Concept art for “Big Hero 6″ showcases San Fransokyo during the day. (Disney)
Before the directors of the new Walt Disney Animation movie “Big Hero 6″ settled on their story, they created the world in which it’s set: a jammed, vibrant place called San Fransokyo.A mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo set in the not-too-distant future, San Fransokyo is a dense, hilly city with cable cars and cherry blossoms, Victorian row houses and glittering neon billboards.
The filmmakers’ idea - never stated in the film - is that in a parallel universe after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the city split off and an influx of Japanese immigrants helped rebuild it.San Fransokyo is a quintessential example of the craft of world building, the process of constructing a wholly imaginary universe for films, television, video games and other media, that involves creating the look of everything from buildings, vegetation and vehicles to the way light refracts and how people look, move and talk....Continue Reading
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All photos by Max Touhey
Demolition has only just begun on the site of Two Trees' Domino megaprojectand the neighbors are already complaining and petitioning about the noise, so this should be a fun 10 to 15 years (assuming everything goes according to plan). In the meantime, check out these photos that photographer Max Touheytook of the carnage. The Syrup Shed, where artist Kara Walker had her installation, is currently being taken down, along with the Bin Structure, the Boiler House, and some of the smaller structures including the Wash House, Turbine Room, Power House and Pump House.