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"DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION” began production in Mexico City, where a private, ultra-modern school stood in for Goku's high school. More than one hundred students were used as extras filling in the classrooms, parking lots and hallways. A sprawling private mansion in an exclusive residential area with English Tudor and Asian architectural elements was utilized for a high school party scene. An area within the city limits became Paozu City, where Roshi lives in a shack situated amidst towering skyscrapers.

After six days of filming in Mexico City, the production moved to Durango, Mexico, where the rest of the filming took place. "Durango has the spectacular outdoor locations including the high mountains, rock formations and deserts we required,” says executive producer Tim Van Rellim, who had worked on a film production in Durango a decade earlier. The production transformed an abandoned jeans factory with a million square feet into a working studio production facility with office, storage and mill spaces, along with a wardrobe warehouse, practical soundstages, and a ten-acre outdoor area that was turned into a backlot for outdoor sets.

High mountain desolate rock formations at Mexiquillo became the secret Toi San training facility. Over 200 local Durango martial artists and their instructors were recruited and transported to the remote location for a big martial arts training scene. The cast and crew faced daily extremes in temperatures from chilly early morning lows of 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) to hot afternoon highs of 80 degrees (F.), as well as occasional dust storms fanned by windy conditions. Later in the shoot, the filmmakers utilized a major recreation facility in Durango as the location for the Toi San Tournament competition arena. One thousand extras filled the structure, cheering the action.

Los Organos State Park, with its spectacular rock formations that resemble church organ pipes, became the setting and inspiration for the story's Dragon Temple, where pivotal action set pieces where captured. Towering desert sand dunes, called "Las Dunas De Bilbao,” north of Durango, were used for traveling scenes and as the exterior of a desert cavern in Yamcha's habitat.

The Toi San marketplace was realized out of a grain storage facility from the 1800s that was found just outside of Durango. New architectural elements were added and then enhanced by set decorations mixing Middle Eastern elements with a flea market atmosphere.

Interior sets constructed and housed at the Jeans factory production facility, included the two-story interior of Roshi's shack, a 20 foot high cavern interior, the Toi San Temple courtyard and corresponding interiors, Lord Piccolo's Genesis Chamber and dirigible, as well as the green screen sets.


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