Why here?

So parts of Salt are supposedly set in DC -- so why film here? Apparently the 787-ESP interchange looks a bit like the Beltway. And, maybe, it's because we're a lot easier to get. Filming in DC is reportedly a major pain. Here? All it takes is $25 and a traffic study.

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Okay, this makes sense-- they filmed only a few days down here in DC, so I was suprised to hear the movie was mostly set here.

787 does look like part of the Beltway, but with about 98% less traffic. There's just no end to it. People who left their homes in 1987 are just now pulling into their offices.

I've also read that another difficulty of shooting in DC proper is that there are major issues with police jurisdictions. In some areas, it's not block-by-block-- the sidewalk and curb can belong in one, but the street is in another. There's also rumor of a block where the left half of the sidewalk is in one jurisdiction, and the right side is in a different one. And you have to get permits to shoot in all of them.

It's definitely not worth filming down in DC you can find a suitable replacement. Plus the food's substantially better in Albany-- the crew will be much happier.

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