Living in Britain’s capital city means you’re pretty much bound to run into a film shoot at some point, but forthcoming British sci-fi 51 Degrees turned Piccadilly Circus into a scene of unchecked chaos on Saturday night as hundreds of extras gathered together to show the panic of a city threatened by an oncoming asteroid. It became the second largest production in the history of Piccadilly Circus. I don’t know what the largest one was. American Werewolf in London, maybe?*
Here’s a synopsis of the film from the official Facebook page.
The story explores the life struggles of German filmmaker Damon Miller who lives and works in London. The movie follows Damon through his daily struggles which become trivial when confronted with the End of the World. He is told by the UK Space Agency (British NASA) that an Asteroid will hit Earth within a few weeks. They have built a Space station to ensure the survival of the human race. In exchange for Damon’s services (capturing the End of the World) he is given one ticket to the Space station. He gives it to his girlfriend.
If you weren’t in the area last weekend, here’s a taster of what it looked like. I’m amazed I wasn’t there, usually when these sorts of things go down I’m late for something and trying to get across central London in a hurry.
51 Degrees was written and directed by German filmmaker Greg Richters and is currently set for a 2012 release.
* I’ve now been reliably informed that the largest ever production at Piccadilly Circus was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. But scenes like that are a lot easier to put together when you have a hundred million pounds handy.