Godzilla’s main unit is spending three afternoon/evenings this week filming in Finn Slough on the Fraser River dressed as a Japanese fishing village in a nuclear quarantine zone. It didn’t take much set dressing to get the right look. Finn Slough in Steveston is a historic collection of houses on stilts, float houses, net sheds and drying racks left over from a Finnish fishing village founded in the late 19th century. All that was needed was vines of bamboo to cover up any signs of the 30-odd residents living there today. The addition of a few falling-apart float homes and Japanese gates. Long black tubes to fill the air with smoke. And lots and lots of quarantine and nuclear zone exclusion signs Camera crew motored into the slough yesterday afternoon from the river on a flat boat with a technocrane, snaking their way into the condemned village in take after take.
Filming started this morning on Godzilla’s USS Alameda landing craft set on the edge of Garry Point Park in Steveston with soldiers, technocrane, fog machines, rain towers, giant scrims and green screens added to the ride. Crew tested the mechanics last night, rocking and rolling the set while shooting sprays of water over the bow.
Godzilla crew tested their USS Alameda landing craft set last night on the edge of Steveston’s Garry Point Park. The craft was rocking and rolling as if battling a sea monster in San Francisco Bay with a stunt performer along for the ride. I’m guessing San Francisco because Alameda is the name of the old naval air station there. And the Steveston docks have been remade as San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf for the past two weeks. Filming started on the USS Alameda set this morning with a technocrane, fog machines, rain towers and green screens.
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Street kid regulars led by Twitch (Max Fowler).
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In tonight’s rehearsal, a group of US soldier extras carry a warhead onto a prop red San Francisco Whale Watching Tours boat at the Steveston docks. Will that be enough to make Godzilla go kaboom?
Godzilla came ashore last week for three nights in a row at the Steveston docks dressed like San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. U.S. soldiers did their best, shooting bullets at the primeval sea monster in the water from a red Go Whales Tours whale-watching boat. Despite the noise of the simulated gunfire, it wasn’t effective. I asked the military extras if they thought they’d got him — “He’s still out there. Stay tuned,” they admitted.
And so Godzilla returns to the Steveston docks tonight, but this time with the second unit. Does this mean Godzilla goes kaboom?
The Wow factor at the night shoots is the size of the hoists and lights not the monster we can’t see. Lights bigger than anything we’ve seen in Vancouver. Even bigger than Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, according to someone who worked on the Tom Cruise blockbuster.
Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) filmed a scene last Tuesday in a closed intersection in Steveston south of Vancouver with 200 military extras and two spheres on either end of a pole to represent the gigantic, primeval sea monster terrorizing the town. We don’t know yet if the rebooted Godzilla is powered by nuclear radiation like its predecessors but the flaming burnout cars on sets suggest it does shoot some kind of radioactive fire. So why are all these soldiers shooting bullets at Godzilla when it clearly has no impact ? Because that’s what they’re trained to do.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson jumps out of the truck.
Feature film Godzilla invaded Steveston last week. Two hundred U.S. military extras stormed the village to protect it from the wrath of the Japanese monster. Ahead of the Tuesday shoot, crew turned Moncton Street into a different American town instead of the familiar Storybrooke, Maine, of Once Upon a Time. They covered up the Steveston Marine & Hardware with Tall Pines Tools and Fasteners rather than Welcome to Storybrooke. Turned the Cannery Cafe into Taqueria Bosque. instead of Granny’s Diner. Dressed Splash Toys as the Wood Eagle Bar rather than Neighbour’s. And so on.
U.S. military backgrounders outside what used to be Mr. Gold’s Pawnbroker in Storybrooke.