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Matrix Reloaded Filming Wants to Shut Sydney Down

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the well-for-a-couple-days-anyway dept.

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ro_len writes " is reporting the producers of the Matrix Realoaded are looking to shut down Sydney for the filming of the final scene which involves flying a helicopter across the city at less than 600 feet above ground. It is supposed to be the most complicated sequence ever filmed." Just plain nuts. Here is a previous story about the trailer, and another one announcing the film.

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FP Baby (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678767)

Frist prost!

I Claim This FP For The CLIT (-1)

TrollBridge (550878) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678776)

It's Troll Tuesday, for crying out loud! AC's are forbidden from claiming FP's on Troll Tuesday!

YOU ARE A SAD SAD IDIOT!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678903)


C L A I M E D! (-1)

DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678781)

This "FP" has been claimed by the CLIT.


Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678928)


L A M E D (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678934)

This CLIT has been exposed as too slow. Nice try, sports. All of you.

Re:FP Baby (-1)

Tasty Beef Jerky (543576) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678839)


You have a job to do in defending your home, your home town, your country against an A-bomb attack, when and if it comes. Whether it be a full-time paid job, a volunteer job or just the things you must know how to do on your own, is not important. What is important is in knowing what to do and, then, doing it.

Strangely enough, for every citizen to know what to do is in itself a form of civil defense. It is the helpless, the people who do not feel needed who are the causes of panic. And panic is one of the big dangers in an A-bomb attack or in any kind of a disaster.

What is your job?

That depends on the kind of person you are, where you work, what you like to do ordinarily.

First, there are the special agencies found in every city and town. These, and the people who work for them will be of vital importance in any A-bomb attack.

If you work for the telephone company, for the electric company, for a street car or bus line, for the water system, the gas company, a radio station, the railroad, the city government, or even the zoo, you will probably have an important job to do.

If and when an A-bomb falls on your city, the water pressure must be kept up; the fire equipment must be mobilized, communication must be maintained -- there are a myriad of important functions which must be kept going.

Right now, in many American cities, the public utilities have completed plans for what they will do in case of an A-bomb attack. Water companies know what valves to turn so precious water will not drain away through broken and twisted pipes. You, if you work for the water company, might already be assigned a valve to turn if the bomb should happen to fall in a particular area.

In all the public utilities there will be specific jobs to do to keep things running where possible, to provide substitutes where that isn't possible.

Telephones, where the lines stay intact, will be vital for communication between important offices in the target city and to other cities which can provide relief and places where refugees can stay. If you work for the telephone company, yours will be an important job when and if an A-bomb comes.

But radio engineers -- hams and professionals -- will probably be the persons upon whom your home town must rely to keep communications open to the rest of the world. Emergency wave-lengths are being set aside for communications in case of disruption of regular channels. Radio hams will be vital links in the emergency radio networks.

You will notice that the transmitters of your home town radio stations are not usually where the downtown offices are, they are on the outskirts of town. Most of them have their own stand-by power units, to be used if the regular sources of supply are put out of commission. This is a most fortunate thing, and the men who work there will be essential cogs in our defense effort if and when an attack comes.

Keeping the gas and electricity going, or shutting it off where necessary will be important too. If you work for the gas or light company, you will have a big responsibility to your home town. The enemy will be wanting to kill people only as a secondary matter. What he is really after is to knock out your home town as a going concern -- if he knocks out the sources of power he will be doing a good job.


This is what civil defense is aimed at -- keeping your home town a going concern -- keeping it providing the regular needs of the people who live there -- keeping it providing the tools of war and the necessities of life which it is expected to produce.

Therefore, not only in the water, gas and electricity plants, but also in the factories, in the offices, in the government bureaus in your home town, there will be civil defense organizations. It's this simple -- keep things running so far as you can.

This means that you -- where you work -- will be assigned to some job to do in case of an A-bomb attack. You may be assigned to go up to the roof immediately after some kinds of attacks, armed with bucket of sand and shovel or with a chemical fire extinguisher to see that a fire does not get started and put your building out of commission. You may be assigned to the first aid station to take care of people cut with flying glass or knocked in the head by falling masonry. But in all the tasks for which you will be trained, the objective is the same -- keep the country running, fade with the knockout punch the enemy was expecting to deliver to us.


