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SHOOT: TOMORROWLAND’s Walt Disney “it’s a small world” Set at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Tomorrowland spent most of a grey day at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre/Museum of Vancouver filming scenes behind blue screens at the entrance to its Hall of Invention set. From a grassy nook I could see the young boy-genius inventor (Thomas Robinson) walking around set and 1964 New York World’s Fair background performers moving up and down the entrance walkway in some evening sun.”Let’s hear it for the sun finally appearing,” director Brad Bird said to a resounding cheer. Tomorrowland has had difficulty matching the light from its New York World’s Fair shoot on the Main Mall at the University of British Columbia to the new World’s Fair scenes at the planetarium. With the sun back, however briefly, crew quickly moved from the front of the planetarium into the west end of the parking lot to rehearse a scene at their Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” entrance set.

Hugh Laurie sat in a blue Tomorrowland set chair in the open parking lot and watched the crew set up a technocrane and tracking shot and occasionally glanced behind him at a group of bystanders in the park opposite fixated on his every move. We assumed Laurie would be in the scene with 300 background performers (two dressed as Disney characters Mr. Wolf and the White Rabbit) but he left after talking to director Brad Bird.  Perhaps there will be more tomorrow [Tomorrowland had to wait until late Friday afternoon for the sun to come out again to shoot this “it’s a small world” scene].

Two women enjoy a picnic in the park with a movie.

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