD, Prison Guards (wearing tan "Department of Corrections" uniforms), and I think there were only four DOT dock officials. The AD explained that Gotham City had been plagued by x xxxxxx xx xxxxxxx and the government decided to evacuate the civilian population. So the first scene, which took place along the Chicago River at Wabash [had a special police unit at work]. The surrounding streets were NOT closed, so I'm sure plenty of photos of this shoot will surface... probably two dozen tourist buses or boats full of camera-trigger-happy folks passed directly by the shoot.

The second scene was at the "docks" aka Navy Pier. I believe you already had posted pictures of the set. Basically, it was the back ends of two big ferry boats (I think they were titled the "River Victory" and "Spirit of Gotham" but I'm not sure on the former) surrounded by green screens. I assume the rest of the boats will be added digitally.

Nolan was there directing for both scenes, though he never directly addressed the crowd (and apparently he had had reservations about working with a crowd but was pleased with our work). Both scenes used his trademark combination of hand-held camera with Techno-Crane or whatever it's called. In addition, a camera helicopter captured both crowd scenes. I'm not sure that any previous Nolan films have helicopter flyover shots, or if he chose to do it just to capture the spectacle of such a huge crowd.

So that's it. A lot of people got disillusioned with the film-making craft after a 16-hour shoot that produced MAYBE a minute of footage, but I was happy to be a part of the sequel to my favorite movie.

Raw footage of the shoot can be found at Chicago's ABC 7.

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