As the production designer of Ghostbusters 2020, it would have traditionally been Francois Audouy’s job to lead scouting expeditions to find locations.
But director Jason Reitman’s enthusiasm for the process, and the film in general, meant the filmmaker was way ahead of the game when Audouy signed on for the Alberta-based shoot.
“Jason enjoys scouting so much that he likes to lead the charge,” says Audouy, in a phone interview with Postmedia. “He started scouting before he even hired anybody in the movie. He went to Pennsylvania. He went to New Mexico. He went to Calgary. Even before I started, one of the first things he said was ‘You know, I went up to Alberta and I was really impressed with what I saw. We should go up there as quickly as possible.’”
In fact, the decision to shoot in Alberta was among the first made for the mega-budgeted project, which wraps in mid-October.
“All the major elements were found right away here, even after just a few initial scouts,” he says. “We saw Fort Macleod, we saw Drumheller, we saw the Turner Valley Gas Plant, we had the stages (at the Calgary Film Centre), we had the landscapes. We immediately felt very confident in this space.” READ MORE