Hollywood Film Location Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by film. Or to be more specific about it, I’ve been fascinated by the numerous places, locations, and landmarks featured on film! After all, we all know that the large majority of movies aren’t real, accurate, or totally honest, yet at the same time we do know that their physical locations are real, in part, or else we wouldn't be able to see them on the big or small screen. So, to figure out where some of these film locations are actually situated, I’ve analyzed as many as I can without forgetting to take note if an interior scene matched-up with an exterior scene, all for the sake of continuity.

And what did I find out? Well, more often than not, no, some movies weren’t made in the places they alluded to, name wise, because of time constraints, budget constraints, or any other type of constraint placed upon them related to permits, weather, or what-not. Come to think of it, there are some filmmakers out there who are so God damn lazy to find an appropriate film location, they’d double one place for another, such as Los Angeles and New York. Not every filmmaker though, because quite a few try their best to be as truthful as possible. In fact, some of them try to be so truthful, and so physically accurate, that sometimes this can act in detriment to the cast and the crew. 

Way Down East - D W Griffith
Case in point, back in the 1920s, the Hollywood pioneer, D W Griffith, made a film called ‘Way Down East’ where he had to shoot a scene situated alongside an icy-water-floe. Now please remember that during the silent era the concept of filmmaking was in its infancy and took a lot more time and effort to finally produce. So, despite scouting the country and finding two fitting film locations -- situated in White River Junction, Vermont, and Mamaroneck, New York -- D W and his crew still managed to run into one major problem: The icy water was so-so icy that it made things very-very difficult to shoot. So much so, that at least three members of the cast suffered from frostbite for the rest of their lives, while D W himself was completely frostbitten on one side of his face!

Ouch! That must have hurt, and goes to show how much you can learn about a film just by finding out where it was physically made. Have you ever been interested in something like this? If so, then please check out the following interactive film map created by Orbitz, the all in one travel shop. All you have to do is to slide the screen to whatever region you want to see more of and then select the highlighted film location from those available. You also have the option to filter the map by movie genre (such as action, sci-fi, and comedy) as well as travel interest (such as road trip, beach holiday, and city break), which makes the map easy to use and very user-friendly. So when you’ve got the time please give it a whirl and tell me what you think about it in the comment section below. Go on, scram! Move your mouse to a movie-themed milestone and mark your mincers on where it was made.


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