Wellington has become the backdrop of a recently released big-budget advertisement.
United States telecommunications company Verizon shot the commerical, which features people running through Wellington streets with white and red sparklers recording the experience on their Verizon phones.
Several central city streets were closed for for the early-June filming, including Willis St, Lambton Quay, Abel Smith St and Ghuznee St.
Filming also involved helicopter activity to capture a bird's eye view of the city for the final scene.
The commercial was directed by Garth Davis, who also directed two large-scale advertisements, Shadow Puppets and Fish, in Wellington for the company US Cellular.
Dozens of Wellington extras feature in the commercial after a casting call was put out.
It aired on ABC Family in the US yesterday.
- The Dominion Post