Outside of your jobs, your places of work, there will be, of course, many tasks to perform. Volunteer jobs in civil defense may be expected to be broken down in much the same manner they are broken down by the British. They are, after all, old hands at the game.

You will probably find many jobs to do, many jobs for which to be trained, in your local civil defense headquarters. Communications must be kept open so civil defense workers may be deployed to the areas of greatest need, so supplies medical and food, may be sent where they will do the most good. This means volunteer work on switchboards, with raido transmitters, as couriers in cars, on motorcycles and on foot.

Where communications are down, or are scanty, there will be need for special reconnaissance work, for people who will go out to find out the extent of the damage from any attack, to determine its boundaries, its seriousness and to make estimates of what is needed from that information.

No new agency can be set up, whether voluntary or permanent, city, state or federal without its "bureaucracy," its administrative workers. Typists, teletypewriters, file clerks, secretaries -- and supervisors for those people -- they will be needed, both as part time volunteers and as full time workers.

The public must be kept informed and there are two phases to this job. The first phase is the preparatory one -- telling the public what they can do, what they can expect, giving people the maximum amount of information before an attack occurs. This is the way democracy works. In the second phase, put into operation only if and when an A-bomb falls, public information will be the vital and specific job of directing the public so they do the things which will save their lives and keep them out of the way of life-saving efforts on the part of others.

Volunteers will have to know how to identify the different kinds of radioactivity and their extent. They will be attached to civil defense headquarters so the public, the rescue workers and the firemen will not have to risk their lives needlessly. Here we are ahead of Great Britain -- this is natural because we have the A-bomb and thousands of our people have already worked with radioactive materials in Oak Ridge, Hanford and other places, including almost every university.

Thousands are already trained in the use of detection instruments, and they are trained to teach others. This is a job you might well be doing for your local civil defense office.


We will have air raid wardens again -- but if you are a warden your job will be more complex. The wardens will, once more, be responsible for the organization of people in blocks, in apartment houses in neighborhoods. The wardens will be responsible for knowing how many people are in his area, where they are -- so that an estimate can be made, in the event of an A-bomb attack, of who are safe in shelters, who are away from the area, and who remain to be rescued from the rubble.

The wardens will see to it that the air raid warnings have been heard and have been heeded, that everybody will know where to go when a warning is sounded, or, if they have specific jobs, will know what to do.

The British have a polite word for one of the most important of a warden's jobs -- "incident control." The warden will be the man in charge if any "incident" occurs in connection with an A-bomb attack. He will be trained in what to do, whether to call on outside help, whether to enlist volunteers from the neighborhood, or whether to ignore the whole thing.

An "incident" can be the falling of rubble across the entrance to a family air raid shelter, or it can be the panicking of the residents of a large apartment house. It will be up to the warden to know how to handle any kind of an incident.

The warden will be concerned, too, with the movement of refugees -- a horrible word for Americans to get used to. But, if and when an A-bomb comes near your home, there are two alternatives -- either people in your area will need to move on to find shelter, or people who have lost their homes will be moving in with you. These people are refugees.

The warden will have to know, if an A-bomb has destroyed parts of his area, how many refugees will be leaving. And he will have to know, if his area is not destroyed, how many refugees it can take.


Rescue workers might well be called the skilled workers of civil defense. It is not a matter of just clawing away at falling rubble until you get to a trapped person. Rescue work calls for high discipline and technique. It is obvious, for instance, that clumsy clawing away at rubble might bring more rubble down upon the rescue worker and further block the avenues of escape for the trapped victims.

If and when an A-bomb comes, thousands of trained and skilled rescue workers will be needed. You will have the opportunity to train for this difficult but rewarding assignment.

The government is hoping that at least 20,000,000 of us will take first aid courses. Except for the minority of casualties who will have radiation sickness, the larger number will be injured in familiar ways -- burned, hit by falling masonry, in shock. Elementary treatment of these everyone should know.

Rescue workers particularly will have to know first aid and stretcher bearing. Another job for you in which first aid will be particularly important is driving an ambulance.

The British have the appropriate word for everything. One section of their civil defense corps organization is called "pioneers." In a sense on which the British probably never figured, the word is apt.

Pioneer workers will be the first to clear the way for the new beginning of living after an A-bomb attack. Whatever we call them, they will be one of the most important parts of our American volunteer civil defense effort.

