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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hey Patriots! Captain America comes to Cleveland

In the midst of major concerns such as Medicaid expansion in Ohio, Common Core curricula, IRS and DOJ scandals, and on and on – well, here is a brief diversion.

Captain America comes to Cleveland

Captain America is an American fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. . . . Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif. . . . [He is] an intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II.”

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"  is being filmed in Cleveland this summer. From The Plain Dealer on May 31:
And so, the traffic nightmare for West Siders begins today as filming for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" continues in and around downtown. The West Shoreway was closed around 4:30 a.m. [yesterday] for filming.

The filming on the bridge this afternoon involved over a hundred vehicles, including service and technical vehicles. The sequence will probably end up as a few seconds in a high-speed freeway chase with one guy beating up another guy on the hood of a car. All the cars in the scene were driven out into position across the bridge, ready to move in both directions. Lots of waiting. Then the stunt car, pulled by a truck with crew and camera, moved into place. When the sequence began, vehicles started crawling in synch at maybe 15-20 MPH. We watched two takes. Here’s a video of the not-yet-high speed action sequence, shot from a balcony with a bird’s eye view. Watch for the action behind the camera truck with the white screen, about halfway through. (There is an embiggen button bottom right on the video frame.) 

If it looks a bit grainy, try the one posted on YouTube here

Now back to reality!

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