10 Real-World Filming Locations You Really Need To Visit

How many of you knew that LV-223 from 2010's Prometheus was actually just Hekla in Iceland, or that Mars in John Carter was actually the Mojave desert? There's a wealth of shooting locations you can visit yourself.

Shooting on location is one of the best parts of making a film. It allows you to get out of the studio and away from the blandness of pre-built sets, and it just gives you a whole new epic feel to the production. Audiences can always tell the difference - no matter what producers think - and they know when a jungle is real and when it's fake. Bigger budgets mean that production companies can now afford to send crews halfway across the world to make a film instead of being limited to Los Angeles or the surrounding areas. As a result of that, we're increasingly seeing films being shot in the actual locations they're set in, instead of one place doubling for another. The James Bond movies were some of the first films to really utilise location shooting for their exotic locales and often shot in places that required little-to-no set dressing. That's what we'll be taking a look at in this article - film locations that you can visit and they essentially look the same as they do in the films. There's no point visiting a film location to find it looks nothing like it does on screen. All of these locations are easily accessible, though it might cost you quite a bit of money to visit them all.
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3rd Year Film and Television Production student at Edge Hill University. Writer of "Stockton's Last Stand" and screenwriter/director of "Hunted" and "Spyfail 2: The Search for Spyfail 1". I also do stand-up comedy sometimes... I'm told I'm marginally funny.