Pioneers will clear away the debris and rubble left by an attack; they will plant the explosives which destroy unsafe buildings. They will be in charge of the early decontamination of roads and highways so people may move about without fear. Decontamination of vehicles and clothing will be in their hands. They will see to it that uninjured persons who may have come in contact with radioactive materials thoroughly scrub themselves -- one of the most effective first steps in decontamination.

They will go into blasted buildings to salvage what can still be used. Pioneers will make emergency repairs to houses and to fallen wires and broken gas and water mains. They will clear roads so refugees can be evacuated and the injured moved quickly to places of treatment.


By size, the greatest human problem after an A-bomb attack will not be the injured, but the homeless. Your talents may be useful in one of the many tasks to be done in helping them.

You may be needed to escort the homeless men, women and children to places of safety, to places where they can lie down for rest. You may be able to give them advice about what to do -- where to get supplies of clothing, where to get food, where to contact relatives, where to find a temporary home.

There will be rest centers for refugees -- you may be needed to plan meals, to cook them, to oversee the sleeping quarters, to run the linen laundry, to register your guests.

Large public air raid shelters become, during alerts, communities with unique problems. You may be the right person to supervise an air raid shelter; to prevent, tactfully, quarrels about occupancy of the same space; to see to it that the shelter is kept clean; to make sure that the young and the old and the sick get the special attention they need. If you are that person, it is likely that you will be elected by the fellow residents of your "community" air raid shelter.

Do you cook for a large family? Then you may be the volunteer answer to the question of where the other volunteer workers will get something to eat or a hot cup of coffee. There will be mobile kitchens to man for the purpose.

Along with the citizens who should learn first aid, there will be a great need of voluntary corps of hospital workers. Perhaps you were a nurse's aide, or a Red Cross grey lady during the last war. They will need you again and many more like you. In addition to training for work in the hospitals, persons will have to be trained to man emergency treatment centers, to take the place of, and supplement, hospitals which might be overcrowded or destroyed in an attack.


An A-bomb sets fires immediately. The terrific heat blast instantaneously scorches everything within range that is inflammable. Then these fires begin to spread and other little fires, coming from gas tanks, stove burners left on in damaged houses, and from many other causes, start up.

Your fire department will need volunteers, many of them, trained to help them keep this danger under control.

The police, too, will need an auxiliary force. There will be a need to direct and control traffic, to maintain order, perhaps beyond the ability of the regular force to handle it. The precinct house communications will need extra manning.

Then there will be jobs connected with what the military call the "positive defenses" of your town. These are the measures of the army and air force to make it extremely hard for an enemy plane to get through and to drop an A-bomb.


Whether or not you can volunteer for any of these duties, your first responsibility will be your own home and those in it. A man's home is his castle, and it is his responsibility to make it as impregnable to attack as he can.

You may consider building a small shelter, if you are a home owner. It is estimated that many lives would have been saved at Hiroshima if the Japanese had taken to their very flimsy shelters when our B-29 was first reported overhead.

You should see that the proper first aid equipment is on hand. Your children should be taught where to go when the air raid warning is sounded. You see that everyone in your home understands instructions and follows orders in case of attack.

You have a final responsibility. If you take part in one of these many voluntary civil defense activities that final responsibility will be easy. It is to realize that there are many things that can be done to mitigate the effects of an A-bomb attack on your city -- and to do your share of them efficiently.

If we all do that, we will do a great deal to keep down the effects of an A-bomb attack and to maintain the operation of our cities and our factories.

Shutdown ! (5, Funny)

ZaneMcAuley (266747) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678777)

What if it doesn't reboot? :O

It's amazing they get anything done (-1)

DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678805)

With all those drunk aussies around humping anything that moves.


Subject Line Troll (581198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678918)


Citizenry react (0, Funny)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678779)

Sydney dude #1: What the..?
Sydney dude #2: Ack! The Matrix has us!

Why? (2, Funny)

Throatwarbler Mangro (584565) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678780)

Why bother emptying out the city? Surely if there's a horrible accident, they can simply reload Sydney from the backups...

What? You mean we're not in the Matrix? And that red pill I took was only Nyquil?

