Well, we (SF) doubled for London early this year. So It's all a part of movie magic!
Cloud Atlas films with Halle Berry on location as Glasgow doubles San Francisco
Epic drama Cloud Atlas has been filming scenes in Glasgow with Halle Berry, only weeks after Brad Pitt brought a zombie holocaust through the city centre with World War Z. Once again the city’s doubling for a US metropolis, this time San Francisco.
Jennifer Reynolds, of the Glasgow Film Office, said: “It’s a German production and they had been scouting areas in the UK because some of the script is set in the UK. So they were looking at areas in Scotland - I think Edinburgh and Glasgow - but one thing Glasgow had that worked for them was the geography of Glasgow - quite a few steep hills - and it could replicate San Francisco in the United States.
One thing Glasgow had that worked for them was the geography of Glasgow - quite a few steep hills - and it could replicate San Francisco in the United States.
Jennifer Reynolds, Glasgow Film Office
“So we managed to secure about three days' filming for a section of the book that is 1970s San Francisco. Another part of the story is set in modern-day London and we are also filming another day or two of that as well.”
With the production based in Berlin it makes sense to use convenient US doubles in the UK rather than take a unit all the way to California. Captain America made a similar decision in 2010, doubling parts of Liverpool and Manchester for 1940s New York as the main unit was based at Pinewood and Shepperton.
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