Some people travel to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Others venture halfway across the globe to sit at Michelin starred restaurants and savour gastronomic delights. For film fans, whenever travelling, the one thing of interest is movie locations.
With movies using sights around the globe, and thanks to all the information on the internet, it now easier than ever to find film locations when travelling. Obviously, it helps to have a good video streaming app on your phone, to check and make sure you are at the correct place. It also makes for a cool photo opportunity where you can take a selfie that includes you holding a phone with the movie scene in the front, and the actual location in the background.
Here are four places around the globe where several directors have filmed their movies
London has been extensively covered in films and tv series for decades. The iconic London Eye shot from the sky is oh-so-popular, especially in disaster films where it is, more often than not, shown falling in the Thames River. Notting Hill is another charming little area, the perfect location for romantic comedies or to create a more eccentric environment in a movie. One fascinating aspect of London is that it suits action, adventure, and feel-good movies equally. Some of the films that have used the city as a location include, Attack the Block, Spectre, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Love Actually, Fast and the Furious 6, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Harry Potter.
New York is the equivalent of London, across the pond. The city has a vibrant culture that attracts filmmakers to shoot at its many iconic locations. Central Park for one is a famous sight, as is Times Square, Empire State Building, and Grand Central station. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, Home Alone 2, Ghostbusters, and Taxi Driver are but a few legendary films that take place in New York.
The eternal beauty of Switzerland attracts filmmakers from across the globe. Whether it is the thrill of the Swiss Alps, the omnipresent romance in the air, or the country’s natural splendour, Switzerland is the perfect background for any film. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Point Break, Angels and Demons, and even Start Wars Episode III are some of the well-known films to have been shot in the country. Interestingly, Switzerland is a favourite with Bollywood, and there have been countless blockbusters from India based here. DDLJ, Krrish 3, Agent Vinod, War, and Kick 2 are a few of the many Bollywood films that have scenes in Switzerland.
One of the more exotic film locations, Istanbul has become a favourite with Hollywood directors and producers, recently. Amongst the most popular places in the city is the Grand Bazar. The line of shops connected through small lanes gives the bazaar a rather atmospheric charm, perfect for a chase or a meeting point in a thriller. In fact, off late, the rooftop of the Grand Bazaar has been a point of interest in many Hollywood films. Some of the most famous movies to use Istanbul as a backdrop are Taken 2, Skyfall, Argo, and the latest Charlie’s Angels.