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"Inception" Shooting Downtown for Second Weekend

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, at 03:49PM
Downtown Locomotive Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A rubber-wheeled locomotive sits on Spring street awaiting filming on Saturday and Sunday.

The Christopher Nolan-helmed feature "Inception" returns tomorrow for its second weekend filming on Downtown streets. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film is described as a "contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind."

The shoot is a big one, involving street closures, lots of rain and even a train wreck.

The blocks on either side of the intersection of 7th and Spring will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Actual shooting will be limited to daytime hours, and a note distributed by the production company says that they hope to open most of the closure overnight on Saturday before closing it back off for Sunday shooting.

Around the intersection, sprinklers have been mounted high on the buildings to simulate rainfall. Hoses will be fed by water trucks.

The scene description sent out by Film L.A. includes something that Downtown doesn't see every day (emphasis ours)

EXTERIOR SEMI-AUTO ΒΌ LOAD GUNFIRE BEFORE 9:00 A.M. EXTERIOR AUTO, FULL LOAD GUNFIRE AFTER 9:00 A.M. Simulated car crash with train. Breaking glass. Simulated bullet effects on body and things. Atmospheric smoke effects. Weapons brandished. Driving scenes. Equipment on property, sidewalk, curb lane and across the street. Exterior dialogue. Occasional traffic and pedestrian control. Near hits & misses. Stunt driving. Process trailer. Rain effects. Wetting of the street. Camera car. Condor and crane. Generator. Picture vehicles. Scissor lifts.

Sure enough, a diesel locomotive is currently parked on Spring street south of 7th. The engine is a hollowed out shell sitting on a truck body, but up above it looks like the real deal.

Last weekend's shoot was a few blocks west, at Wilshire and Grand. Nolan last directed "The Dark Knight," part of the Batman series.

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