Most of the Hopkins locations come right at you in the opening of the film. In the beginning sequence, Mark Zuckerberg's girlfriend breaks up with him in a Cambridge bar. He dashes back to Kirkland House, his dorm, where he creates a geek-sexist "hot or not" program called "Facemash" as revenge.
He ran up the steps between Wyman and Keyser quads — an image that roused applause from Hopkins students at advance screenings. And Latrobe Hall doubled for Kirkland House.
Hopkins provided backdrops for a couple of other pivotal scenes. Director David Fincher staged a major outdoor tete-a-tete between Zuckerberg and his best friend, Eduardo Saverin ( Andrew Garfield) — in which Zuckerberg is comically oblivious to the cold — at the service entrance for AMR 1.
And Shaffer Hall masqueraded as the Harvard building where Zuckerberg faced a disciplinary board for inadvertently crashing the school's computers with Facemash. Director David Fincher thought that Shaffer's portico had a geometric, Teutonic look, and it tickled him. During shooting he told me, "It's a bit like 'Albert Speer does Colonial' — not a bad look to have when you're filming a guy coming out of a meeting with people who have put him on probation."