THOR: THE DARK WORLD To Shoot Scenes At London's Butlers Wharf And in Greenwich
It seems Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is set out to "showcase London in a major way," sending two individual letters to residents & businesses near London's Greenwich & Tower Bridge.
Seemingly finished with shooting at Bourne Wood, the production of Marvel's anticipated sequel, Thor: The Dark World will soon be showcasing London in a major way, according to filming notices recently distributed. While sequences at both locations will involve aerial shots, among other things, London's Butlers Wharf is on Marvel's radar before Greenwich district. The 1st letter is courtesy of Edvvc, and the 2nd via one of our readers.
I am writing to you to inform you of our plans to film a scene for the forthcoming feature film entitled "Thursday Mourning" at Butlers Wharf on Monday 8th October from 0700 untill 1300.
The scene to be filmed at Butlers Wharf will ultimately form part of a visual effects sequence running through streets of London. We plan to film using specially adapted 2 meter long model helicopter, know as a Heli-Cam, which has a sophisticated camera mounted on the front. The Heli-Cam will start its Journey over the water, in the middle of the dock alongside New Concordia Whard. It will then fly under the footbridge and then turn left towards Tower Bridge, flying close to the handrail opposite Browns restaurant. We may also film a similar scene on the pavement outside the Cantina restaurant.
"Thursday Mourning" is the working title of a major feature film and we are currently working with many iconic locations across central London. One of our key locations in the film is the Old Naval College at Greenwich and we have various scenes to film that involve the Thames at high tide, camera boats, and aerial filming from a helicopter. To achieve this, we have to film before the clocks change, and the tides are right, and this has fallen on Sunday 21st October
We are currently liaising with all the official bodies regarding permissions. To achieve the aerial shots from the Helicopter, we plan so fly from the North Shore (Over Island Gardens), directly south to the South Shore of the Thames, starting at 500ft descending to 100 ft. (Almost exactly where the Cable wire camera was positioned for the Olympic coverage). We are currently discussing our plans with the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and a notice to mariners will be issued in due course.
We need to achieve this when the river is quiet from commercial vessels and the tides are right, which means we are proposing to shoot with the helicopter between the hours of 0700 and 1100.
The Helicopter will be in the air for 10-minute intervals through out the morning. As we film, we will need to hold river traffic with PLA river launches, and location security will assist with asking pedestrians and cyclists to wait momentarily on the Thames Path for short periods as the helicopter flies overhead. When the Helicopter is not required it will travel East and land back at a predetermined landing pad.
From left to right: Old Naval College at Greenwich, Butlers Wharf, London
Exploring Thor's relationship with the Asgardian all-father Odin, as well earthbound companion Jane Foster, “Thor: The Dark World” follows the God of Thunder to The Nine Realms beyond Asgard and earth. And as his evil half-brother, Loki, returns for Asgardian justice, a new threat rises. Also rejoining Thor are his fellow Asgardians, Lady Sif, gatekeeper Heimdall and Warriors Three, as they encounter mythical Norse creatures among evildoers.
“Thor: The Dark World” stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rene Russo, with Alice Krige & Kat Dennings. And Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) takes over directorial duties from Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first “Thor” film. From a screenplay by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, “Thor: The Dark World” is set for release on November 8, 2013.
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