Ruben Fleischer, of Fantasy Factory and Rob & Big fame, made his directorial debut with Zombieland, a graphic, quirky, and clever film about...well, zombies. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone star in the film, which was filmed primarily in Atlanta and the greater metro area.
Fun fact: One of my favorite filmmakers, Mike White, also appears in Zombieland.
The film opens with a list of rules about dealing with zombies. This montage features several scenes filmed in Downtown Atlanta, at the intersection of Park Place and Edgewood Avenue. This is also the intersection where Woodruff Park mingles with the Georgia State University campus.
The movie was filmed before the streetcar was implemented into Atlanta's public transportation system. The intersection of Edgewood and Park Place is currently one of the single most confusing places you can drive a car, ride a bike, or walk in the downtown area. I personally was literally inches from getting hit by a bus when I absentmindedly stepped into the street to do some jaywalking (because #crosswalksarefortourists).
Fun fact: my psychiatrist's office (mental illness is practically a job requirement for writers) overlooks this intersection. She's a great psychiatrist, but a really, really slow typist, so my appointments largely involve me staring out her window at the mass confusion that is the intersection of Park Place and Edgewood Ave while she types up her notes. I'm not complaining - it is better than television; I would call it delightful, really.
A few weeks ago a streetcar operator "accidentally" plowed right into a florist's van that was parked on the tracks. I imagine it all happened like this: the florist, frustrated with the new addition of yet another hindrance to delivering flowers in Atlanta, regularly parked on the tracks in childish rebellion; after encountering the florist's van a number of times, the streetcar driver ran out of fucks to give, and instead of stopping and honking the horn incessantly to prompt the florist to move his damn van, just bashed the hell out of it.
According to actual news reports, that streetcar is "out of service indefinitely," and the florist got a parking citation.
I was there in the middle of a weekday, and had a fun time zipping through the huge, practically empty parking lot in my city-hipster-Fiat. I would have gone in the building for interior photos, but I'm deathly afraid of religious organizations.
Back ITP is the service station where Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) run their scam involving fake diamond rings, short skirts, and kneeling on concrete.
490 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest (seriously, that's what it's called) is the address of an ostentatious mansion that has been used in a number of films, including The Three Stooges and the television series Devious Maids. In Zombieland, it is the house of Bill Murray.
The mansion can be seen in the photo at the beginning of this post, and the gate outside of the mansion can be seen below. I did not breech the perimeter. I put my camera inside the gate and took some pictures, then got the hell out of there. I was sure Higgans' dobermans from Magnum P.I. were going to come after me at any second.
I am in the process of getting some shots of the Newnan (town square scenes) and Valdosta (adventure park scenes) locations from Zombieland. I haven't decided if I will add them to this article, or post them in a new article, so if you are interested in seeing them, you might want to bookmark this page and follow my moviepilot profile.
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