One scenic Canadian town is being transformed into a post-apocalyptic outpost for the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us, which is based on the popular games of the same name.
While filming has been continuing throughout most of Alberta, the photos from Canmore are especially remarkable as they show just how impressive this project will be.
The Town of Canmore’s website warned residents of the transformation, stating, “Canmore is about to look a lot more like a post-apocalyptic Jackson, Wyoming! HBO is coming to town and will be shooting at various locations within the downtown core throughout November. Residents can expect to see aesthetic changes and road closures around the downtown area that will temporarily transform select areas of downtown Canmore into Jackson, Wyoming.”
#TheLastofUs set being built in downtown Canmore.
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— The Last of Us Updates (@TheLastofUsNews) November 10, 2021
The filming took place from November 16 through the 21st with preparation being made during the first two weeks of the month. The town’s website gave residents an impressively detailed schedule and map showing what to expect from the filming. There’s also a FAQ that answers a few of the concerns locals might have about the production.
But it’s the behind-the-scenes photos that are most impressive. Along with official photos shared from HBO themselves, locals took to social media to share dozens of shots of the transformed town.
— The Last of Us on HBO – Status (@HBOsTheLastofUs) November 12, 2021
Canmore is no stranger to on-location filming. It has played host to several major motion pictures over the years including Brokeback Mountain, Mystery Alaska, Snow Dogs, and Legends of the Fall.
Back in July, word got out that each of the ten episodes of the show’s first season will cost an estimated $10 million each. While computer-generated backdrops are usually cheaper and easier to navigate, the realism of a true-to-life set will hopefully speak to the show’s overall quality.
Filming is expected to continue through to June of 2022, most of which will remain in Canada.