Recognizable worldly locations and monuments play a huge role in filmmaking. Just like casting and directing, set locations and scenes can make or break a movie. How could we possibly recognize an alien attack without the destruction of The Statue of Liberty? Can we even consider the movie “action-packed” if someone or something didn’t go crashing through Big Ben’s face? Is it even a zombie movie if it didn’t depict an eerily quiet and empty metropolis?
As viewers, we rarely notice the film locations in movies or television programs. Often times, the character drama begs all of our attention and we can’t be bothered by a beautiful backdrop. Nowadays, scenic landscapes are painted in so much CGI they’re almost unrecognizable. That being said, if you look back at some of your favorite movies and TV shows, you’ll realize many are set in the same place.
Drastically different movies, from period pieces to epic hero films, share many of the same sets. Think about it: There are only so many castles, underground highways, and famous landmarks in the world. Is it really any surprise that some of the locations and sets from your favorite—and wildly diverse thematically—movies are filmed in the same locations?