Friday, 2 September 2011

When a small part of Glasgow became a small part of Philidelphia for part of Brad Pitt's "World War Z" movie

Apologies for delay in posting World War Z film location pics but unfortunately I have been laid low with a(n?) horrendous episode of Sciatica - some of the worst pain I have EVER experienced in my life - and so plans for anything much have gone a bit awry (including my 2-day craft event that I have been working very hard for in Merchant Square today - I am very, very disappointed!!.)   I won't go into too many details but suffice it to say that I have been ingesting so many injections/tablets - prescribed by both emergency and local doctors - that I feel like I could have been cast as one of the zombies for this World War Z movie!!   I believe Brad Pitt and his entourage have now packed up and left town so no pics of the final stages of filming in Glasgow but you might like to see some of those that I took whilst events were ongoing and before my bout of illness.
Here goes: 

The transporters begin to arrive carrying  the yellow cabs and other vehicles seldom seen on our streets.   This is Cochrane Street and normally a very quiet part of town.  What views the owners of the apartments behind must have had during filming!

When our traffic lights were changed 

and our streets renamed or renumbered.  Here, Miller Street became 16th Street

South Federick Street (Old Post Office bldg) became 15th Street

Then Cochrane Street became J F K Boulevard, whilst George Street became Broad Street

 The old Ernst and Young building became the US Court House

Many people wishing to have their photographs taken with the SWAT van

Amongst others, the ex Leader of our Liberal Democratic Party (Charles Kennedy) taking a healthy interest in all the goings on. He too agrees that this was a great thing to be happening in Glasgow.

What a beast of a vehicle!  Until next time!  More drugs then bed for me......!  

Doesn't George Square look great?!


  1. Hello Isobel:
    Such fun when the film crews roll into town we think and so interesting to see the cosmetic changes which alter the familiar into a foreign land.

    This happens all the time in Budapest which is forever being turned into a Paris of yesteryear. We assume that the 'real deal' must be too expensive and so fake signage regularly transforms the Budapest streets and underground, but the peeling stucco is authentic!!

    We are so sorry to hear about your bout of Sciatica. Such a debilitating pain and so time consuming to heal. Our thoughts are with you and trust that improvements will be soon evident. Take great care!!

    P.S. We have already sent some of your cards to friends and family and they LOVE them!!

  2. very very cool photos!!! I have never been there or even though of going there! and gosh, i hope you are feeling better and back to normal soon!

  3. great when something so exciting is happening around... my wishes for a quick recovery . i `ll be visiting : )

  4. Hello! I found your blog at Demie's. I love Scotland, and I think I already love your blog. Demie, I hope you don't care I am following your steps. I was in Scotland some weeks ago, Aberdeen and Elgin

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  6. Wow - this was a fascinating glimpse into the background machinations and trickery involved in making a big movie. Quite surreal to see a city subtly being transformed into something else. You have a really unique (and very confusing!) set of photos here that should be something like collector's items.
    I wish you a quick recovery - I've had only mild sciatica before and it was bad enough - best of luck!

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  8. ha!! that is so random and fun...must have been so fun to walk around there!

  9. Fantastic photo on your header! Just dropping by to wish you a very happy Christmas, and hope to see you back soon!