Actual filming locations for the 2011 sci-fi film, "In Time".
This location, I must admit, had me stumped for a while.
At first glance, I assumed it had to be somewhere out in the desert. There's no where inside L.A.
But then, I noticed (in another shot) that they had faked the cityscape in the background, mixing in
It was then that I realized that the horizon was CGI-inserted, and couldn't be trusted.
It was then that I did something that I rarely do:
I was in for a surprise. (And if you're not intimately familiar with the history of L.A., you will be too.)
It turns out that there is a "ghost town" of sorts, right here in L.A.: an empty residential neighborhood
The residential neighborhood was named Surfridge. It was developed in the 1920's,
Surfridge lasted until the 1960's, when its homes were abruptly razed to the ground.
Here is a video that will give you a glimpse of the eerie neighborhood:
Why was it destroyed?
Because the nearby Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which had been a small airport
The government bought up all the land (via eminent domain), ejected those who didn't want
Since Surfridge was built on what used to be sand dunes near the beach, the area is
It is surrounded by high chain-link fences topped with barbed wire, and no trespassing allowed.
(The extra security was added after 9/11, because the authorities worried that the area would be
[ Warning: Do NOT trespass on this property, or there's a very good chance that you will be arrested. ]
The final confrontation scenes of "In Time" were filmed on the empty streets of that Surfridge ghost town,
Once I knew that, I began pinpointing the exact spots within that area where each scene was shot.
That wasn't easy, either, but today's aerial photos of the area are so accurate, that I was able
But in order to give names to those locations, I needed an old map, since the names of the streets are
So, on to the key questions about the precise filming locations within Surfridge:
1. Where does the Timekeeper park his car?
(In the scene, he arrives in his car, is halted by a road block at Time Zone Border 12,
Answer: The Timekeeper's car is parked at the intersection of (what used to be called)
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.940586, -118.436319 ]
He comes in driving north on Trask Ave, and stops when he reaches the
(On today's maps, that's just west of where World Way West loops over Pershing Drive.)
In the screencap above (at 1:37:51), the camera is looking south, up Trask Avenue.
2. Where is that unusual tower seen behind Will & Sylvia as they run?
(In the screencap below (at 1:37:34), we can glimpse a horizontal scaffolding of sorts, in the background.)
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.943752, -118.437169 ]
In the screencap above, Will & Sylvia are running south on Trask Avenue,
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.943609, -118.437821 ]
2. Where are Will & Sylvia running in this shot?
Answer: This was shot with the duo running east/southeast up (the former) Avalonia Street,
Ignore the long chain of mountains on the horizon. They were added via CGI.
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.943644, -118.438219 ]
2. Where are Will, Sylvia & the Timekeeper standing during the final confrontation?
Answer: In this shot, they are standing at the intersection of Trask Avenue & Avalonia Street.
(That's just 200 feet west of the scaffolding/tower we saw before.)
The couple had been running east down Avalonia, and the Timekeeper had been running
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.943592,-118.43793 ]
In the screencap above (at 1:38:05 ), the Timekeeper is pointing his gun northwest,
(In the top right corner, you can see the part of Trask where the Timekeeper parked his car.)
Those small buildings you see in the background, to the left of the Timekeeper's head,
In the screencap below (at 1:38:13), the camera is looking west/northwest up Avalonia Street.
How did I pinpoint the exact spot?
And that patch of broken pavement in front of Will's?
And the way the pavement changes shades of gray to form a semi-circle around the manhole?
And that leaning telephone pole just to the left of the manhole cover?
And that diagonal strip of pavement in front of them?
Well, here they all are - courtesy of Google's aerial map photos.
And here's a matching screencap (at 1:39:16) showing it all together from above:
3. Where are Will & Sylvia running when they race back to the Timekeeper's car?
Answer: Fortunately, their route follows the logic of the previous scenes.
They race south down Trask Avenue (the same street the Timekeeper ran north up),
In the screencap above (1:40:00), the camera is looking north up Trask Ave, as they run south.
In the screencap below (1:40:13), the camera is looking south down Trask Ave, at the Timekeeper's car.
4. So, when Will races back to Sylvia (after reaching the car), where do they meet?
Answer: As Will runs back north up Trask Avenue, and Sylvia runs south to him on the same road,
In the screencap above (1:40:36), the camera is looking south down Trask Avenue.
(This was an easy one to figure out, since the pavement on Trask changes color dramatically, from
In the screencap below (1:40:39), the camera is looking west down Deauville Street, from Trask Ave.
[ Approximate GPS location: 33.941238,-118.436584 ]
(Ignore those fake mountains - there should really be an ocean on the horizon.)
1:42:48: As the movie comes to an end, we see Will & Sylvia climbing up the steps
This is actually Los Angeles City Hall, at 200 N. Spring Street, in downtown L.A.
In these screencaps, the camera is looking east, from Spring Street.
But when the camera pulls back, you may notice something is wrong with City Hall.
They computer-manipulated the image, creating three sets of arching
They also replaced City Hall's well-known center tower by multiplying the windows
They also removed the palm trees that frame both sides of the building,
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