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About The Production
With the script and cast in place, the producers set up the production offices at Vancouver Film Studios just east of downtown Vancouver. Many of the filmmakers who were part of the first "Fantastic Four” and the "X-Men” films, all Vancouver-based, returned to lend their respective talents to the mammoth production of FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER.

To capture many of the world's iconic monuments and attractions, a second unit crew traveled all over to shoot exterior establishing shots, in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai.

Assistant director and co-producer Lee Cleary, who has worked on all the "XMen” films and the first "Fantastic Four” explains the pre-production process: "The key to prepping a film is locations,” he says. "In this particular movie we're covering several continents. We're in New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and London, among others. And when you have one central geographic location like Vancouver that has to represent so many different countries and continents, it requires extensive location scouts.”

The exterior of the Baxter Building was once again filmed at the Marine Building, Vancouver's – and one of the world's – finest examples of art deco architecture, located near the waterfront in the center of downtown Vancouver's financial core.

The rooftop of the Metro Parkade, a seven-level parking structure in downtown Vancouver, was the site of "The Wedding of the Century,” between Reed Richards and Sue Storm. True to its comic book roots, this long-awaited ceremony goes awry with the appearance of the Silver Surfer. Johnny's pursuit of the Surfer leads to some of the film's most memorable action sequences.

For one week of filming, the cast and crew relocated to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver, which serves as the Black Forest where the Fantastic Four seek out and encounter the Silver Surfer with the use of Reed's sensors. The 5,668-hectare reserve contains spectacular and diverse landscapes, replete with alpine meadows, forested slopes, and river flood plains, which provided the FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER filmmakers with a dynamic backdrop for the Black Forest sequences.

In addition to weeks of location filming, weeks of stage work were completed at both Vancouver Film Studios and at nearby Mammoth Studios in the suburb of Burnaby, at the same facilities utilized for "Fantastic Four,” "X2” and "X-Men: The Last Stand.”

At Mammoth Studios, an appropriately named warehouse-sized studio in Burnaby, production designer Kirk Petruccelli and his talented team of art directors, set decorators, set designers, and related crew designed and erected Reed Richard's hi-tech lab, as well as the interior of an Arctic military base where the Silver Surfer is contained. Reed's lab, built at Mammoth's Stage 1, is a 6,100 square foot set comprised of numerous spaces for the brilliant scientist to conduct his work, including a Cosmic Sensor Room, Life Sciences, Rocket Science, Supercomputer room, the Fantasticar room, conference room, and the grand circular control panel room complete with a 48-foot by 12-foot HD LCD screen.

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER's second unit crew filmed for over 40 days, on both various locations and lots of green screen work. The unit handled much of the Silver Surfer/Johnny Storm chase sequences. For the flying chase sequence, additional filming took place all over the world, from Washington DC's iconic monuments, to the New York's city skyline and Holland Tunnel, to London and China.

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