The Oscar Awards ceremony is tomorrow so you may be busy catching up on the nominated movies. As you watch a movie you may have wondered where the story was actually filmed. Often a quick Internet search to a site such as IMDB will give you the location of where a movie was filmed.
But what about the reverse? What if you visit a place that seems familiar and you want to know if a movie was ever filmed there?
Edmund Helmer, a statistics masters student at Stanford Univeristy wondered exactly that, plus some. He spent hours tracking down movie locations for films in the past 100 years on IMDB and then plotted them on Google Maps. You can search his map here: BoxOfficeQuant 100 Years of Movie Locations.
Warning: This site is addictive. Leave plenty of time to peruse your favorite places.
Helmer’s map includes the top 2001 movies on IMDB from 100 years (1910-2010) in 9736 locations. While some locations are general, such as Iceland or the State of Florida, others are quite specific. In some cases, Helmer tells you the street, building and scene where a scene was filmed.
A visit to London on the map shows a high concentration of movies filmed in the area. Fans of Harry Potter, James Bond, Rocky Horror, The Social Network, Austin Powers and many other films will have fun exploring the English countryside peppered with dots.
Anyone who has ever seen the movies Rocky or Philadelphia knows that the City of Brotherly Love is the home to many movie locations. M. Night Shyamalan, a resident of the Philadelphia area, has shot movies such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village, and Signs in the area. But you may surprised to learn that Dead Poet’s Society, Jersey Girl, Marley and Me, and Lovely Bones were filmed in the region as well.
Before you head out on your next vacation, check the map to see if you can find any movie locations at your destination. Who knows? The hotel where you’re staying may be the location of one of your favorite movies!
So if you’re interested in movie locations, have a look at this site. If you start now, you may or may not be able to pull yourself away in time for the Oscars!
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