There are so many movies that are filmed in locations I would love to see with my own eyes and of course take pictures of. Those I listed on the right side of my blog are only a few of just such movies, using a mix of historical and natural places. Below are two photos I took at Independence Hall a few years ago. Besides the history, this stairway is featured in the scene of “National Treasure,” as Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) and his friends go in search for clues to the treasure.
I’m hoping to go on a movie tour in Philadelphia soon, which covers a great deal of other movies filmed in the area. Of course, as my list of movies shows, my favorite locations on the silver screen go beyond the local scene.
A few days ago, “Rebel Without A Cause” aired on the Turner Classic Movies in honor of Dennis Hopper. If I ever get the chance to visit California, Griffith Observatory is on my list of sites to see. It was a great setting for the teen characters that James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo played in the main roles. Griffith Observatory seems to be a very popular filming location, also featured in “Transformers.”
Within the past week or so, I saw an article online about Astoria, Oregon…home of one of my favorites when I was younger, “The Goonies.” The article was about tours focused on the locations used in that movie. Well, besides being featured in a favorite 80’s movie, I’d like to visit that area for its dramatic coastal views.
The 2010 remake of “The Wolfman,” was added onto my list of favorite film locations just from seeing the trailers. I loved the spooky, atmospheric scenes set in late 1800’s England and couldn’t wait to see the movie. I actually didn’t see it until today, but it was worth the extra wait. The filmmakers did a great job with the look and feel of the classic monster tale, with haunting scenes indoors and out. My love of old architecture, historic settings, and even those with an eerie vibe to them draw me to film locations like those in “The Wolfman.” The same goes for many other movies filmed in the British Isles.
I consider myself to be a growing fan of movies, with new interests watching not only the blockbusters, but indie films and documentaries. No matter what the genre, I find many film locations used that I would love to see. When it comes to movies in general, I feel that they inspire people in some way or another. They definitely inspire me in terms of travel and places that I would love to do photography.