Re:Why? (3, Funny)

blankmange (571591) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678836)

The red ones are DayQuil, but I suppose you could mix them with the green ones.....

at least it won't be CGI. (2, Insightful)

vidalsasoon (555891) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678782)

A cartoon draw-over would be original. Those matrix style movements are overused.

What is the Matrix? (1)

dirvish (574948) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678783)

No wonder its taking them so long to get this movie out. How many years has it been since the first movie? And this one isn't out until next year.

Most complicated stunt ever? (2, Insightful)

tfreport (458641) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678785)

Who decided that? The movie company that is making it?

Sounds a lot like some PR mumbo jumbo to me.

Re:Most complicated stunt ever? (1)

Caball (58351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678808)

A stunt is not the same as a film sequence. "Most complicated film sequence"

Re:Most complicated stunt ever? (1, Troll)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678861)

Yeah, sure it is. But only because of the hassle involved in shutting down a city.

I am frankly prepared to be unimpressed with the sequels.

Re:Most complicated stunt ever? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678897)

I am frankly prepared to be unimpressed with the sequels.

But what did you really think of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones

Re:Most complicated stunt ever? (-1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678902)

Sydney's used to shutting down the whole city.

Movie shot, power outage, it's all the same.

This vsCGI (2, Insightful)

viking099 (70446) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678789)

I always thought this was the kind of stuff that CG effects were supposed to replace.
Personally, I like it, as I (and I'm sure many of not most people) can tell the difference between CG and real stuff.
Plus, the adrenaline factor should be fairly high, because you KNOW that it was done in the "real world" (tm), and not on come computer screen somewhere.
I can't wait to see it!

Re:This vsCGI (4, Insightful)

paradesign (561561) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678847)

this is the stuff that cgi cannot replace, the realism just wouldnt be there, now the fight scene at the subwaystation, thats what cgi is for.

Re:This vsCGI (3, Insightful)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678919)

No this is the kind of stuff that MODEL MAKERS were supposed to replace. But then again they're a nearly extict breed these days due to over reliance on CG.

I remember alot of great scenes that were done with model work. Including cockpit perspective fly-thrus.

Film Industry is Nuts!!! (5, Insightful)

Coplan (13643) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678792)

Abeit, I like a good action flick as good as the next guy. But shutting down a whole city? A pretty major one at that! If it were for scientific experimentation, then I could maybe be persuaded to support the concept. But for the sake of entertainment?

How much money in the form of opportunity cost do you think the city might lose?

Re:Film Industry is Nuts!!! (1)

dalassa (204012) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678820)

Movie that is most likely mediocre eye candy vs. a major city, giant lost piles of cash and annoyed people.
Hmmm, I don't see how any studio could even afford to pay for a shutdown city.

Re:Film Industry is Nuts!!! (2)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678910)

Hrmm...they might be able to work something out if they can find a typically very slow day during a very slow time.

A smaller-scale shutdown of several New York city blocks was done on an early Sunday morning for The Devil's Advocate.

Still, dunno how easy it would be for an entire city on any day of the week -- even during a holiday.

Re:Film Industry is Nuts!!! (2, Funny)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678923)

Abeit, I like a good action flick as good as the next guy. But shutting down a whole city?

I couldn't agree more- I mean where does it end? What if MIB2 decideds they want to fly a mothership 600' over the planet?

Seems a bit OTT (5, Insightful)

sheriff_p (138609) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678793)

Surely computer graphics these days are advanced enough to eradicate the need for real filming? Maybe this is all just a giant publicity stunt?

can't wait for the matrix reloaded ... (-1, Flamebait)

jms258 (569015) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678795)

let them burn sydney down if they want ... the entire world shall be the cost of my entertainment. america: if we don't live there, fuck it.

They did this in times square for vanilla sky. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678798)

If they can clear NYC Times Square they can clear anything.

Realize the truth (5, Funny)

Out4Blood (247541) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678799)

There is no helicopter

Hmm.. (5, Funny)

Diabolical (2110) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678802)

From the bottem of the article

Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Sorry to have missed it...


DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678824)

Troll! Troll! Troll! Troll

FX (2, Interesting)

xonos (218227) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678804)

isn't that what special effects, green screens and CGIs are for? i would be so pissed if the closed down philladelphia for two days, so some hollywood producer can make some money.

