What’s the best way to recreate Pier 13 from 1940s New York City? Digital sets are one way but also shooting footage in older parts of the United Kingdom is another way.
LOCATION: Pier 13 (Stanley Dock, Regent Rd, Liverpool, UK)
SHOW: Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger does a great job of recreating the look and feel of the 1940’s. Whether in New York, or in Europe, the film feels very authentic. In order to capture the feel of a vintage New York City, the production crew actually travelled to Manchester and Liverpool in the United Kingdom to use locations there to provide the necessary backgrounds for Steve Rogers’ transformation into Captain America.
For shots of Pier 13, where Steve tracks down the Nazi infiltrator that killed Dr. Erskine, the production filmed at the Stanley Docks. The scenes start with Steve on Regent Rd, using the door from a taxi cab to stop the bullets from the killer.
Initially I had thought that most of these scenes were shot on studio lots with green screens, but finding out that real locations were used (with some CGI alterations) is always so much more interesting!
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