'TDKR' Shooting at Alex's Alma Mater - Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh
What a coincidence - soon as I leave Pittsburgh, Hollywood moves in. They've been shooting a large number of films in/around Pittsburgh for the last few years, thanks to the tax benefits, and I had also heard that The Dark Knight Rises would be shooting portions there as well. However, thanks to a post on ComingSoon, I've learned they'll actually be shooting TDKR scenes at Carnegie Mellon University, my alma mater! The info comes from a post on CMU's blog (a bit spoilerish) talking about the shooting "Magnus Rex", the film's faux title. Oh how I wish I was still there, I would definitely sneak by the set and watch them shooting!
I attended CMU as an undergrad from 2004-2006, but like Mark Zuckerberg before me, left to focus solely on running this very website. The next year, they shot Smart People on the campus, then other films like Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Zack and Miri Make a Porno started shooting in Pittsburgh as well. Looks like I just missed everything! Now Dark Knight Rises (one of my most anticipated movies of all-time) is shooting there and, according to the info from CMU, they'll be shooting outside of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), which will be doubling as a prison, as well as inside and outside the Mellon Institute on Fifth Avenue.
They state that (spoilers regarding action scenes) some of the scenes being shot here involve "an explosion, a prison break, precision stunt driving, gunfire, atmospheric smoke, and controlled pyrotechnic explosions." Additionally, at the Mellon Institute, "one character drives a motorcycle through the fourth floor lobby, out the front doors and down the steps onto Fifth Ave." Sounds awesome already! Shooting will take place in late July and early August, which is timed perfectly right before the fall semester begins and students arrive.
I just thought it was exciting to hear that this movie, TDKR, one that I am insanely excited for, would be shooting at my own alma mater, CMU, which is a great university with some fantastic locations to shoot at. If you're in Pittsburgh, this is your tip to go catch them shooting, but try not to spoil the movie by learning too much. I'm still expecting this to top The Dark Knight, but that will only happen if I wait to see the entire finished film in a darkened (IMAX) theater. However, I would give absolutely anything to be able to watch Christopher Nolan directing a film in person. For more info on the Pittsburgh/CMU shoot, visit CMU.edu.