Filming locations for Marvel’s latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, were right around the corner from The Performing Arts Conservatory this week!
Brisbane city has been abuzz this week with the magic of a Hollywood movie and the filming of Thor: Ragnarok (2017). The cast and crew moved in to film on Monday, with cranes and star power. There was no hiding from the fact that they were there to make an impression. And they did just that.
The exciting thing for students at The Performing Arts Conservatory (TPAC) was that filming was right around the corner. Located on Albert street, Mary street, and Esk lane. Some of TPAC’s graduates were even on set as working extras, soaking in a Hollywood experience they only once dreamed about. Additionally, Brisbane got a makeover. Parts of the city turning from BrisVegas into New York, complete with yellow cabs and New York cops.
A Bit of Timely Advice
TPAC’s founder and CEO, Marcus Hogan, took the opportunity to remind the film students to remain grounded. He said that while it might seem daunting to see such a large scale production underway, the crew filming out there were simply doing the same thing as the students. Just with a much bigger budget. The formula to making a good film never changes, even when the scale does.
Marcus was also quick to point out that time and patience is also needed, to reach the point of being able to make a film as big as Thor. The director, Taika Waititi, started out as an actor and independent filmmaker and worked his way up. Therefore, it was his patience, persistence, and consistency that won him the prize in the end.
It wasn’t just the up and coming actors and filmmakers of Brisbane that were thrilled the film franchise was in town either. The people of Brisbane also made the director and cast aware of their gratitude for shooting in Brisbane. Turning up in droves, the crowd numbered in the hundreds, each hoping for a glimpse of one of their favourites and maybe a cameo themselves.
In addition, the two main leads, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki), took time out of their busy schedule to meet the throngs of fans. Moreover, Hemsworth commented that he hadn’t seen that many people at a premier, let alone near a set. But the biggest superhero move they made was in visiting sick children in at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. This move follows the footsteps of fellow Hollywood A-lister, Johnny Depp, when he was in Queensland filming Pirates of the Carribean (2017).
The question now is will this show of affection from fans bring more Hollywood films to Brisbane? Brisbane and Queensland does appear to be on a precipice of a Hollywood avalanche. Kong (2017) was shot here earlier this year, before that Queensland played studio lot to San Andreas (2015), staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Unbroken (2012), directed by Angelina Jolie; and The Chronicles of Nania: The Voyage of Dawn Treader (2010). Momentum is building and consequently great things are happening in the Queensland film industry. Therefore, make sure you get on board with the right training. Contact The Performing Arts Conservatory today and find your little piece of Hollywood.