Deepcore

3:16 pm Abandoned Places, Google Maps, Links, TV & Movies

For the flick The Abyss James Cameron wanted it to look as authentic as possible, and CGI was still a new thing, so it was decided to shoot underwater. Their were not tanks anywhere big enough to film in, so after some scouting, the crew came across an abandoned nuclear power plant on which construction was never competed. The studio bought up the property and converted it into a movie set, using the outbuildings as the interiors for the Deepcore station, but they also built a 1/8 scale exterior of the Deepcore set inside of the containment building of the reactor! Inside the reactor they were able to pump in 7 million gallons of water, to a depth of 40 feet, and completely submerge the set. After the movie was completed, it was pretty much abandoned. Over time, people have trashed the interiors, but exterior of Deepcore still exists. Check out links to some pictures and more after clicking

http://www.lysator.liu.se/~hakgu/ab-behind2.html

http://www.snydersweb.com/destinations/abyssTrip.html

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/657052 (which is where the above image comes from)

And some more pictures with some background on getting in side and the state of the site.
http://www.x-plane.com/adventures/abyss.html

And the Google maps satellite view.

Several pictures of the sets construction http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Chateau/1734/abyss4.html

It sounds like Deepcore may not exist much longer, recently it was decided to build a nuclear power plant in the area again, and officials are looking at that property as a location.

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