Quaint downtown Gilbert became the background for a futuristic film project today. A 45-member film crew is shooting a post-apocalyptic film called "Thor's Hammer" as part of a master's thesis project for Scottsdale Community College instructor Eric Sundt.

The crew braved the summer heat to shoot scenes in front of Gilbert landmarks like Joe's Real BBQ, the Gilbert Barber Shop and inside the Farmhouse Restaurant.

Curious passersby asked crew members what they were up to and cars slowed on Gilbert Road to see the action.

Unit production manager Lewis Herrera said the town and businesses were cooperative in accommodating the crew.

The crew is filming the movie through Sunday across the Valley, including Phoenix, Tonopah, Apache Junction, Mesa and Avondale.

Sundt will study audience reactions to the film, which will depict a world in which corporations have taken over everything and a protagonist must unite workers against them, Herrera said.

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