Filming location

A filming location is a place where some or all of a film or television series is produced, in addition to or instead of using sets constructed on a movie studio backlot or soundstage.[1] In filmmaking, a location is any place where a film crew will be filming actors and recording their dialog. A location where dialog is not recorded may be considered as a second unit photography site. Filmmakers often choose to shoot on location because they believe that greater realism can be achieved in a "real" place; however, location shooting is often motivated by the film's budget. Many films shoot interior scenes on a sound stage and exterior scenes on location.

It is often mistakenly believed that filming "on location" takes place in the actual location in which its story is set, but this is not necessarily the case.

Black Dahlia Film Shoot 3
Location shoot for The Black Dahlia, June 2005, on Hollywood Boulevard.

Types of locations

There are two main types of locations.

Substitute locations

It is common for films or television series to be set in one place, but filmed in another, usually for reasons of economy or convenience, but sometimes because the substitute location looks more historically appropriate.

Some substitute filming locations, and the corresponding film setting, include:

Image gallery

Weird Science house north view

The house used in the 1985 teen film Weird Science as well as the 2001 films Not Another Teen Movie and Donnie Darko.

Ferris Bueller house northeast view

The house used in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The house was also used in the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie and the 2002 film Red Dragon.

American Pie house west view

The house used in the 1999 film American Pie.

Donnie Darko house northwest view

The house used in the 2001 film Donnie Darko.

Mount Carmel High School (Los Angeles) pic

Mount Carmel High School, the school was demolished at the end of Rock 'n' Roll High School.

See also


  1. ^ "What is a filming location?". Retrieved April 8, 2013.

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