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Footage from the set of SUPER 8! Vintage cars, retro-military presence - Very curious!

Hey folks, Harry here with a link to some footage of the shooting of JJ Abrams & Steven Spielberg - 1970's era creature feature called SUPER 8. You don't see anything spectacular... but there are some nice cars, some nice military gunfire and presence, but what does it all mean? I don't know, but this is one of the most exciting projects that's underway right now. Here ya go:

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  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by lanquix

    FIRST! lol my first time being first....why do i still feel so sad :(

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST


    U are sad because it means NOTHING and now you realise that .....

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    As for the Vid.


    Boring, boring ...... THEN the tank starts up, it gets interesting ... then finishes. Utter shite.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    70s retro, Spielberg, military in suburbia

    by belasco_house

    I'm drooling slightly

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    I'm drooling slightly........

    by sam jacksons wig

    Because I've just had a stroke.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

    looks like shit.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Poor vid-cam operator.

    by sam jacksons wig

    Just being told "Stand as fucking far away as you can and film everything that is of no consequence what-so-ever which will STILL get fanboys drooling on the internet." (see two posts up..)<br><br> You could just hear the fucking terminal boredom in his monosyllabic voice.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    KilliK- shall I finish???

    by sam jacksons wig


  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST

    70s/80s film stock

    by ndally

    There's nothing like it. I fucking hate the glossy "Superman Returns" "Indy 4" look of films now a days. Can they film a movie in an oldschool film stock? I wonder. Someone should make a movie using the limitations of that era(everything from sounds, VfX, music etc) and nothing else. I wonder if it could be done. Early Amblin films just have this indescribable look and feel. Ahh nostalgia, how I love thee.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it would not surprise that's what J.J. is doing here...

    by elgato73

    that it will be an homage to early Amblin with the 70s/80s film stock quality with all the stuff you mentioned ndally. J.J.'s the kind of director who would do something like that.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    There's a tank in my garden the movie

    by Gorgomel


  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    the film stock

    by JAMF

    are you guys nuts, thats totally what abrams is NOT about. he probably wanted to shoot digital with lots of cg monsters. hopefully steve has convinced him otherwise. abrams = new lucas.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by TheNorthlander

    The way it should have been.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by A G

    Wrong. Abrams is DEFINITELY the kind of guy who would use old stock. He just isn't pretentious enough to be limited by it and is sensible enough to know when being at the forefront is also important.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    I don't find being "limited" to be pretentious

    by applescruff

    On the contrary, I think its a humbling experience. But only if you become truly bound to the limitations. If there's ever a thought in the back of your head that there's always the option to this, that, etc. then you're not gonna be able to use the limits properly and your shit WILL end up pretentious.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Older film stock

    by ndally

    I duno. I think filmstock companies like Fujifilm phase out older styles as the years go on. It's not only the visual aesthetic but the audio as well. Some movies from that era(E.T, Godfather, Close Encounters to name a few) have such power to the sound and music it feels like the filmstock(which holds the audio track as well) can barely contain it. Specially the end of Close Encounters. It sounds like that beautiful fucking music is going to rip open a fucking hole in the universe once it builds up and up. E.T has a similar effect. Man, John Williams really is a god. I fear one of these days I'm guna come on this site and see an obit for Johnny boy. The world will be and darker place.

  • No prizes for guessing this will involve 'found' Super 8 footage

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Save time reading Asshole Lives posts : pre-emptive

    by quantize

    ''blah blah, my wee wee hurts whenever that hack JJ is mentioned...blah blah. pages of incomprehensible pretentious gibberish... etc etc etc ad nausea..''

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    ...I'm looking forward to this.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Yay! All movies like this should be set in the 70's!

    by Cervantes's one for anyone that Since Harry didn't include the teaser trailer, here it is for anyone that hasn't seen it yet -<P><p>I wonder who'll end up doing the score for this? Would love it to be Williams for a project like this, but a composer doesn't seem to be listed on the IMDB site yet. The soundtrack is everything folks.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    There are many kid characters in this film ala E.T.

    by wackybantha

    I am hoping this film has an E.T. and/or Close Encounters feel to it.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar Abrams at it again

    by disfigurehead

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Love on-location BTS stuff! If the setting exists

    by CreasyBear

    anywhere in our actual world, I'd always rather see the real thing rather than Hollywood sets. It's a slight thing sometimes, but when the movie says we're looking at a certain place but you know it's not, that always take me right out of a movie. In the A-Team, Bradley Cooper is rescued and on a Pensacola, Florida beach . . . with mountains in the background. As the kiddies say: Fail.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Williams still rules

    by vadakinX

    Sure, his Indy 4 score was as recycled as most of Horners scores but his Revenge of the Sith score was pretty awesome, as was Catch Me if You Can and Munich. Williams can still knock out a really good score. Sure they're not as memorable as Star Wars, Jaws or Superman but they serve the film just as well.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    The soundtracks for AI, Harry Potter, Catch Me If You Can, Munich and SW:TFU were awesome. He's still got it.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Right on Ndally

    by The_Myhand

    Couldn't have said it better myself

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST



    if you say so. you guys keep selling it to us, that's for sure. i'm not buying yet. my ass is still tender from cloverfield

