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Film crews in Bristol warn of ‘alarming’ sight ahead of War of the Worlds release

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Onlookers have been told not to be alarmed if they see “weapons and fake bodies” in Bristol city centre today.

A sign snapped by a passer-by behind City Hall this morning advised that fake bodies and weapon props would be in use during filming, reassuring people that “all relevant agencies and emergency services are aware”.

Another person, who passed the sign near Bristol Central Library, tweeted: “Bodies and weapons – just an everyday hazard when you work by a popular filming location”.

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The sign did not specify what was being filmed, but matches one that was displayed at Temple Quay last year during filming for War of the Worlds.

Elsewhere, a witness said she saw “at least 10” vans belonging to camera crews along University Road today, behind Browns.

Last week Redcliffe residents were warned to expect imitation firearms and traffic control when War of the Worlds scenes are filmed, although today (Monday, September 6) was not listed as one of the filming dates in that area.

The Disney+ sci-fi hit is based on HG Wells’ classic novel, and stars Golden Globe winners Gabriel Byrne and Daisy Edgar-Jones.

The sign spotted behind City Hall earlier read: “Caution! Filming in progress. Filming with weapons and fake bodies.

“Please be aware there will be replica weapons and fake bodies in use within this filming area.

“Please do not be alarmed, all relevant agencies and emergency services are aware and have approved our plans.”

A London-based number was listed for anyone with concerns about what they saw.

Other scenes for series three — one of which involved a black car reversing into a police car — were filmed last month on Broad Street in the city centre.

In a letter posted through Redcliffe doors on Wednesday (September 1), Newport-based production company Urban Myth Films revealed some details of what this month’s shoot will involve.

One of the locations featured in this block of filming is understood to be the One Redcliffe Street office block, according to the letter.

It read: “Film dates on site are currently scheduled for: Sunday, September 5 (filming 7am to 7.30pm); Saturday, September 11 (filming 11am to 10.30pm); Sunday, September 12 (filming 11am to 10.30pm).

“On film days we plan to park our technical vehicles in suspended parking bays along Redcliff and St Thomas Streets and will also be making use of a cherry picker / genie boom which will be positioned on Redcliff Street outside of Caffe Oro.

“We will be filming in and around #1 Redcliffe Building as well as on Redcliffe Street itself towards the latter part of the above mentioned days.”

The second series of the show, available on Disney+ streaming service Star, was partially filmed in Bristol between August and October last year.

Locations included the then-Bristol Live office block at Temple Way, the Old Soap Factory on Unity Street, Charleton House on Great Ann Street, Redcross Street in Old Market, St Matthias House in St Pauls and Glass Wharf on Avon Street.

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