This picture is taken from the Pfaender mountain in the state of Vorarlberg, in western Austria, down to Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) and the town of Bregenz. This view takes in what is known as the ‘four-country region’ of neighbouring countries that border the lake — Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Apart from the mountain the region includes orchards and vineyards, historical buildings from the Early Middle Ages to the opulent Baroque and modern architecture, rural idyll, picturesque villages and busy towns, as well as castles and World Culture Heritage Sites. For cross-border film projects, the close proximity of the different countries makes it possible to mix film funding. Films to have featured this area include A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011) and Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008).
This small and picturesque Spanish maritime city is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, just under 30 minutes by car from France. Internationally renowned for its gastronomy, it also offers a wide variety of locations and experienced crews — and so is one of the preferred cities for Spanish film producers. French production Mes Trésors (Pascal Bourdiaux, 2016), starring Jean Reno, was set here and it was also the location for Loreak (Flowers; Jose Mari Goenaga and Jon Garano, 2014), the Basque-language film submitted as Spain's entry for the 2015 Oscars.
Photo, courtesy of Donostia – San Sebastián Turismo & Convention Bureau www.sansebastianturismo.com
Istanbul is a thriving modern city but with a rich history that is testament to the many cultures that have lived and do live here. Previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium, the city strides the continents of Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus, a beautiful and busy strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. The movement of people across continents and the positioning of the city has left many landmarks including Mediterranean, Ottoman and Byzantine architecture, bazaars churches, mosques — including the Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest in the city. Many films have used the backdrop of this exciting city, including: From Russia With Love (Terence Young, 1963); Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978); The World Is Not Enough (Michael Apted, 1999); Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011); Taken 2 (Olivier Megaton, 2012); Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012); Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012); and Inferno (Ron Howard, 2016).
Photo, courtesy Barbara J Miller, LMGI
Half Dome, Yosemite
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinctive shape. The Half Dome features in Valley Uprising (Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, 2014) about the climbers who carved out a counter-culture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service. Shot on location in the Park, the film tells the story of the bold rock climbing tradition in Yosemite National Park — half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and against the laws of the land.
Photo, courtesy Lori Balton, LMGI
C2 Cattle Company, Eagle Point, Oregon US
C2 Cattle Company is a 10,000-acre ranch located 25 mins east of Medford, Oregon. This is a film-friendly location offering a variety of terrains and landscapes including two private lakes, year-round streams, rolling grasslands, mixed-oak woodlands and mountain forests. Also available are many private roads, farm structures and homes. An added asset is a herd of 1,000 cattle and more than 15 horses. A John Deere Gator commercial was shot here.
Photo, courtesy Denise V Collins, LMGI
The Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Gran Canaria
This spectacular stretch of 400 ha of dunes was designated a national park in 1994. You can only cross the dunes on foot or by camel and they provide a habitat for a number of rare plant species which share the arid environment with lizards and rabbits. At the western end of this nature reserve is El Oasis, which is bordered by La Charca, the remains of a sea-water lagoon bordered with palm trees, a stop-off for many species of migratory birds from Europe on their route to Africa – and site of Faro de Maspalomas, a lighthouse built in 1886. The dunes offer wonderful light, and give the feeling of being in the middle of the desert but with infrastructure, including resorts and hotels, very close by. Films shot here include Wild Oats (Andy Tennant, 2016); Corporation Earth (David Xarach, 2015); and Wax: We Are The X
Harbourside Place is a new waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center in Jupiter, a town located in Palm Beach County. The property is new and is only now being discovered for as a location for TV series, movies, commercials and photo shoots. It offers a coastal setting, rooftop views, waterfront, marina, dockside dining, undeveloped parkland to the north, and public access to the luxurious waterfront community of Riverwalk. Palm Beach County stretches from Florida’s Atlantic coast into the state’s rural centre and includes the northern edge of Everglades National Park. Its coastline has numerous golf courses and sandy beaches. Of the area’s many mansions, industrialist Henry Flagler’s grand 1902 mansion, in the town of Palm Beach, is now a museum.
Photo, courtesy Discover The Palm Beaches
Painted staircase, Seoul, South Korea
This picture was taken on a fam trip sponsored by the Seoul Film Commission. Street murals brighten up neighbourhoods, whether they are in cities like capital Seoul or rural villages and public buildings or universities. However they have to be found and recorded to be useful to filmmakers. Many Korean TV dramas and films have used Seoul as a location. International shoots include: The Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy, 2012); Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015); and Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin, 2016).
Photo, courtesy Lori Balton, LMGI
Railroad Bridge, Woolridge Pennsylvania, US
This railroad bridge, near the city of Lock Haven, crosses the Susquehanna River. Lock Haven is the county seat of Clinton County and the area is well known for its lumber and paper-mill industries. The forested areas include white pine and hemlock as well as oak, ash, maple, poplar, cherry, beech and magnolia. The wood was used locally for houses, shingles, canal boats, and wooden bridges; and whole logs were floated to Chesapeake Bay and on to Baltimore to make spars for ships. The area has hosted film shoots, including Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme, 1993) and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (Michael Bay, 2009).