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    PARKING OLD CARS: the movie: by JJ Abrahms


    it looks awesome. when that charger or whatever backed up, and then reparked....ooh, or when that old sedan backed in to the driveway- but my favorite part was the breakneck chase scene with the army jeep.<br> exciting!!!<br> in all serious though, how are they supposed to fil anything with all the yokel onlookers filling the streets? jesus, what happened to a closed set? all of JJ's CG budget will end up going to digitally removing them.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Sigh, Somebody Said Jar Jar |Abrams Again

    by FreeBeer

    How Fucking Original, Your A Real Smarty Pants

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Old Film Stock.. Yeah Right

    by ZoeFan

    J.J. Abrams use old film stock... that ain't happening. I would assume the the most you could expect is shot on digital with a post process to make it look like it was shot partially on old film stock. JJ Abrams "King of Sizzle without the Steak". In his defense, that's all you need to gross $100 million with todays movie-going public. And he's done that over and over.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    jesus, my grammar sucks


    waking up early with a backache...

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Wait did you guys see an alien in there?


    Pay close attention, about 15 seconds in...blink and you miss it. Right side of the frame.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar Abrams does it again!


    Will this be in 3D?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    This movie's target audience:


    Trig Palin. You know he's just darn dazzled by those lens flares!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by A G

    You are not some "character" at AICN, we don't all look out for your posts. Please stop this shit it is boring to the point of embarassment, not only for you but for the rest of us having to use a site you're making so much lamer.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Abrams is a solid director, this should be entertaining at least

    by The Founder

    I think people bitch about Abrams just to be cool. I don't get where this man has made horrible films. I wouldn't rate him as the best or say his films are awesome but he's a very capable director who recent films at the box office has pleased me. He breathed fresh air and life back into the then dead Star Trek universe. MI3 was the best in the series to me. Until Abrams cranks out 3 disappointing flicks in a row then I'll be seeing his films.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    A G


    Thanks for reading!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The Founder


    If by saying "Abrams is a solid director" you mean he directs solids, then that's a bingo.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I think this is planted

    by lostprophet83

    Did anyone notice the large amount of lens flares in this video? And the fact that the onlookers were clearly promoting the film? I can't be the only one who thinks is a viral marketing gimmick.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I want the 2 hours watching Cloverfield back please.

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    These "secret" projects always suck bad.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    It's a lion!!

    by Nuck81

    I heard him say it

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    It would have already been ripped off of YouTube by Paramount if it wasn't.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    it's gonna take A LOT to make up for CLOVERFIELD

    by ScreamingPenis

    like plot, characters, subtlety, beauty...things that JJ doesn't do very well.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I agree this seems planted

    by Ray Gamma

    the dialogue between the "cameraman" and the other "bystanders" seems phoney.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Harry here with another paid for post

    by torontoxic

    Here's some shit nobody cares about. It shows the making of some shit nobody will like.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    (500) Days of Abrams

    by ConfusedPanda

    Tom: You, uhm, watched that cam footage? <br> Summer: Yeah. It's crazy, huh? <br> Tom: You should've told me it was online. When we were at the wedding, when we were dancing. <br> Summer: Yeah. You didn't ask me.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    THIS is very curious?

    by TheKGB are not worthy of contributing to this site anymore.. Please resign...PLEASE! Let others run the site... Might even be worthy of the word Cool again.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Why is this project exciting?

    by Chewtoy

    I honestly don't mind set photos that only show mundane things like vintage cars or street decoration... I think that view behind the scenes is actually cool. But I'm not sure what makes this project seem so cool... Kids and an alien from Area 51 are the rumors I've heard, which actually makes the teaser trailer seem less interesting. What has people so jazzed about this, sight (and even plot) unseen?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    79 Days

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    It's exciting because it's a creature sci fi flick.