Really, sounds like a great plan to me... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678858)

"i would be so pissed if the closed down philladelphia for two days"

But most of the rest of the world would be happier, so on the balance, it would be a good thing.

Philadelphia (-1, Troll)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678881)

This is an honest question. What's the deal with the smell? Philadelphia smells like shit. Is it the cheesesteaks?

Philly is the only city I've been to that I couldn't imagine spending more than a week in. I was there for a couple days on a tour and was so glad to finally leave.

There is this rancid smell that emanates from everything in that city. What is it?

Baltimore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678921)

I heard they wanted to blow up Baltimore for the filming of The Sum of All Fears.

Re:Baltimore? (1)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678938)

Wouldn't that be Some of All the Fere's?

This is Baltimore we're talking about.

Glitch (0, Redundant)

KingKire64 (321470) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678806)

From the Article Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Is this a glitch in the matrix? They have already released the 3rd movie?!

Re:Glitch (1)

Mr.Phil (128836) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678817)

hurm... you beat me to commenting on that. Guess that's one more person that actually reads the article in question before posting.

Obviously it was a type folks (1)

Out4Blood (247541) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678849)

Let's get back to reality. What they really meant to say was that it'd be released in 2009.

Matrix Reloaded (1)

puto (533470) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678807)

Ok, I am a fan of CGI,computers, cyberspave, hell it is what I do and a great love of my life. But shut down a city for Keaanu Reeves. Come all this from the guy that did Pointbreak. And a 50 other bad flicks.

Does Hollywood think he is the representative UBERGEEK of our generation? Come on they picked the guy from Bill and Ted to represent us?

If they are potraying us give me Tim Roth or Malcovich for the brains part. Hell I would settle for Pitt. But not Reeves....

But then again it could have been Wil Wheaton.

Re:Matrix Reloaded (1)

Out4Blood (247541) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678823)

I'd rather be Tom Cruise - he gets all the chicks. Of course, with my luck I might be Billy Bob Thornton - it looks like he's getting a chick, but she's still sleeping with her brother.

You Criminal (-1)

DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678848)

You should be shot and hung for your support of the scientologist, that is blatantly UN-American!

We Shall Never Forget!

Re:Matrix Reloaded (0, Offtopic)

antek9 (305362) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678880)

You stupid f*$#, BBT has been married to Angelina Jolie for some years now. No need for additional chicks, methinks.

Re:Matrix Reloaded (2)

Gaijin42 (317411) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678914)

Actually, you are the stupid f*$#. He was talking about Angelina Jolie. There were rumors flying around a year or two ago that she might have a... less than appropriate relationship with her brother, after she kissed him (not a peck) at an awards show, and based on some stuff she said at an interview.

Re:Matrix Reloaded (5, Insightful)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678913)

"I'd rather be Tom Cruise - he gets all the chicks."

Be careful what you wish for. Tom Cruise is stupid enough to fall for Scientology [] .

Re:Matrix Reloaded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678887)

If only more geeks looked like Carrie-Ann...

Stupid if you ask me. (2)

hrieke (126185) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678810)

With the CGI ability that we have, they should just create the whole thing in a computer and film the action on a blue screen stage.
Much safer, and you can do some impossible camera angles too.

Re:Stupid if you ask me. (3, Insightful)

Hollinger (16202) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678845)

Part of what makes CG look so, well, CG, is those unrealistic camera angles. There are some things that just don't work when you're point of view isn't governed by the laws of physics.

Re:Stupid if you ask me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678953)

There are some things that just don't work when you're point of view isn't governed by the laws of physics.

Errm ... think of the theme of the movie.

Re:Stupid if you ask me. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678859)

CGI still doesn't pull off a truely realistic feel.

It seems like the _look_ of CGI can approach real life but the physics gives everything away. I have never, ever, seen any CGI effects that have 100% convincing physics.

Of course one could argue that maybe I've seen something that was CGI but thought it was real.

Re:Stupid if you ask me. (2)

Coplan (13643) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678885)

You bring up a good point. I wonder why they're not taking advantage of this technology. After all, wasn't the original taking advantage of some really cutting edge tech?

As someone pointed out above, it's probably a lot of hype. Kinda like when "Fargo" came out -- supposidly it was based on a true story...and we found out AFTER they got their award that it was all hype.

