Wednesday, March 07, 2007

From the Set of "The Bourne Ultimatum"

I've been walking past "No Parking" signs on 8th Avenue for the past few weeks, alerting me that "The Bourne Ultimatum" would be filming in my neighborhood. So this past Saturday I ventured out with Katie and my best friend Taylor to the Port Authority to see if we could get close to any action. As soon as we got there we spotted some crews working on last minute props, so we knew we were close. We followed bright neon green signs that said "Set" and had arrows pointing us in the right direction. The signs led us to the 7th floor parking garage. Here's what we saw:
The crushed gaurd rails are props made out of a very flimsy plastic. The snow is also fake.
Here's a look at the action on the 5th floor of the parking garage. That's Matt Damon preparing for his big scene. We were standing next to the camera above as it shot the action sequences two floors below.
Prop windshield from Damon's Crashed Audi, complete with soft-around-the-edges bullet holes.

This woman was in charge of applying blood to Matt's head. She had a picture of him in blood make-up that she referred to for continuity.

The guy behind Matt is sprinkling glass shards on his shoulder. The guy he's talking to is about to shoot at him.


The Audi was raised up enough for Matt to climb into it, then when they started rolling he threw his bag out, climbed out, grabbed his bag, and started running, all while being shot at. The shooter wasn't in this scene, but they rigged the bottom of the Audi to spark and pop. Here's the money shot: Matt in action.
This was the last scene of the day at Port Authority. After the guy shot extremely loud blanks at Matt, he jumped over the edge and climbed down a chain link fence towards the car wreck. He was secured by a thick black cord that I'm assuming will be digitally removed in post production. The whole thing looked pretty intense. It was covered from all angles. There was a cameraman on the 5th floor laying down on a pad with the camera shooting directly up. There was another camera near the cars filming the shooter. Later, a camera on the 7th floor filmed from over the shooter's shoulder as Matt dodged the bullets.


After the shoot was finished, a really nice crew member came over and gave us these shell casings from the shooter's gun, "Souvenirs from 'The Bourne Ultimatum.'"

3 Comments:

At 3/8/07, 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I love the Bourne movies and cannot wait for the next instalment to come out. Thanks for the great pics and comments.

 
At 3/9/07, 12:51 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Great scoop, thanks for taking the time to post it! One question; could you tell if the cameraman was making ANY attempt to keep the camera steady during the action scenes, or was he shaking it all over the place like a heroin addict who missed his afternoon methadone treatment?

 
At 3/9/07, 6:26 PM, Blogger patrick said...

Thanks for checking it out.

From what I could see, he was keeping the camera pretty steady, so I don't think watching the finished product will trigger any Vietnam flashbacks.

 

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