This might shock you, but many movies are not filmed on location. Yeah. Sometimes they’re filmed in completely different countries. Sorry, but it’s time you knew. This map from Paramount Studios, produced in 1927, showed investors where movies could shoot, instead of going to the actual places. Does your movie take place in Venice, Italy? No problem, head down to southern California. How about the Mississippi River? Check out the Sacramento River.
[via A Whole Lotta Nothing]
This is awesome. I grew up in LA, and quite often when I watch a movie I’ll see locations, or just general scenery, that I recognize from home. It can make it a bit hard to keep myself in the movie, but it is kind of fun.
Doesn’t “on location” just meant “not in a studio,” not “shot in the same place the story takes place?”
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“You know what’s remarkable? It’s how much England looks in no way like Southern California”
Name that none too obscure movie..
Why “Austin Powers, Gold Member” of course. And yes ” on location” just means not on a sound stage.
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In the old days Venice, CA was pretty cool & way different than the rest of LA, and the Sacramento Delta around Locke is amazing. A film like Touch of Evil uses LA as a foreign location best, for obvious reasons.
speaking of which. it looks like the tables have been turned recently. Captain America will be filming in London:
Seems semi-appropriate; certainly more appropriate than shooting in the United States. Captain America’s story is one which takes place during World War II in Europe; he was a Nazi fighter.
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It must be the good old days when the Salinas River can fill in for the Nile.
If you ever go to Point Lobos, they will tell you all the movies it filled in for over the years — from Evangeline to Rebecca. Made me understand why the coast part looked so bare. On the other hand, it seems to be the case that before movies it was Robert Louis Stevenson’s inspiration for the topography of Treasure Island.
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