“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.
Now I understand why every sports bar in California on NFL Sundays is filled with Steeler fans: they’ve all moved to escape the post-apocalyptic landscapes.
(Full disclosure: I’m a Seahawks fan. Yes. Still bitter.)
(Photographs by Macall Polay/Dimension Film)