Renting the city? (2, Interesting)

chobee (555901) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678813)

How about making the film makers pay all the taxes for those two weekends? Since citizens won't have full use of the city why should they pay taxes?

But I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678955)

Sydney doesn't have income taxes. I could be mistaken.

So what? (-1)

First Nigger (460412) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678814)

Who cares if they want to shut sydney down for a day, not like anybody aoutside of Sydney woul dnotice or care, and besides which the city will get a lot of publicity.

vanilla sky shut down time square (1)

lopati (74873) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678818)

in the opening sequence! the movie still sucked tho :)

Shutdown for 2 days? (5, Insightful)

iceT (68610) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678819)

They must just be talking about the flight path and some margin around it.....

gee, I hope they talk to God and get a good weather day...

Wow, Hollywood technology has really advanced..... (5, Funny)

xtermz (234073) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678821)

From the bottom of the article :

Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Not only are they filming the most complicated sequence ever, but they will be the first movie company to premiere a movie in the _past_. How they plan to manage the space/time disruption is apparently a closely guarded studio secret

If you thought hiring Sydney was expensive... (0, Redundant)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678822)

From the end of the article:

Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Can I assume that Matrix Revolutions is actually a prequel and they decided to go one better than Star Wars by building a time machine so they could show them in the correct order?

Re:If you thought hiring Sydney was expensive... (2)

jtdubs (61885) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678936)

That's not going to happen. I'd remember it. :-)

Justin Dubs

The Matrix Revolutions Already out???!? (0, Redundant)

YouOverThere (50298) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678825)

From the article: (you did read the article right?)

" Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000"

Will be released in the past...Charming

uh, released in 2000? (0, Redundant)

mrbubba (66630) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678830)

According to the article Matrix Revolutions will be released in 2000? Huh?

this is news? (-1, Offtopic)

tarzan353 (246515) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678831)

This is not news for nerds. This is not stuff that matters.

Slashdot wants shut down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678833)

They want to post Cowboy neals and John katz's gaping anuses on the site instead of mr goatse!

What I did for summer vacation (5, Interesting)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678842)

Isn't that what movie sets are for? Can't they rebuild a replica of the city they want on some backlot?

reminds me of Dark City (0)

BannSidhe (578466) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678850)

Shut it down....shut it ALL DOWN!!!!

This is Australia. (2, Funny)

Lerc (71477) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678853)

All they need to do is wait for a big sports event and place a huge tv screen just out of town and supply a lot of beer.

Supply enough beer and you've got all the time in the world. They won't be finding their way back in a hurry.

Not so rare (3, Interesting)

YanceyAI (192279) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678854)

It's common practice for parts of Los Angeles to be closed for movie making, even if the sequence is not that dangerous. When I lived there, there were several times I was unable to get to work or park once I arrived. At least once that I can remember, they shut down all of downtown. It is extremely annoying to have your life interupted for the sake of entertainment. I might have been more forgiving, though, had they been working on the Matrix!

The Matrix == Twilight zone, the movie (-1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678860)

I didn't know Vic Morrow [] was going to be in it!

(Damn kids! If you don't get my cogent comment, google it up! sheesh.)

The Matrix run on Windows... (0, Redundant)

lfourrier (209630) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678866)

They cannot manages dates correctly :

from the article : Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

most complicated != best stunt (4, Interesting)

f00zbll (526151) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678868)

like the matrix and watched a dozen times, but shutting down a whole city does seem a bit extreme. It's good they are thinking about people's safety and also secrecy, but is it really necessary.

I just hope the W brothers don't kill themselves in the process of trying to "out do" the original matrix. The two of them have already spent quite a few years to this effort. It's always tough when a director makes a really successful movie, because the expectation are set unrealitically high. If they manage to pull it off, they may become hollywood heavy weights. If they flop, it's going to be a costly blunder.

Why? (1)

alapalaya (561911) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678872)

It's quite strange that to produce a complex scene they need a *real* environment. The Matrix and a bunch of subsequent movies had already shown that the scene can be created from scratch using computer gfx.

Re:Why? (1)

linderdm (127168) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678950)

They want to use a "real" environment probably because it is real, and not some CGI crap that looks fake.

Wow! The Matrix really does have us: (1, Redundant)

geoffeg (15786) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678873)

From the article:
* Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Two years ago!? Looks like a glitch in The Matrix!

