New York's theater
district, featuring the added dazzling highlight
of the Majestic Theater marquee, plus period buildings,
city lights and signs, and the unusual angle on
the Chrysler Building.
An aerial view of Paris — a completely
computer-generated environment. This Paris flyover
required a dramatic virtual camera move and had
to be built using detailed wireframe constructions,
seen here on rollover.
In New Orleans, the train station
is getting a makeover, starting with the removal
of the backwards moving clock, which is about
to be replaced by a (computer-generated image)
of a digital clock.
For the modern train station we
added the walls, placed the flag overhead, and
included the "Citizen Soldier" 9/11-era
recruitment posters, which recall the WWI military
recruitment posters that dressed the train station
at the beginning of the film.
When Hurricane Katrina hits New
Orleans and the levees break, the city is swamped.
The flood rushes into the train station's basement,
where the backwards ticking clock has been stowed.
In addition to the old clock face, we added the
grit and grime of the years, including stains
from the splashing flood waters. Fincher made
a final request: show the backwards second hand
moving, one last time.