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city of asteroidsthe new film by Wes Anderson, features a small slice of Americana roadside, on which descends an assembly of child geniuses, their parents and scientists for a school convention. An old-fashioned restaurant, motel, and auto repair shop feature in the footprint, the structures flanking a highway that stretches endlessly out of town in either direction. The glorious reds and oranges of the desert easily pass for Arizona or New Mexico, especially when viewed with the primary color palette of the city’s architecture. But the town, built specifically for production, is actually on the outskirts of the small Spanish farming town of Chinchón.
There is a long tradition in Hollywood of filming Spain for Spaghetti Westerns of the American West – Sergio Leone, including Once upon a Time in the West And The good the bad and the ugly are perfect examples. Below, city of asteroids Set designer Adam Stockhausen and producer Jeremy Dawson join us to explain why they too filmed in Europe, as well as what it was like to build a small American roadside town from the ground up.
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Where is Asteroid City?
Adam Stockhausen: The film was shot outside Madrid, Spain. Asteroid City itself sits in an agricultural field midway between the small town of Chinchón and the neighboring town, Colmenar de Oreja.
Jeremy Dawson: In fact, when we’re not there, chickpeas and watermelons are the two main crops they grow there. It is not natively a desert, because obviously they farm there, but it’s very flat, that’s why we chose it. There’s this nice orange color of dirt, Adam can tell you more specifically, but it’s very local dirt. If you go three miles the other way, you don’t get that color.