Bridge film shoot puts halt to traffic

Production of an international feature film brought Clyde Bridge to a halt yesterday.

The film directed by Chinese filmmaking titan Feng Xiagong occupied the bridge for several hours as traffic was diverted back across Clyde Dam.

The crew of about 110 people has been based in the town this week after seven weeks in the North Island.

Period cars from the 1990s were used in scenes yesterday as filming in Central Otago continued into a sunny but crisp fourth day of a scheduled 10-day shoot.

Curious Film producer Matt Noonan said the Chinese and New Zealand crews had been working well together across the shoot.

"There's this shared creative ambition and everyone is working towards that in good spirits."

Film crews prepare for the next scene yesterday across the Clyde Bridge. PHOTO: MATT NOONAN
Film crews prepare for the next scene yesterday across the Clyde Bridge. PHOTO: MATT NOONAN

As Central Otago experienced its coldest stretch of weather so far this year, some of the period cars used in filming struggled with the icy climate.

"Some of those old cars didn't want to start and run in the cold.

"There was a big enough crew to push them when they conked out."

Mr Noonan said Clyde had been very accommodating throughout the week.

"They've been very welcoming and very flexible. It's a good vibe."

The film is set for release in December.

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