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DOWNTOWN CHASE
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Interestingly, this scene begins with a slight continuity error. In the first picture, notice that the red light is on approximately
the same level as the word GARAGE. In the second, it is farther away and lowered about one foot. This parking garage
is underneath the 508 -16th Street entrance to the Latham Square Building at 1611 Telegraph Avenue, downtown Oakland.
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The car crashes out of the garage on to 16th Street. Notice the painted fence in the background. It was put up to cover the bottom of the Cathedral Building on Telegraph Avenue so that this block could be reused again later (see below). At one point, this shot, done on the first day of photography on 26 March 2001, involved Trinity's car accidentally crashing into the camera directly across the street.
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Morpheus, Keymaker, and Trinity are heading west on 16th Street. The reflections above them show the tops of the Latham Square Building (left) and the north side of the Rotunda Building (right).
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Still heading west on 16th Street, the entrance to the parking garage underneath the Dalziel Building is visible out the window.
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The chase is now heading back east on 16th Street, although we're supposed to believe it's elsewhere. That's the Elihu Harris State Building in the far background. Also, in the open window in the foreground, somebody is peering down on the action below!
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This shot now is west on 16th Street again. The film's basecamp is behind the green fence, although none of it is visible. What is also not visible, unfortunately, are the large One and Watch T.V. billboards that were created by the Art Department (see below).
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Once again heading east on 16th Street, the cars are approaching Telegraph Avenue. Notice that the painted fence from the
pictures above is now gone, and the "construction" debris on the left is now blocking the parking garage that Trinity first exited.
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This is a beautiful shot looking back
down 16th Street towards San Pablo Avenue.
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The unique tan and brown building on the left is the old Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue at 19th Street. It's too bad, though, that the VFX department didn't remove the Berkeley Hills from the distant background of this shot since, as shown a short while later in the film, there are no hills in the downtown City inside the Matrix.
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Notice the mobile billboard? Entitled Burly Man, the film's working title, that's actually a billboard for this very film. See this picture from elsewhere on the Internet. Also, a small corner of basecamp is visible behind it. The pop-up tent behind Morpheus' glasses is covering part of camera department and video village.
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This scene was filmed north on Martin Luther King Way (formerly Grove Street) at 5th Street, underneath the intersection of Highways 880 (Nimitz Freeway) and 980 in downtown Oakland.
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At the northeast corner of 5th Street and MLK Way, Trinity's car crashes through the fence. Note the Steak billboard (see below for more). By the way, the Chinese truck previously appeared in another Keanu Reeves movie, Sweet November, as a Korean BBQ truck.
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Trinity and Morpheus are driving east underneath the Nimitz Freeway. The Location Managers worked extensively with various agencies in the City of Oakland to temporarily move out hundreds of Oakland Police Department vehicles that normally park under here.
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At 5th and Broadway, the chase drops into the Webster Tube (see the next set of pictures). The wall above the road here was temporarily extended by Construction and Art Department. The fact that the freeway here is Hwy 101 is not a reference to the Hwy 101 that extends from Los Angeles through San Francisco to Olympia, but instead to the character of Neo. The other freeway in the film, Hwy 303, is a reference to Trinity. Note another billboard here, 55 and Stay Alive. It's another unique choice for the bland computer-generated world inside the Matrix, but it's, unfortunately, very incorrect since the speed limit later shown on the freeway itself is clearly 65 mph.
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The Webster Tube is an underwater tunnel that goes below the Oakland Inner Harbor channel that separates Oakland
from the island of Alameda. The cars are heading south from Webster Street in Oakland to Constitution Way in Alameda.
The Posey Tube is the neighboring tunnel that takes traffic back north from Webster Street in Alameda to Harrison Street in Oakland.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES
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This is back at the Latham Square Building garage. That's 2nd A.D. John Morse next to Trinity's car in the second picture.
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Of the many downtown billboards placed inside the Matrix, these two, One and Watch T.V. didn't make it into the actual film. The first picture is from an official behind-the-scenes video by Warner Bros., and the second is from an unknown movie website in March 2001.
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These pictures, which show the two versions of 16th Street at Telegraph in front of the Cathedral Building (see above),
appeared on Ain't It Cool News on 31 March 2001. The scenes themselves were filmed on Wednesday, 28 March 2001.
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Standing behind the Wachowski Brothers is Ami Zins (red sleeves), the Film Coordinator for the Oakland Film Office. Along with the Location Manager, Peter J. Novak, she was responsible for convincing Warner Bros. to film in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Way at 5th Street, Oakland.
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These last two behind-the-scenes shots are underneath Hwy 880 near the opening to the Webster Tube.

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