Outing outdoor shoots
Can any high-profile movie hope to work outdoors unmolested? No way. Here’s a quartet of upcoming films that have been especially attractive to roving spies armed with cameras and a burning desire to capture early images.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt knows a lot about coping with unwanted photographers. But he had an unusual defense tool on this movie, a drama shooting in Louisiana: One producer on the film says a New Orleans ordinance against loitering provided a handy way to kick out spies.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Just before scenes were filmed in and around Gloucester Cathedral in England, one website asked readers to become ”Potter spotters,” offering cash rewards for any pictures of the cast. We’re guessing cries of ”expelliarmus!” didn’t help repel shutterbugs.
J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot involved huge outdoor sets built in the parking lot of L.A.’s Dodger Stadium. Giant protective screens were erected around the sides of the sets to keep paparazzi at bay, but they wound up being revealed by cameramen from local-TV traffic helicopters.
Psst — wanna see Benicio Del Toro in makeup as the title creature? While shooting in England at such locations as Stowe Landscape Gardens outside London, pros and amateurs alike snapped plenty of unauthorized photos.