Director Christopher Nolan has managed to keep most of the story details in regards to The Dark Knight Rises a secret. Until now. The movie will soon start shooting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as required by law, the faculty and students have to be made aware of what is taking place on the campus.

It looks like Christopher Nolan will be staging a prison break, a riot, and a motorcycle driving through a building on the grounds of CMU.

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In a recent blog post by CMU, the staff and students were offered this update on The Dark Knight Rises, which gives away specific story details. Some might consider these details spoilers, others will think its not enough information as it barely scratched the surface of what we'll be seeing come July 20th, 2012.

Read on at your own risk:

Hollywood Comes to CMU

Carnegie Mellon will once again play host to Hollywood, when several scenes for a major motion picture by Warner Bros., currently using the working title "Magnus Rex," are filmed outside of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in late July, and inside and outside of the Mellon Institute in early August. Carnegie Mellon is working closely with the production company to ensure that the university and its students, faculty and staff will benefit from the movie-making experience with minimal disruption to normal operations. Here's the skinny on the filming dates, the scenes and parking and traffic restrictions.

Where and When

Scenes will be filmed outside the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the intersection of Dithridge and Henry streets from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31.

Scenes will be filmed outside of the Mellon Institute on the Fifth Ave. side from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, July 31, and inside of the Mellon Institute's fourth-floor entrance lobby on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3-4. Prep work for the filming will be taking place in both locations beginning July 11.

What Will Happen

Scenes outside the SEI, which will be portrayed as a prison, will include an explosion, a prison break, precision stunt driving, gunfire, atmospheric smoke, and controlled pyrotechnic explosions. scenes outside the Fifth Ave. entrance of Mellon Institute include a standoff between two rivals that escalates into a riot. One character drives a motorcycle through the fourth floor lobby, out the front doors and down the steps onto Fifth Ave. Special effects include precision stunt driving, gunfire and atmospheric smoke. for general questions about the filming, please contact Carrie Chisholm at [email protected]


SEI and Mellon Institute Operations: the SEI will be open during the filming on July 30-31, but few employees should be affected since it takes place on the weekend. The Mellon Institute will be open for business during filming on Aug. 3-4 although some areas will be closed to employees and the public, including the fourth-floor entrance lobby off of Fifth Ave., fourth floor elevator lobby and library. There will be no access to the building from the Fifth Ave. entrance from July 29 - Aug. 8, and employees are asked to use another entrance on these days.
SEI loading dock deliveries will be suspended from Friday, July 29 through Monday, Aug. 1."

To read specific locations and streets that will be closed to the public, CLICK HERE. Now, all you CMU students out there, don't hesitate to send us any secret spy video! We'll make sure to put it to good use.