YOUR SHOOT: TOMORROWLAND’s 1964 New York World’s Fair Set at the University of British Columbia

Photos by @BCFilmFan.

Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) returns to Vancouver in much better weather to film his next big feature film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy. Co-written by Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof (Lost & Star Trek reboot), this sci-fi film has been shrouded in secrecy.

But a leaked synopsis seems more credible now after seeing the New York World’s Fair set that crew have built on the Main Mall at the University of British Columbia (UBC). According to ScreenRant, when Frank Walker is a boy he learns about Tomorrowland at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. There he meets David Nix who shows off his successful work and tells the youngster to come back when he is older and his inventions work.  A young girl Athena  (actually a robot)  is the one who sneaks young Frank into Tomorrowland where Nix is the Mayor who decides to throw him out. What happened to Tomorrowland?  Does it still exist in an alternate dimension? Young Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), now middle-aged inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) and still young robot Athena (Raffey Cassidy) team up to save it from Mayor Nix (Hugh Laurie), who values technical accomplishment over creativity.

So Tomorrowland starts here at the World’s Fair. Crew will put up a giant bluecreen at one end for the visual effect of the Fair’s iconic Unisphere, a 12-storey-high Earth made of stainless steel looming above the grounds

New York (USA). World's Fair 1964-65. View of the Unisphere with world flags. Wikipedia.

New York (USA). World’s Fair 1964-65. View of the Unisphere with world flags. Wikipedia.

New York World’s Fair set on the Main Mall at the University of British Columbia photographed by @BCFilmFan.

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