C-Class shines in National Treasure
Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class showed its adventurous side as it raced, screeched and smashed through the streets of London during filiming for National Treasure: Book of Secrets from Walt Disney Pictures, due in theatres Dec. 21.
The daredevil chase scene was one of the largest of its kind in London’s history, with landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Southwark Bridge serving as backdrops, and takes place at a pivotal moment in the plot of the highly anticipated motion picture.
The tremendous scale and excitement of the chase scene was a perfect opportunity for the new C-Class Sport to demonstrate its athleticism and agility. Tested and punished mercilessly during the shoot, it came through with flying colours.
Creating London’s most ambitious car chase ever was no small feat. Behind the scenes, many city streets and alleyways were closed while up to 40 stunt people, 70 logistical support vehicles, 50 extras and nine cameras brought the chase to life. Six C-Classes were used, many of which were heavily modified to accommodate rigging for cameras and apparatus for stunt driving. Four months of work went into the scene’s creation — from conception and writing to storyboarding and animation with “animatic storyboarding,” a video-game type program that simulates the scene before it’s shot.