Written by on Feb 24, 2012. Posted in Production News

Chronicle finds Seattle on location in Cape Town filming superhero teens

Cape Town in South Africa doubled for Seattle for scenes in the new paranormal thriller Chronicle. Using a pseudo-documentary style, the film follows a group of Seattle teenagers who get special powers when they find a strange object in a nearby forest.

With a budget of around USD15 million to play with, first-time feature filmmaker Josh Trank and his team considered all the usual global production hubs including Louisiana, Michigan, New Zealand and Vancouver, but eventually settled on Cape Town.

David Wicht is Chief Executive Officer of Film Afrika, which serviced the shoot: “This is yet again a testament to the quality of our crews, the attraction of a world-class studio like Cape Town Film Studios and the versatility of Cape Town as a location. Without the fantastic support we received from the city at all levels, this film would not have been possible.”

This is yet again a testament to the quality of our crews, the attraction of a world-class studio like Cape Town Film Studios and the versatility of Cape Town as a location.

David Wicht, Film Afrika

The city centre in Cape Town was used to stage elaborate stunt sequences where the teens use their powers to throw vehicles into buildings and evade the authorities. Filming also took place at Cape Town Film Studios, which has recently hosted Dredd and Denzel Washington’s Safe House.

Chronicle is in the middle of a staggered global cinema release.

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