Run, Neo, Run! (See Neo Run... oh, forget it).


RE: A Loaded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678874)

" is reporting the producers of the Matrix Realoaded are looking to shut down Sydney for the filming of the final scene which involves flying a helicopter across the city at less than 600 feet above ground. ..."

Realoaded, eh?

Other ideas (5, Funny)

Moita Carrasco (571940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678878)

Other "my whacky final scene is whackier than yours" ideas:

- Close down New York to make a film about 9-11, idea: actually fly airplanes into stuff, randomly. Pilots and crew: CIA, FBI and American Government officials.

- Close down Jerusalem to make the final scene of a movie about the Israeli+Palestinian conflict. Idea: a huge crane pounds Arafat and Sharon repeatedly against various religious monuments.

- Close down Paris to make the final scene of a film about the world cup. Idea: a giant soccer ball rolling around the streets with "losers" painted on, squishing right-wing partidaries.

- Close down a strip of territory in Kashmere to make the final scene of a film about the alleged India-Pakistan conflict. Idea: Nuclear warheads detonated on top of CNN reporters who claimed a nuclear war was about to happen, as if it was a light subject you can kid around with.

Apologies: I apologize for this post if you don't like it. It will avoid me getting into discussions later. Thank you.


I wonder. (1)

Latent IT (121513) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678884)

I wonder. Okay, let's assume for the moment that I have a billion dollars.

Stop laughing, and imagine, dammit.

Now, I saw Vanilla Sky. And I hated it, but that's besides the point. But there is a scene, with good old Tom, running through Times Square, and it's completely empty. There's another one in The Devil's Advocate, with Keanu on 5th Avenue, all alone, with no cars.

First of all, how the heck did they do that? I don't remember any massive, massive street closings. But let's say that, as with this Matrix sequence, they just shut it down, keep people out, and take pictures.

So, I have this billion dollars. Do you think I could rent say, Red Square, or some other major landmark, keep everyone out, just to stand around by myself and think, "Wow, this is pretty cool..."?

Of course, people who waste money like that probably won't have a billion dollars.

Re:I wonder. (2, Informative)

linderdm (127168) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678931)

The Vanilla Sky shoot was actually done around 4 in the morning (or something pretty damn early) and Times Square WAS shut down and cleared of people for the shoot.

Re:I wonder. (2)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678951)

The scene in The Devil's Advocate was done on an early Sunday morning when that particular street isn't typically very busy anyway. Several streets were blocked off, though the distant scenery was added in (I'm not sure if it was digital or matted).

It's mentioned in the director's commentary on the DVD (I've got a first-run, I've got a first-run!)

Realoaded? (1, Offtopic)

Publicus (415536) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678886)


Does anyone ever check the spelling on the story submissions?

Whoa... (1)

Sorthum (123064) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678891)

Part three The Matrix Revolutions is also in production and will be released in December 2000

Damn, what cave have I been living in?

FUCK YOU FAG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678911)

shut up


Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678893)


They're not shutting down the *city* (5, Informative)

Zeddicus_Z (214454) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678896)

Guys... it's two too three streets being shut down, for a peroid no longer than two days. Buildings along George and Sussex streets are being evacuted for public safety reasons. Other than that, its business as usual in our fair city.

I repeat. They are *not* shutting down all of sydney.

Re:They're not shutting down the *city* (1)

Zeddicus_Z (214454) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678930)

Urp. Lameness of replying to myself aside, replace Sussex with Pitt

Re:They're not shutting down the *city* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678946)

But what would happen if they did shut down Sydney and noone showed up??

Not the entire city... (2)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678899)

Just the area around the helicopter's flight path will be shut down. Still, that's quite a good chunk of the city. :) But it's nowhere near close to everything.

And the reason for it is? (5, Funny)

MavEtJu (241979) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678904)

Is it just me, but does the article give no reason at all why it has to be `shutdown'?

But it will probably go something like this:
Filmmaker: "We need all the people out of the city for two days."
Mayor: "That's not possible. We can ban jetskies from the harbour if you like."
Filmmaker: "No, we need the city, not the harbour. We are going to do some stunts there."
Mayor: "Sounds impressive, but what if all the people start riding their jetskies in the harbour instead of going to the city? I don't like that, and I've made it illegal already."
Filmmaker: "Please have a look at this script, it's specially printed for you on green paper with some transparent parts for the so called `special effects'".
Mayor: "It's a deal, I'll just make being in the city on these days illegal, except for people with jetskies. After all, they might go ride them in the harbour if they're not allowed to put them in the city."

