George Clooney is not expected on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus today. [Thomas Robinson who plays the boy-genius version of Clooney’s inventor character Frank Walker] is the star of the day’s shoot at the 1964 New York World’s Fair set on UBC’s Main Mall. The boy inventor (who filmed a quick scene at the Greyhound ticket booth set when filming started on Wednesday) arrived at the fair on a Greyhound $3.00 Grand Sightseeing Tour bus this morning. Tomorrowland shot a scene of him disembarking and staring in wonder at the sheer spectacle of the fair. And then a technocrane shot which started behind young Frank and swept up above him to give the full perspective down the mall to what will be a computer-generated effect of the Unisphere on the inflatable bluescreen at the south end. I can’t show you the grand view that young Frank saw. We were asked not to photograph scenes at the north end. But I can share a few slices of the World’s Fair set and tell you that the sheer number of background performers in period 1960s costumes, especially the nuns in full-length black and white habits, were delightful. Vancouver is fortunate to have two movies — Tomorrowland and Big Eyes — filming here set partly in this iconic era.
The grand view the night before filming with the inflatable blue screen at the south end.