CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Shooting in the Nation's Capital
On May 13, 2013, the production headed east to Washington, D.C. to shoot
Steve Rogers, Black Widow and
Falcon in scenes at some of the most prominent national landmarks, including the
Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln
Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, Capitol Building, National Mall, the
DuPont Circle neighborhood
and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, which the production shut down for the first
time ever for the filming of
a major motion picture.
With the film being set in Washington, D.C., it was crucial for
the filmmakers to physically shoot on the streets and have
the cast interacting at the historical landmarks throughout
the city. "When you have scenes that are actually shot in the
city in which the movie's taking place, people can feel it. The
very first shot of this film is Steve Rogers jogging at dawn on
the Mall in D.C. in front of the Jefferson Memorial and the
Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial."
Comments director Anthony Russo, "To see Cap moving amongst the landmarks of
D.C. at the beginning of
the movie immediately sets the tone for the
film and harkens back to the '70s political
thrillers to which this movie owes a great
Adds Joe Russo, "Shooting in Washington,
D.C. was absolutely critical for this film. It
provides the backdrop for the narrative,
both literally and thematically."
In the film, the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Washington, D.C.-based
headquarters, is shown for the very first time.
Making that fictional building seem realistic was another reason to shoot in the
nation's capital. "You still want
to ground it and make it feel as real as possible, and by spending those days
there in D.C. and starting the
movie right off the bat with location filming gives it a very good vibe and a
very realistic vibe," says Feige.
For the actors, shooting on the streets meant drawing big crowds, many of them
young kids who lined the
streets dressed in their Captain America costumes waiting to meet Captain
America himself. Evans routinely
took photos with young fans and enjoyed the experience of shooting in the
"I really enjoyed shooting in Washington, D.C.," says Chris Evans. "Because
of the time restrictions for shooting
at certain landmarks we had some incredibly early starts to our days. But it was
just a surreal experience to
shoot at the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial at dawn and seeing the
sunrise. Even though I was
running and sprinting in the scenes it was just so peaceful at that hour and the
shots just looked amazing."
Continuing, Evans states, "I loved seeing all the kids on the National Mall and
streets of Washington, D.C.
It reminds you that when you play a role like Captain America or any Super Hero,
kids look up to you and
you really have to be conscious of that as well as what you mean to them and
make sure your actions are in
alignment. The cornerstone of Steve Rogers is being selfless and putting the
needs of others first. That extends
to all facets, so if I can just be a little like Steve Rogers, then I know I'm
doing something right."
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