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Virginia Is For Lovers, Pennsylvania Is For The Post-apocalypse

State governments often compete with one another to lure film companies to their states because of the immediate boost they provide to the economy, but also because they hope the films might eventually boost tourism. (I actually met someone once who visited Wilmington, North Carolina, because that was the real-life location of Dawson's Creek Capeside, Mass.)

But something tells me Pennsylvania won't be getting many tourists from to the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road:

“The Road” began filming in late February, mostly in and around Pittsburgh, with a later stop in New Orleans and a postproduction visit planned to Mount St. Helens. The producers chose Pennsylvania, one of them, Nick Wechsler, explained, because it’s one of the many states that give tax breaks and rebates to film companies and, not incidentally, because it offered such a pleasing array of post-apocalyptic scenery: deserted coalfields, run-down parts of Pittsburgh, windswept dunes. Chris Kennedy, the production designer, even discovered a burned-down amusement park in Lake Conneaut and an eight-mile stretch of abandoned freeway, complete with tunnel, ideal for filming the scene where the father and son who are the story’s main characters are stalked by a cannibalistic gang traveling by truck.

--Jason Zengerle