A look into Watchmen’s NYC backdrop


I’m just blown away by the attention to detail that director Zack Snyder has put into the set for his alternate Cold War-esque New York City. Snyder posted some photos and info on the Watchmen’s official site and it just boggles the mind, but also gives geeks a real understanding of why Snyder got the job of developing a seemingly undevelopable project.

It looks like NYC circa 1985 doesn’t it?

Snyder says of the Vancouver, B.C. constructed set, “In addition, the backlot needs to function as many different parts of the city, countless store fronts, street corners, alleys, etc. So, with that in mind, we set out to build own own custom backlot here in Vancouver, BC. In my opinion, the results speak for themselves.”

So what exactly does that set include?? Well, here’s a rundown for ya:

? 5,800 feet of neon requiring 24,000 watts of power
? 100 unique and custom-designed graphics created for the various storefronts
? 5,000 square feet of custom posters
? Street had to work for 1938, 1945, 1953, 1957, 1964, 1974, 1975, 1977, and 1985
? 1,040 feet of 1:1 scale New York streets
? 98,400 square feet of exterior scenery
? 12,500 square feet of interior scenery
? Building heights range from 23’9″ to 42’6″
? 10,325 16-foot 2x4s
? 3,600 sheets of OSB (plywood-like construction material)
? 384,000 square feet of foam brick
? 200,000 nails
? 3,500 tubes of construction adhesive
? 160,000 lbs. of steel I-beams support the facades
? 300 cubic meters of concrete
? 6,000 square feet of glass
? 4,800 square feet of plexiglass
? 20,000 donuts were consumed by the construction crew
? 20,000 gallons of water and 3,000 gallons of Gatorade was drunk by the crew

Via: Slashfilm.? See all the rest of the photos after the jump.?





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