In Time: Filming Locations - part 3



In Time - Filming Locations
Part 3

Actual filming locations for the 2011 sci-fi film, "In Time".

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0:27:03: We see an establishing shot of the police station, where the cops
  ("Timekeepers") are watching security camera video of Will at the bridge.

That building is actually the Los Angeles Superior Court, in downtown L.A.

The official address is 1945 S. Hill Street, but the side seen in the
screencap above is its west side, which faces Olive Street.

(It's less than a mile south of the Staples Center.)


But the interior wasn't filmed there.

0:27:11: The interior shots of the Timekeepers's headquarters, with its white marble columns,
were shot inside the historic Title Insurance Company building, at 433 S. Spring Street,
(between 4th & 5th Streets), in the Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles.


0:29:51: Will enters an exclusive gambling casino, where he plays poker against
an incredibly rich man named
Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser).

Will takes a huge risk (coming close to "timing out"), and wins a staggering sum.

The rich man formally introduces Will to his daughter, Sylvia.

This casino scene was shot in the very ornate lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre,
at 615 S. Broadway, in the old theatre district in
downtown Los Angeles.

Built in 1931, in the French baroque style of Louis XIV, it was considered one
of the finest movie palaces in the world. Its first year, it hosted the
1931 premiere of Charlie Chaplin's classic "City Lights".

It now sits mostly idle (as do most of the wonderful old theatres on Broadway),
but the interior has been used often as a filming location for movies, including
"Fight Club", "Charlie's Angels" and "First Daughter".


And that casino's equally ornate exterior?

This is simply an establishing shot of the Casino de Montecarlo, in Monaco.


They used CGI to add a few cosmetic flourishes, but as you can see in
the photo of the actual casino below, it looks basically the same:

0:34:57: With even more wealth on his arm (over 1,000 years now), Will buys
an ultra-expensive sports car - which costs him 59 years (plus tax).

That "car dealership" is actually the headquarters of one of the biggest talent
agencies in Hollywood, CAA (the Creative Artists Agency),
at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, in Century City.

CAA represents, among others, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise,
Ashton Kutcher,
Katherine Heigl, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Will Smith.

(Their new building, shaped like a glass arch, is jokingly referred to as the "Death Star".)

The scene was shot just behind (east of) the CAA building (which can be seen in
the screenshot above), between the building and the twin Century Plaza Towers.


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0:35:12: Will takes his new sports car out for a drive, along a winding coastal road.,
heading to the house of
the girl he met at the casino.

I believe this was shot on the S-shaped turn in the 9600 - 9800 stretch of
Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu,  just southeast of Sycamore Cove Beach,
about four or five miles northwest of Leo Carrillo State Beach.
The car is headed east as the camera looks west.


0:35:23: Will pulls into the estate of Sylvia's father, Philippe Weis,
and we get a look at his huge mansion - where there is a party going on.

This exterior is the actual Fleur de Lys mansion, at 350 N. Carolwood Drive,
in Bel Air (only 200 feet west of the Beverly Hills border).

It's across the street from Walt Disney's former home.

It's also one of the most expensive homes in the country.
Not long ago, it was on the market at a price of $125 million.

It features 12 bedrooms, 15 baths, and is modeled after Louis XIV’s Versailles.

(You can see some good photos of it here.)

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents.]


0:37:04: The interior of the mansion, though, is another story.

It's not Fleur de Lys.

The interiors of the Weis mansion were shot at another mansion, Le Palais du Couchant,
 about a mile east of the first house, at 9577 W. Sunset Blvd, in Beverly Hills.

It is listed at "only" $34 million, but is almost as impressive.

It's a recently-built home.  So new, in fact, that most
aerial map photos show it still under construction.

(You can see some great photos of the estate here.)

[Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents.]


Will & Sylvia sneak out of the party to the beach behind the mansion,
where Will sees the ocean for the first time, and they go skinnydipping.

In reality, this beach is nowhere near either mansion.  It's a good 30+ miles to the west.

The scene was shot on Leo Carrillo State Beach, in Malibu.

(Except for the close-up scenes in the water, which were shot in tank at a studio.)

This beach is a favorite location of filmmakers.  You may recognize the rocky coast
from the opening of 'Grease", or from "Inception" or "Letters from Iwo Jima".


0:45:52: Will is busted at the party by the police ("Time Keepers"), and his wealth (time)
is confiscated, leaving him with just two hours.  But he takes Sylvia as a hostage
and makes his escape (in the sports car).

The action then leaves New Greenwich and returns to the ghetto of Dayton.

Here, we see him speeding away, weaving through traffic with the police in hot pursuit.
He manages to evade them when the cop car is hit by a truck.

In real life, we're already back in "Dayton", the east side of downtown L.A.

In the screencap above, we're back on 6th Street bridge (miles away from mansions),
heading west, towards downtown. The cop car gets hit by the truck near the top of
the bridge (where they previously built that first toll booth/time-border).


0:47:16: After they escape, we see that Will & Sylvia are hiding in their car, parked under a bridge.

This is the Olympic Boulevard bridge, spanning the L.A. River.

They are under that bridge's east end,
just west of Rio Vista Ave.
(at approximately 2556 E. Olympic Blvd),
and are
heading south as they exit, in the screencap above.


0:48:21: Will & Sylvia are driving fast, next to a river channel, when their car hits a spike strip,
goes out of control, plunges over the edge, and crashes down onto the riverbed.

The spike strip was a trap set by gangsters (Minutemen), who descend on the accident scene,
assume that Will is dead, and steal the remaining time from Sylvia - leaving her with just 30 minutes.

After all the filming they did in and around the L.A. River in downtown Los Angeles,
you would naturally assume that this scene was also shot there, right?  Wrong.

While it is indeed the L.A. River channel, this scene was shot almost 10 miles
southeast of their other (downtown) river/bridge shots, near the interchange of
105 (Century) Freeway and the 710 (Long Beach) Freeway,
in an area bordered by Paramount, Lynwood, Southgate & Downey


In the screencap above, the car is first heading south on the service road
that runs along the west side of river channel, when they hit the spike-strip.

Then the car sails southeast off the side into the riverbed.

In the screencap above, the camera is looking south down the (mostly dry) L.A. River,
with the Century Freeway forming the arch behind them.

They are just north of the 105 Freeway, under the curving onramp
leading from the westbound 105 to the southbound 710

In the screencap above, the camera is looking southeast, down onto the
L.A. Riverbed, from the service road on the west side of the channel.

(The three blade-like structures are massive supports for the 105-W to 710-S offramp.)


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