Sony Studios Feature Film
Number of filming days in Humboldt = 9 days
After Earth, a Sony Studios' film, starring Will Smith & Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan filmed a portion of the movie in Humboldt County's majestic Redwoods this past spring. This sci-fi, action adventure is about a boy and his father who crash land on an alien planet.
Why Humboldt? Well you will have to see the movie to find out! But more importantly, could Humboldt accommodate a big production? And the answer is... yes!
According to Executive Producer Bennett Walsh, "the county's experience with filmmaking influenced the decision to film here." Humboldt County, best known for Outbreak, Jurassic Park and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, has had features shot in Humboldt for the past 100 years! (For a complete filmography of all the Feature Films, TV, Commercials, and Print Ad, visit our filmography: filmHUMBOLDT's filmography.)
But infrastructure aside, it was the beauty that caught M. Night Shyamalan's attention. In the middle of filming, Shyamalan tweeted: There are moments in the redwoods where a mist comes in and the sun punctures the canopy and the crew gets quiet because its so ethereal. That's when I start screaming like a madman "Get Jaden! Start shooting, NOW, NOW! Turn on the camera!"
After Earth is scheduled to hit the big screen in the summer of 2013.