The last shooting day of the first week was a blast, quite literally. We had closed down the one of the busiest streets of Frankfurt, mustered 100+ extras, fans and freaks together and shot some nice street chaos, dressing the set to look like New York, and then prepped a huge explosion in the middle of the street.
I had illegal amounts of fun doing the scenes – first, we had some fighting action, then explosions, chaos and ending the day by getting the people to sing the national hymn of USA. And all this took place during Totensonntag (“The Dead Sunday”), a German holiday celebrating the memory of the deceased. It’s supposed to be a silent holiday, during which time it’s not appropriate to play music publicly (at least in some states) – yet, we kinda did that. And exploded a street. We’ll be haunted, that’s for sure.
The day was great. The extras and the fans that had showed up were just fantastic, and everything worked just perfectly. We had dragged a whole bunch of American cars, New York taxis and so on into the scene, changed all the street lights, street signs and the street paintings – we were even supposed to have a stunt flying across the explosion scene, but that we just had to skip because the equipment wasn’t working – unfortunately. But eventually, when we finally prepared the explosion and it went KABOOM, everything looked just fantastic. People were really scared, and the light and the dust from the explosion was just plain beautiful.
More than that, I think we managed to fake NY quite well in this scene. It did take quite a long time to prepare, but I was positively surprised on how well the street looked through the camera lens.
Today and tomorrow we have two days off. We went to get our drink on after the shoot, and I found myself from a 24-hour bar downtown at 08:00 in the next morning with bunch of our crew. I found my way to home softly as ever, only stopping for a breakfast to Hotel Continental, and today I’ve been doing a bunch of interviews starting midday, and then went through most of the material we’ve shot here in Frankfurt, and I’m happy to say that it works really really well! I’m so proud of my actors, they’re all doing great job!