Photo, courtesy John Hutchinson, LMGI
San Francisco Skyline
This photo is taken from Twin Peaks in San Francisco. There have been countless TV series, commercials and movies shot here. The location affords outstanding views of the San Francisco skyline and a wonderful feeling of either entering the city or leaving the city that is unmatched in other locations. For these reasons it is a benchmark location for the San Francisco Bay Area. The shooting of high-profile films in the Bay Area dates back to 1923’s The Fog directed by Paul Powell and Mildred Harris. Since then there have been features shot here most years including Parent Trap (Nancy Meyers, 1998), Memoirs Of A Geisha (Rob Marshall, 2005), Big Sur (Michael Polish, 2013) and San Andreas (Brad Peyton, 2015). It could be argued that the TV series starring Michael Douglas and Karl Malden, The Streets Of San Francisco (1972- 77) is what put the city on the world map.
Photo, courtesy Jof Hanwright / scout911.com
St George's Hall, Liverpool
St George’s Hall is regarded as one of the world’s finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture. The building has a large ballroom, a concert room, two courtrooms and many more locations, all under one roof and available for filming. Over the years the building has been shot as New York, London, Rome and Moscow and with its own dedicated parking, filming is very easy to facilitate. TV drama series Foyle’s War (2002-15) and Peaky Blinders (2013-), the film In the Name Of The Father (Kim Steridan,1993), British soaps Coronation Street and Hollyoaks and a Coca Cola commercial are among the many productions shot there. A recent movie to use the location is the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (David Yates, 2016).
Photo, courtesy Liverpool Film O ce
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Bilbaou
On the headland of a small rocky peninsula that juts out into the sea, between Bakio and Bermeo, rises the magical chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Its unusual history includes strange tales of the Knights Templar and Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have conquered the promontory. It is connected to the coast by a stone bridge and a walk of 231 stone steps, and wonderful views that can be seen from the top. Another legend recounts that if you ring the chapel bell three times you will attract good luck and ward off evil spirits. Productions to have taken place in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe include Gernika (Koldo Serra, 2015) and numerous commercials.
Photo, courtesy San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Biscay. Bilbao Bizkaia Film Commission
Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
The Auditorio de Tenerife offers a variety of spaces, including its Main or Symphonic Hall and the Chamber Music Hall, both versatile and technically fully equipped any kind of presentations. It also has an impressive 1200 sq m open Main Hall, with a press room, shop and cafeteria. Level two of the building has two spacious terraces and two outdoor plazas, one of which has an impressive view of the ocean, just a few meters away. A spectacular structure created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is film-friendly, equipped to host any type of production and its management is quick to respond to requests from producers. Car commercials for BMW and Lexus have shot here, as well as stills shoots for Microsoft and fashion chain C&A.
Photo, courtesy Auditorio de Tenerife
Douro Valley, Portugal
The Douro Valley is one of the wildest, most mountainous and rugged wine regions in Portugal, cut through in deep twists and turns by the River Douro. Defying gravity on the steep slopes along the banks of the river and its tributaries, vines that produce world-renown port wine are planted in schistous soil. The Douro Valley Portal aims to promote tourism in the area located in the North of Portugal, extending from the city of Porto to the eastern border, where port wine is produced at the distinctive wine estates.
Photo, courtesy Ken Haber, LMGI
The Armadillo, Glasgow, Scotland
The River Clyde forms the main historic artery through the city of Glasgow and features a wealth of striking modern architecture, historical bridges and cityscapes. This particular river view is widely used for establishing shots and GVs. In the foreground is the SECC Clyde Auditorium, a venue for events, conferences, concerts and theatrical productions. Affectionately known as The Armadillo, it was created by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners. The banks of the river and adjoining city streets have played host to many features and TV dramas, including Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013), Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013), Baar Baar Dekho (Nitya Mehra, 2016), American-British TV series Outlander and upcoming BBC drama Rillington Place.
Photo, courtesy Stephen Hosey, Glasgow City Council – Graphics
Muslim Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world — archeologists have found remains from 7,000 years ago — and in that time has been fought over many times but remains a vibrant city with a constant stream of visitors. The walled Old City, with its maze of narrow alleyways and historic buildings, is traditionally divided into four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Armenian. The Muslim quarter is in the northeastern sector. One of the most photogenic, is also the most populous and largest at around 76 acres. Films shot in Jerusalem include: Exodus (Otto Preminger, 1960); Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993); documentaries Religulous (Larry Charles, 2008) and Patti Smith: Dream Of Life (Steven Sebring, 2008); and TV series Homeland (2011).
