Where do the coordinates in Oblivion take you? To the house of the visual effects supervisor

11 Feb

I watched the Tom Cruise Sci-Fi movie, Oblivion the other day and wondered, in a geeky sort of way, where the co-ordinates that flash up on a computer screen transpose to.

Set in a dystopian future, a shuttle falls to earth at a long/lat of 41.146576,-73.975739.

And that equates to 17 Mein Drive.

Now, if I were in charge of making up co-ordinates for a movie, I would have chosen something ironic – maybe the Oblivion Alton Towers ride, or the Oblivion Taproom, Florida – but 17 Mein Drive? Didn’t make sense.

So, I googled 17 Mein Drive and I found the following (from LocateFamily.com) – 17 Mein Drive David Feinsilber.

Didn’t mean much, but it was an unusual name, so onto IMDB and we find that David Feinsilber was the visual effects production supervisor for Oblivion.

Great perk of the job.

I tried to get in touch with David to see if he would confirm this, but so far he hasn’t responded. If he does, I’ll update the post.

4 Responses to Where do the coordinates in Oblivion take you? To the house of the visual effects supervisor


Christopher Shepherd

October 8th, 2014 at 7:17 am

what part of the movie does this happen?



October 14th, 2014 at 6:48 am

Can’t remember now. Maybe ¼ of the way through the film?

Basically look out for the only bit in the film that mentions coordinates. It’s that bit.



October 25th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Interestingly, the Google street view at that address has a paving truck there with the name on the side: “Empire Paving”. Maybe David Feinsilber arranged a little personal advertising for that company for a little extra cash on the side? No new work seems to have been done since there is a car in the driveway that they would have been working on. The workers appear to all be posed, some with tools that wouldn’t be used at that phase of the job. The truck is in dumping position, but the back is closed and nothing needs paving there. It all appears very staged.



February 3rd, 2015 at 4:47 am

I found it interesting, as well, and googlemapped it, and came up with the same location. Didn’t do any more research, at that point, and found this little tidbit of info. Very cool idea, though.

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