    by Orbots Commander

    Also, I get the nostalgia about old film stock, but one can likely get the same 'look' using modern techniques and equipment, with none of the draw backs of the older film stock. Besides, the actual film companies like Fuji, as was mentioned previously, don't even produce the older stock any longer.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Nice to see the Crew Being Spectator Freindly

    by TheJudger

    Sometimes they are not. Depends on the shots being filmed. Spectators are usually very good at being quiet little flys on the wall when asked, and it's an amazing experience to watch a film being created. Spy reports increase public awareness of film projects. Just happy as piss to see no one hassled this guy. I have high hopes for this movie. Just hope the train wreck is more logical than the trailer.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Chemical Spill

    by TheJudger

    Everyone must leave their house and take shelter in the gym and auditorium and lunch room at the school. The elderly and sick are asked to go the the hospital. The military is here to help you.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Looking foward to this very much!!

    by billF

    Forget all of the naysayers. This has the potential to be a very good creature feature.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    this footage was filmed by JJ .. lots of lens flares everywhere

    by ludmir88

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Merlin Olsen and I were discussing this film the other day

    by PoppaBurgundy

    He likes JJ and I like Steve but neither of us like both. <p>Agree to disagree.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    It's a viral, for publicity and hype.

    by ricarleite2

    Cell phone cameras at a closed set, even when on location, are a big no-no. This was shot to increase hype over this film.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ricarleite2 I agree!

    by billF

    JJ has a reputation for being very secretive and I am pretty sure this was allowed in an effort to increase the hype and the interest in the movie. And for me it worked!!!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    the lense flare were more noticable than anything else

    by soup74

    If this is viral marketing, thats kind of a funny nod at the geeks that will notice.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Sometimes they dont get ill about spectators

    by TheJudger

    cell and camer caming. It depends on what they are filming. If there are sidewalks and other areas were they cant tell the specators to leave, because of right issues. This might have been one of those things. It's a public street. Not locked off to the residence or people who live there. This is not a scheme or a plan. But it is helping to bring awarness and good PR. Good people get good in return. I'm just happy as piss to see they didn't escort this dude away from the set. I'm serious. whats the harm, when it's super protect- cant let images or video get out. Then super protect but when it's random stuff that wont reveal a whole lot. Give the town their fun. They will speak highly of it to others- more ticket and home video sales. It will get out on the net and build up hype and if the cast and crew are nice. It cant hurt.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Check out this Jaws 3D footage on youtube.

    by TheJudger <P> That dude was probably a casual fan before they filmed the movie. Now he's a superfan, and whats he got on film. Random stuff, nothing that would ruin the movies entire plot. Granted this was back in the day when you couldn't leak it onto the net 5 minutes later. Still. It's nice to see shit like this many years later and it obviously had a positive effect on this fans life. He probably owns tons of jaws related stuff and speaks about this experience from time to time to other people.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Too bad the teaser trailer lost the mood

    by ufoclub1977

    It stopped looking 70's as soon as we got action angles of the train derailing in an impossible way without the camera zoomed in from afar, with explosions and perfect compositions. But the shot with the crossing light and the headlights looked good. Nice anamorphic lens flares and defocus style.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Just to clarify...

    by WBlankenship

    I shot this shortly after coming back into town. We saw a bunch of stadium lights and a crowd gathered. If it's not interesting enough for you, wooly booly to ya' then. We just happened on it and this was what I could get shots of from where they would let us go. Stood around for about an 1 1/2 hours, then frankly it was colder than I was interested. It was on a residential street, so yeah they couldn't really keep people completely out. Yeah the yokels were out and got in the way, but the crew were really nice and everyone tried to be cooperative. There were lots of people with cameras, I just don't think most people in my town even think to post it online. They just want to show their friends and family.

  • what the fuck make's me think JJ is going to be able to. And jesus christ even this footage has len's flare.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Munro Kelly

    Thanks for the link, that was great to watch.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    closed sets.

    by Munro Kelly

    If a film company is filming in public, legally, they can only tell people to stay out of the shots and out of harm of vehicles, equipment and stunts. When a company shoots in a residential neighborhood, like this one, they are guest in these people's home. It's not a good idea to be rude to them. If they go indoors or they are on a set, that's a different story.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by The Founder

    You can mock all u want man. It's my opinion ANC it doesn't make me or u wrong. I happen to enjoy Abrams's projects? You sound like u don't, doesn't make u wrong either. That's why their is so many different forms of entertainment. In this case their are different genres of films and tons of directors putting out films. Everyone is not gonna universally like any one film or any one director.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by billF

    Thanks for shooting this. I think it is pretty cool.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Fans of AssholeLives....fucktards

    by quantize

    totally fucking embarrassing that anyone would regurgitate that self important moron's drivel. <p> Yeh I hated Cloverfield too, but you're a dribbling fuckwit if you write Abrams off..

