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    Filming

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: Filming outside the Salem's Lot Jewellery store...
    the crew/crowd controllers were for the most part very easy going, so most of the time there weren't even any barricades, making it very easy to get rather close to the action and see a lot of what was going on.

    On the film set they had a substantial collection of American number plates to put on the various American cars (rather weird to see left hand American cars driving down the right hand side of your street, past American fire hydrants and telephone booths, beneath American traffic lights, through fake snow...all quite interesting.

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    Lemon tree Gallery (formerly Creswick Mowers)

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
    Mower shop

    Favorite thing: This building wasn't used in the filming, but I include a photo of it just because it's one of my favorites, and quite unique in town for its European shutters.
    Shops in the town which were not used but were located anywhere near the filming sites just had their 'Creswick' names covered or removed.
    I was confused for a while to see that for an American town, they also had to remove the 'American' sign from the American Hotel! (But I guess, in Australia there are no hotels named The Australian Hotel, so there might not be any American Hotels in America either!)

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    'Pawn Shop'

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: For the movie filming, Creswick scored itself a temporary American style Pawn Shop, complete with patriotic red, white and blue balloons in the window, an assortment of the usual appliances found in such stores just about world wide, with one interesting and amusing addition: sets of snow skis lined up in the window.
    Amusing because nobody has ever skied in this town that I know of...a little hard to do with only 5 mm of snow at best, though twice in my life we've had enough snow for a day to build snow men.

    At the end of filming, in photo 2, the Pawn Shop returns to its previous state, the abandoned shop which until a few years ago was Cosy Corner Milk Bar and Takeaway,. It's one of the oldest buildings in town.

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    Village Antiques

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: This was a very interesting Antique store during the movie...established about 1522...but of course it's not real, just a convincing jeweller's shop in the Salem's Lot movie.
    In modern day times, this building is now a Real Estate agent's office.

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    RSL

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: This is the Returned Serviceman's League building in the main street, before the filming began...

    Second picture: A few days later, no more canon, flag poles, rocks, etc.
    Now it is a convincing Grazioso's Funeral Parlour for the movie...complete with fake (foam sprayed) snow.

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    Norton's Cafe

    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: Red Heap cafe (at the time little more than an outside facade, with a rather glaringly painted bright red roof) within a matter of days, changed colour schemes inside and out to become Norton's Cafe, a convincing looking American style cafe, for the film.

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    Miners Cottage

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: This is one example of Miners Cottage style which you can see if you take a walk or drive down Creswick's Melbourne Road, one of the oldest parts of the town.
    Miners cottages are generally older than the Victorian houses, and often started out quite small. Other rooms were then added on at the back as needed, such as a laundry, toilet, or extra rooms as more children came along.

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    Helium Balloons

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003
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    Favorite thing: This scene was done outside the Post Office and American hotel during some of the last nights of filming.
    One or two huge helium balloons with interior illumination were used to represent the moon (and then the in one scene the zombies would come out from different directions and converge on the rotunda)
    The light these balloons gave out all by themselves to illuminate the set was amazing!
    On the second last night, they even attracted many bats, like moths to a flame, which I thought was amusing and rather suitable (though these were't vampire bats!)

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    Forestry School II

    by Kate-Me Updated Aug 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: The Forestry School autumn foliage is rather pretty..and the lack of foliage in winter allows you to see Tremearne House much more clearly than usual. The buildings here belonged to the old Creswick Hospital until around 1912, when the Forestry School began. Tremearne House had been the first doctor's grand Victorian style residence.

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    Anzac Memorial

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003
    Anzac Memorial

    Favorite thing: The Anzac Memorial (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is a monument to all those who fought for Australia in the world wars.
    It is an important gathering place in the town each Anzac day when the marching band plays and the Anzac march is held by the returned soldiers and their families, the light horse troop and others in the main street. It's quite a colourful parade.
    The events on Anzac day normally begin with a dawn service.

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    Court House

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003
    Court House Theatre

    Favorite thing: This is Creswick's Historic old court house, in what was once the police barracks area. Behind the Courthouse is a historic bluestone lock-up. You can't see inside it though (it's locked up, and has been probably since the end of the gold rushes in the late 1800's).
    These days, the Court House is home to the town's Amateur Theatre group, and is called the Court House Theatre.
    It will be undergoing more restoration at some stage..

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    Infolink internet cafe & Visitor Information Ctr

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003
    Visitor Information Centre during filming

    Favorite thing: This building houses the Creswick Visitor Information Centre and also Infolink, our town's Community Online Centre.
    Infolink is open from 12 noon to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 10 - 1 on Saturday mornings.
    The Visitor Information Centre is open all weekend and whenever Infolink is open.

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    'Police Station'

    by Kate-Me Written Aug 1, 2003
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    Favorite thing: For several days of filming, the US flag flew proudly in the wind above the 'Police Station'.
    Because the Gulf War was on at the time, it caused a fair bit of comment in the town by some people who felt like the flag signalled they were being 'invaded' by more than just vampires!
    It was just a very unusual sight and feeling to see your town become totally American in the space of only a few days, and then fly their flag as well.

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    Victorian House

    by Kate-Me Written Jul 31, 2003
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    Favorite thing: This Victorian era house with its characteristic lace work is next door to 'Norton's Cafe' and was used for some of the outdoor winter street scenes, as background. Here it is before and after filming.

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    Rotunda 1

    by Kate-Me Updated Jul 26, 2003
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    Favorite thing: The recently restored historic Rotunda in Creswick's main street, just after the filming of Salem's Lot, as the rotunda's fake 'salem tiles' were removed to reveal once more the new corrugated iron roof.

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