Turning Glasgow into Philadelphia for the Zombie Apocalypse of World War Z
So, again, what Aviv and I did, when we finished in Philadelphia, was spend a week in New York, creating a hybrid world that doesn’t exist. The building that Brad and family are on and the buildings immediately surrounding them are based on a housing project in Harlem. Those had interesting architecture. We were on various rooftops in Harlem, photographing different buildings. We used scissor-lifts, things like that, doing flat on camera textures of building facades, air conditioning vents, looking over, looking down. Other buildings in the shot are actually from the lower east side of Manhattan. We photographed a housing project there because it had some interesting shapes. Then, we did go to New Jersey. Our location scout got us onto the top of a tall building, so we were able to take these huge panoramas of the real New Jersey. So, in our shots, we did kind of a sandwich. In the background, it’s really New Jersey. The skyscrapers and various landmarks. In the midground, it’s the lower east side of Manhattan and those buildings. Then, immediately surrounding Brad and his family are buildings from Harlem.
Andy Robinson and the 2D guys were always thinking very hard about depth of field, the focus. He was completely obsessed with making sure the depth of field and stuff like that was right, to make it feel that it was photographed. We even swiped chromatic fringing onto things to make them look as if they’d been shot with a lens. Lens flares, things like that, we set it up so that we could have some cool shots looking into the sun. It was our world. We could do what we wanted with it. We photographed real lens flares rather than use digital ones and then manipulated those to get the nice striations and color balancing. And when they were occluded by the objects we would dim them in comp. All those things, which again, no one will ever know, we did just to try and keep it grounded in the real world.