How cool does this sound.
The morning's shooting was low-key, with Pitt spending much of it being filmed sitting in a silver Volvo car on Cochrane Street - which has been transformed to look like downtown Philadelphia and packed with American cars and vans - before retreating to his white trailer on John Street for much of the afternoon.
This caused a crowd to gather at the top of street, as onlookers armed with cameras hoped to catch him as he emerged for another scene. Instead they had to settle for the actor's body double walking back and forth from the set.
By early afternoon, the production stepped up a gear and the spectators were given a real taste of Hollywood action excitement.
A shout of "action" prompted two US motorcycle police officers to come tearing up the busy street, sirens screaming, towards George Square, forcing the on-set traffic to swerve out of the way.
From behind them a loud explosion detonated out of sight, causing the dozens of extras walking along the street to turn and stampede from the blast.
The explosion scene was the repeatedly played out, sometimes without the police officers, sometimes with only a small section of the crowd, but the spectators lapped up the action, with one woman enthusiastically commenting to her friends: "This is mental!"
The film is based on Max Brooks' 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, part of which is set in Philadelphia in the aftermath of a zombie holocaust. It is due to be released next year.
Even when shooting stopped, people remained in the square, wandering around and examining its new appearance - hot dog and pretzel stalls, the rebranding of the City Chambers as the five star "Liberty Grand Luxury Hotel" and the clusters of road signs, fire hydrants and newspaper vending machines waiting to be put in place.
I was down the set today and took some more photos.
Edited by filmcell, 19 August 2011 - 01:09 PM.