Westworld season 3 inches closer and closer with each passing day and while we’re still far off from the premiere, production is in full swing. If you want to see the first teaser trailer and my thoughts on it you can check it out here.
What’s evident from that trailer and from the events of the end of season 2 is that we’re leaving the park behind. We may not be leaving it for good but we’re certainly going to spend a lot of time in the real world.
So, when co-creator Lisa Joy was brainstorming on where to shoot season 3 she had to figure out what location best resembles a futuristic landscape. Enter Singapore. Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore Joy had this to say:
When we were trying to think about what the future could look like, we scouted and examined a bunch of areas, and that’s how we came to Singapore. There’s nowhere that looks like Singapore; it’s absolutely beautiful on a purely aesthetic level. And it’s incredibly different from modernism in other cities, even the lines of it; when you look out of the window (of The Esplanade Theatre), you have these, linear lines, but it’s cross cut by these curving rows, which on film always looks so beautiful. There’s a different texture to everything and the bounce from the water off of the glass there. The other thing that’s really interesting is the incorporation of nature.
It’s certainly hard to disagree with her. All you need is a quick google search of Singapore to know how cool and futuristic that city looks. The show is known for its stunning visuals so the two seem like the perfect match.
Some of the locations the cast filmed at were Chinatown’s Smith Street, Orchard Road, the National Gallery, Esplanade Park, SOTA ( School of The Arts), Helix Bridge, Marina One, the hotel Parkroyal on Pickering, LASALLE College of the Arts, Robinsons Road in the Central Business District and Oasia Hotel Singapore, using a mix of local and international crew.
Aside from how Singapore looked, having a professional team that was easy to work with was also major reason why the team chose to film there,
“You have a limited amount of time to get a lot done while travelling (to film). And you will be working with new teams – you want to make sure that you’re working with the best in the world. And that’s what Singapore has to offer.”
I have no doubt that the visuals will be ‘out of this world’. I am curious, though, how much time will be spent in the city and if it will become as much a feature as the sprawling landscapes were in seasons past. Comic-Con is right around the corner so I guess we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
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