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SALT

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Principal photography began with early scenes of Salt's escape from the Washington, DC CIA building where she works, after a Russian defector accuses her of being a sleeper spy. L'Enfant Plaza, Constitution Avenue, the Navy Memorial, and New York Avenue one block from the White House provided the locations for Salt's initial escape. Director Noyce chose these exteriors, not the typical post-card views of Washington DC, because they reflected the more day-to-day environment of massive federal buildings inhabited by the typical bureaucrat. 

Production Designer Scott Chambliss had extensive experience designing spy stories prior to signing on to Salt. "I've done a lot of material that involves spies in my career, and government buildings,” says Chambliss, who designed the hit TV series "Alias” for several years. "Because I have such a backlog of information on this type of material already, finding new stuff takes me further afield or deeper into different directions, and that can be exciting.”

After a week in Washington, the film company moved to New York, where much of the story is also set: after eluding the CIA, Evelyn Salt travels to Manhattan, where the Russian defector has claimed an assassination attempt would be made at a state funeral for the U.S. Vice President. 

A designated New York City landmark, the Byzantine edifice of St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue provided the interiors and exteriors for the funeral scenes, a key sequence in the story of Salt. On several days, costume designer Sarah Edwards and her team dressed over seven hundred extras for the massive funeral procession made up of mourners, military honor guards, New York City Police officers, bagpipers, as well as secret security agents surrounding the U.S. President, and Russian security, there to protect the Russian President, who delivers a eulogy for the late Vice President. 

The city of New York in particular offered the filmmakers a great variety of practical locations to film. "I take tremendous pleasure in finding locations that are suitable for the storytelling,” Chambliss says. "And that was one of the great things about this project: the variety was wonderful. New York is so rich in terms of what it offers filmmakers.” 

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays CIA counter-intelligence officer Peabody, also enjoyed his time in New York. "Who doesn't love shooting movies in New York?” he exclaims. "I'm always excited when the script says, ‘Exterior New York, Day.' That's always a great opening for a movie for me,” he laughs. 

The production would film in some iconic New York locations, including the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the main branch of New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, and the 59th Street Bridge, but also locations ranging from the out-of-the-way (like Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and the Coler Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island) to the industrial (the DonJon Iron and Scrap yard on Staten Island and the Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) to the underground (inside the New York City subway system). "We've gotten to know the underbelly of the city a bit,” Jolie says. 

Outside the city, the production also filmed in various locations in New York State, including the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, Republic Airport in Farmingdale, and Cantiague County Park in Hicksville. 

One set was the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (called the PEOC or "the bunker”) where the U.S. President takes refuge when under attack. The real PEOC, originally built for Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II, lies underneath the East Wing of the White House, and exists to handle nuclear contingencies. 

"I can't reveal how, but we were able to find out a little bit about what the bunker looked like before 9/11,” says<

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