I was rambling past the Stone Street Studios in Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand today and it got me wondering when Peter Jackson was going to actually start "The Dam Busters". I know a heck of a lot of back-room activity has gone on with it already. I think the actual filming was due to start some time back but then, because of Hollywood machinations, Jackson had to step in to direct "The Hobbit".
I was talking to a Weta Cave guy a few years' back and he said that Peter Jackson was waiting for the dam busters book to be re-edited . Apparently, with the lift of a declaration of secrecy time limit rule, there is now new information that can be incorporated into the book, followed by the movie.
Of course, all the Avatar stuff is being done, too. And I see that director James Cameron has bought more land in the Wairarapa. He and his family are staying there indefinitely.
Here's the Stone Street Studio. You can see the green screen. I took the photo today, looking into the sun. Sorry it looks hazy.
I was also intrigued by the parking notices in Stone Street that are on the studio wall -
One notice says 'public parking at all times' with one half of the arrow going to the right.
The next notice - just about 15 parking spaces away as the tourist trudges in a straight line - has an arrow going to the left and says 'private parking only'. So, who's actually allowed to park in those spaces between the arrows? Private studio people? The public? A mix of both? Obviously Orcs can park anywhere.
It's me who's first-time effort it was with the red blobbing out in the pic above. I'm sure the studio would have done it more elegantly.
PS: J and I got in our second swim for July today at Hataitai Beach.