People from Sydney should get the subtleties...

Not a low as it sounds (2, Insightful)

deggy (195861) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678906)

I regularly fly around at 200 feet during the course of my job. 600ft is pretty high really, and certainly high enough for an above-average helecopter pilot to maintain control while flying down a wide city street.

Nytt svenskt ord. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678916)

Betårtrad! Att få en tårta kastad i ansiktet.

not just sydney... (1)

jfruhlinger (470035) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678917)

...they also shut down the tube connecting the island city of Alameda, California, to Oakland several times for filming on weekend nights last year. I lived in Oakland and a friend of mine in Alameda at the time -- it meant driving 20-30 minutes out of our way both directions.


Easy enough... (1, Offtopic)

toupsie (88295) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678922)

Just take an ad out in the Sydney Morning Herald stating that every Hotel in the city will be serving free Tooheys [] . Or you could just have ABC run reruns of Neighbors only in Sydney -- that should scare everyone out of the city.

Props to Newtown -- my favorite suburb.

YOU ARE SUCH A FAG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678943)


I hope it works (1)

Daimaou (97573) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678924)

I would like to see them shut down the city and film this sequence.

The Matrix introduced us to a lot of interesting filming techniques. I would like to see them continue that tradition in the next two movies.

Typo or conspiracy/glitch? (2)

blankmange (571591) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678926)

Not to be confused with a "Me, too!" posting (never done on /.) but it would seem to be a typo as far as the 3rd part of the series being released in 12/2000....

Of course, it could also be a bug in the Matrix that was not caught by an agent.... not deja-vous, but something else entirely... unless someone did see the 3rd edition in 12/2000.... oh, man, I need some coffee now....

Not the first time (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3678935)

In the beginning of the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, he runs around an empty Times Square. Word has it that Hollywood paid $3 million to shut down the most active city in the world for a few early morning hours.

cities as publicity stunts (2, Insightful)

squidinkcalligraphy (558677) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678954)

There is another story about at The Age [] website. A funny quote was from the premier of NSW, saying "Sydneysiders had to put up with such disruptions ... if the city was to keep its reputation as a hot filmmaking destination." Funny, I thought that cities were for living in and business, etc, etc, not for rich-ass movie companies to play with. But again, we have dumb politicians bowing down to the almighty dollar. Hey, this just confirms in my mind that sydney is willing to prostitute itself out to feed an overwhelming addiction (but I'm from melbourne, so I spose I would say that)

But at the end of the day, I reckon them filming it is just a publicity stunt - that way they'll at least the entire population of sydney to watch the movie ("see, honey - that's where I work"), buy the DVD, get the action figure doll. Sure, it'd prolly b cheaper to do it all on the computer, but u can't buy people's sentimentality.

Can get the figures to balance (3, Interesting)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678956)

  • [Lord Mayor Frank Sartor] said under the council's Living City policy, the city cannot be empty on weekends, or business owners prevented from trading.

... unless sufficient amounts of cash are provided? Principles aside though, I simply can't see how paying a realistic amount to compensate each and every business and individual displaced by this activity could work out as less than doing a kick ass CGI version of it.

Unless of course Sydney is working on the "First one is free" principle (or second one in this case), to make themselves look like a great (i.e. cheap, compliant) location for foreign film companies. Fair enough, but I'm kind of picturing how we might respond if (e.g.) a Bollywood [] company thought it could just breeze in and pay to have most of Detroit forcibly evacuated. "Get lost," springs to mind, along with stronger objections and possible a slew of litigation against the City.

As I said, it's up to Sydney if they want to turn themselves into a giant movie location, but I'd be surprised if it does their reputation as a business location any good.

Something missing? (5, Funny)

CraigoFL (201165) | more than 12 years ago | (#3678957)

The Daily Telegraph has learned the helicopter will include a camera mounted in the pilot's seat, giving the moviegoer a bird's-eye-view as the aircraft whizzes across the city.

Personally, I'd prefer that a pilot would be mounted in the pilot's seat, considering how difficult the stunt is and all...

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