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Your are a huge pedophile and I hope you don't wake up in the morning..........CHAPPED....lips

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by ZoeFan

    While I can't prove one way or the other that you are or aren't a plant. Fact is, if you're not a plant, Paramount is using you by the fact they haven't forced you to take that clip off YouTube. Thanks though.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    YEAH! its Vigilante 8!

    by nolan bautista

    that was one of my favorite PS1 games! uuh! uuh!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by nylon raider

    Yeah - this does have a whiff of Speilberg's abandoned late 70's 'Night Skies' project.... Bring on the cattle mutilating evil twins of E.T.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    "Jar Jar Abrams" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    by lewarcher1949

    So funny, So Clever! Seriously, fuck off.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams can go fuck himself!

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Unless he makes a zombie type film, I ain't interested in his shitty films!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield was a rip off of..

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Iggy Pop in a drug & alcohol fuelled rage.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Jar Jar sighting in video

    by vladvampire

    I think around the 1:15 mark through where the camera goes out of focus with the jeep, you can see Jar Jar standing in the middle of the street with a ballcap, black Mickey Mouse shirt and jeans. It definitely looks like him holding his microphone he likes to fondle during shoots and he constantly pushes his glasses back up his nose. Could be wrong though...but too bad the tank didn't have a mechanical error and run him over

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Super 8 is such a geek baiting title, JJ

    by Cerebewum

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I've seen it, it's a tank, it's huge!

    by Gorgomel

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    E.T. Part 2?

    by sonnyfern

    I hope not...

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST


    by batman713

    LOL! How did I not think of that before. It's classic!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield totally got to me...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    The viral marketing, the "real world" feel, seem pretty alone on that in here tho. I'm a sucker for that stuff, even that alien abduction movie with Milla Real Black Widow freaked me out. Hoping this one will be a mix of Cloverfield and old Spielberg stuff.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    "most exciting"

    by AzzyAzzy

    I call BULLSHIT. Seriously? Why is it one of the "most exciting" pieces of work right now? Because we got a worthless teaser trailer a year before the movie comes out? Because it's big budget and from a guy who's infamous for not telling us shit about what he's doing? Awesome! How exciting! Marketing is the new cool! But hey, it's better news than Harry posting about how much he loves his iPad.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Guess you missed most of it.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Wow. People is gullible

    by BizarroJerry

    Talk about falling for a marketing angle. Tell people almost nothing about the movie, toss them a "mysterious" teaser trailer, and they'll just make up their own hype. Way to fall for it, AICN!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    droid: the best music was duel of the fates but

    by UltraTron

    it was a score with no connection to the images onscreen. It was like this huge revenge finale music but Lucas had forgot to give us any reason for the sith to even want revenge. At last we will have revenge. Hey wait this is the 1st movie asshole! Revenge for what?! We never do find out sadly.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Well, so far this is my must-see of the summer next year

    by Kamaji

    This summer's movies largely sucked with some good stand-outs. Though I am awaiting Michael Giacchino scoring this film, giving us something very much in the vein of the John Williams music that captivated us in that late 70's/early 80's world of cinema discovery for many.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    To the people who still bash Lucas or the prequels...

    by thewirebitches

    Get the fuck over it already. It just sounds pathetic at this point.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Russell Brand might be able to save this

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I think MJ CORPSE is sweet on me.


    He's like the disturbed and dirty child at recess who pinches and punches all the clean and cute boys and girls.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    78 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    I fill your mouth with my kids

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The little creature from Star Trek in in the train car!!!

    by IronEagle74

    Yes, that's what's in the train car. It's the little rock-like creature that helps Scotty in Star Trek. He's just sooooo cute, isn't he? Awwww, thee he goes again!! JJ Abrams just knew we'd all think he's so adorable and that he'd draw a couple of giggles from the audience. Nevermind that he was completely useless and pointless. Why the hell did people like that disaster of a Star Trek movie? Furthermore, why would people be so excited about Super 8?

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Actually people, Jar Jar Abrams makes perfect sense.

    by IronEagle74

    It makes sense because of that stupid little pointless rock-like creature that was an aide to Scotty in Star Trek. He was as pointless as Jar Jar was in Star Wars. That, and plugging black holes with mining ships, ejecting warp cores to escape black holes, etc. Need I go on? I think not.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Nice Pimpmobile (Lincoln)...

    by impossibledreamers

    It's a 1975, I know a brother in Detroit got it for me early.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    If none of Abrams movies had made money

    by Sonny_Williams

    The selfsame people who despise him would be falling all over each other praising his name and berating people for not "getting" him like they do. Just hipster douchebags who equate success with selling out and worship failure as genius. I don't think he's anywhere near the greatest director of all time, but damn if he doesn't turn out solid entertainment on a pretty consistent basis. There's really nothing to hate here if you're a rational person. Not saying you have to love him, but the hate overflowing from some folk just has no basis in reality.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    What town is this... what city is this shot in?

    by Mennen