Photo, courtesy Barbara J Miller, LMGI
Devil’s Wall Ridge, Thale, Germany
The Devil’s Wall Ridge is in the northern foothills of the Harz mountains, close to the town of Thale. The Harz Mountains are a relatively low range of rocky wilderness sites and peaks in the middle of Germany. This ridge extends about 20 kilometres, and in parts is protected as a nature reserve. The unique environment has given rise to many myths of witches and devils and it has been popular as a filming location, particularly for medieval scenes. Recent films using the area include: 1 1/2 Knights - In Search Of The Ravishing Princess Herzelinder (Til Schweiger, Torsten Kuenstler, 2008); Pope Joan (Soenke Wortmann, 2009); Black Death (Christopher Smith, 2010); The Physician (Philipp Stoelzl, 2013); Bibi & Tina - Der Film (Detlev Buck, 2014); and Bibi & Tina: Mädchen Gegen Jungs (Detlev Buck, 2016). Also German TV series Pfarrer Braun (2003-) has filmed here.
Photo, courtesy dk-fotowelt/Fotolia.com
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Fushimi Inari Taisha is a particularly well-known and photogenic site because the shrine grounds are home to thousands of red torii gates — called the Senbon Torii — which frame the trails behind its buildings. The trails follow a four-kilometre path up to Mount Inari and can take hours to explore in-depth. Fushimi Inari is the main shrine dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. More than 30,000 other shrines to this god are said to exist throughout Japan, but Fushimi Inari Taisha is by far the most famous. Inari is also the patron of business, so each of the wooden torii has been donated by a business, with the year and name carved into the gate. The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick, 2003) filmed in the nearby Nijo Castle, and Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) filmed in Kyoto’s Heian Shrine.
Photo, courtesy Peter Gluck, LMGI
Dumont Dunes, San Bernardino County
Dumont Sand Dunes are located approximately 30 miles north of Baker, CA and cover some 8,150 acres of open area. The elevation at Dumont ranges from about 700 feet at the river crossing to 1200 feet on the top of Comp Hill. From one end to the other Dumont is between three and four miles long and around 1.3 miles wide. The dunes range from small rollers to large razorbacks and bowls.
Films shot here include include The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Tim Story, 2007),
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (Stephen Sommers, 2009), GI Joe: Retaliation (Jon M. Chu, 2013), Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (Gore Verbinski, 2007) and Land of the Lost (Brad Silberling, 2009). The terrain is also perfect for car commercials: brands to have shot here include Jeep, Ford, GM and Honda.
Photo, courtesy Geoff Juckes, LMGI
This picture shows the Rex cinema in Downtown Pensacola. It was opened as a cinema in the 1930’s and since then has had a series of resurrections and demises ranging from an alehouse to a concert hall. In the late 1980′s, the Rex closed its doors and was in danger of becoming an eyesore to the downtown community. At the end of 2012, Harvest Outreach acquired the Rex and made plans to restore it to a theater once again. In March 2015, the Rex was re-opened and is now a venue for Harvest Church services and events, small-scale live theatre, movies, concerts, and other special events. Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County. It is surrounded by natural beauty and offers historic sites, a temperate climate and a warm welcome to film crews. Movies shot there include Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye (Elizabeth Watkins, 2012), World Traveler (Bart Freundlich, 2001) and Jaws 2 (Jeannot Szwarc, 1978); TV series shot here include Prison Break.
Photo, courtesy Mark Indig, LMGI
Delta Works, Zeeland, The Netherlands
In the southwestern area of The Netherlands around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta there are a number of construction projects that protect the land from the sea. The dams, sluices and storm-surge barriers aim to reduce the number of dikes needed further inland. Included are 65 concrete pillars, varying from 30 to 40 metres high, which form part of the defence with 62 sliding panels. The pillar in the picture serves as example of the best of modern industrial Dutch design and, along with Zuiderzee Works, Delta Works has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Photo, courtesy Netherlands Film Commission
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota, US
The Fort Pierre National Grasslands in South Dakota, located right in the centre of the state, is a classic American, mainly short-grass, prairie location. The grassland is split by Highway 83, with two-thirds to the east and one third to the west, and is popular for outdoor pursuits including hunting and fishing. The prairie is just a few miles south of the state capital city of Pierre which stands on the Missouri river opposite Fort Pierre, which was established in 1832 as a trading post and fort.
Close to this spot is the ranch which was a primary location for Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1990), which also shot in other areas of South Dakota including the Badlands and the Black Hills.
Photo, courtesy Rebecca Cruse, South Dakota Arts Council
United Nations, New York, US
Standing on the eastern shore of New York’s Manhattan Island, on the banks of the East River, the 18-acre United Nations Headquarters has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline since its completion in 1952. The General Assembly Building is a sloping structure with concave sides topped with a shallow dome. In the Assembly Hall all 1,898 seats are equipped with earphones for translations into the six official languages ¬– Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The interpreters sit in glass-walled booths overlooking the Hall. Television and film cameramen, broadcasters and other information personnel, and official verbatim reporters occupy similar booths.
Filming includes: the exterior in North By Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959); Live And Let Die (Guy Hamilton, 1973); and The French Minister (Bertrand Tavernier, 2013). And the building was a main character in The Interpreter (Sydney Pollack, 2005).