On Location Vacations


June 2007

Breaking News!

by Christine on June 28, 2007

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Exciting News! Filming has begun in New Haven for Indiana Jones 4.  As we reported earlier, location scouts had been in the area looking for locations and now the entire production has arrived and filming is under way.

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Breaking News!

by Christine on June 27, 2007

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Locations & Casting Call For the Next Potter Film

Attention Harry Potter fans! Possible locations and casting call information for Half-Blood Prince have been announced before Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has even hit theaters! Check out this link for more information and stay tuned, we will have more about the filming as it becomes available.

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NEWS 6.25.07

by Christine on June 25, 2007

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Tom Cruise’s Beliefs May Deter Filming

Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer have been working on securing locations for a film about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. Cruise is expected to play Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the officer who led the attempt. Cruise has been denied access to film at Germany’s military headquarters because the German Defense Minister feels that allowing Cruise to film in the building would seem like German recognition of Scientology. Cruise denies Scientology will have any effect on his filming in Germany.

LOTR Shout Out

Last night’s episode of The Flight of the Conchords on HBO featured a fictional showcase of countries from around the world including New Zealand. And Sure enough there was mention of Lord of the Rings and the set-jetters who tour the film’s locations. Set-Jetting has hit prime-time!

Die Hard in Baltimore

Here is one more article about the filming that took place in Baltimore for Live Free, Die Hard. There is also a link to a photo gallery of movies made in Maryland.

Mississippi May Be Expecting A-List Talent

Location scouts were in Natchez, Mississippi looking for possible locations for a new movie about Bonnie and Clyde. Reportedly, the independent film would feature A-list talent and would begin filming in the fall.

A Missouri Man Has a Brush with Hollywood, In His Own Home

M.A. Smith Sr. had scenes from the upcoming film, The Return, filmed in his home after location scouts sent a letter looking for possible locations. The film stars Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins.

Transformed into An Extra

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An extra gives a first hand account of filming for Transformers in Detroit.

 

Tour Movie Locations in Philly 

You can take a tour of movie locations in Philadelphia and best of all there is a stop at the Museum so you can run up the steps and do your best Rocky impersonation.

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NEWS 6.18.07

by Christine on June 18, 2007

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New Reality TV Shows Gritty Side of Upstate NY

The New York Times featured a story on the new reality show Confessions of a Matchmaker. Set in Buffalo, the show gives a glimpse of a tough city to match a tough star.  “Buffalo is the setting for Confessions of a Matchmaker tonight on A&E. Nobody will confuse that town with Hollywood, Manhattan or the castle on The Bachelor. Establishing shots show us a gritty, snowy industrial city in the unforgiving north, with a heroine to match.”  

Harry Potter Entices Set-Jetters

Britain is excited by the prospect of millions seeing the country in the next Harry Potter film. The country is hoping to lure tourists who want to capture the magic of Harry Potter by visiting locations made famous in the books and films.

 New Movie Set ‘On Location’

On location filming is the inspiration for Ben Stiller’s newest comedy. The story revolves around a group of actors on location filming a war movie when they discover the plot is becoming reality.

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Even Cartoons Have Cities Vying for Attention

Springfileds across the country are competing to play host to the premiere of the big screen version of The Simpsons.

Filming Begins in Small Town, PA

 Pottstown, PA is taking center stage as filming begins for a new film starring David Boreanaz. Our Lady of Victory is being filmed at the town’s high school and focuses on  the 1972 Immaculata College girls basketball team’s rise to the national championships.

More Areas Turn Their Attention to On Location Filming

The Location Guide’s June Newsletter explains that Film Commissioners are offering more incentives to both big and small productions. This is good news for set-jetters everywhere!

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Please Excuse Our Mess

by Christine on June 15, 2007

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Hey Everybody! As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we are making some changes around here (for the better we hope) so things are kind of a mess right now. Please bear with us and keep checking back! In a couple of weeks we should be back on track and better than ever!

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Africa’s Filming Locations

by Christine on June 15, 2007

in Travel Inspiration

The Darkest Thing About Africa Has Always Been Our Ignorance About It.”  -  George Kimble

Here at OLV we usually concentrate on filming in the U.S. but this month we have been inspired by Vanity Fair’s Africa Issue and have decided to  explore travel to some recent filming locations  in Africa.

We have chosen 2 recent films and one that is on the way to explore possible destinations. Blood Diamond and Hotel Rwanda were both filmed in South Africa.  Blood Diamond was filmed specifically in Port Edward.  Here is a wonderful article about the filming that brings to light how a movie production will often help the community it is filming in. The article notes that all props and clothes used in filming were given to local orphanages and the movie construction crew offered to build desks and chairs for local schools and orphanages. 

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We will also look at Morocco which was one of the locations used in the upcoming Bourne Ultimatum.

South Africa has become a must for celebrities and common-folk alike. Cape Town has become a luxury destination offering fine food and accomodations. There is so much to do in the immediate area, an aquarium, botanical gardens, shopping, a vibrant nightlife, and of course the waterfront.  One must while visiting is Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held from 1964 to 1982. As we can imagine, everyone who visits is moved by the experience. For more ideas, check out this link.

Port Edward, the location used in Blood Diamond is not quite as popular as Cape Town but it looks just as lovely. Located in KwaZulu Natal, there are several tours and resorts located in this region. Here is a resort in Port Edward and here is tour information from go2africa.com. For general information about what to do and see in Port Edward, try this site, who knew there would be a crocodile farm in South Africa?

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Morocco  may be slightly more familiar to many of us as a vacation destination. This exotic destination offers everything that makes a great trip, great food, adventure, and luxury accomodations. If you are planning a trip to Europe, Morocco may be a great detour since you can easily take a ferry to and from Spain. One of the most popular destinations in Morocco is Tangier. Tangier  was once a hot spot for celebrities and writers in the mid twentieth century and remains a popular tourist destination because it offers both beaches and a starting point to explore the Rif Mountains. We do not want to mislead you, there is some risk in traveling to Morocco, especially in light of recent terrorist attacks in Casablanca. Be sure to check any warnings from the U.S. Department of State before traveling to any foreign country.

We sometimes have a vision of Africa as a place filled with bloated children in extreme poverty swatting flies away from their face, what some call “the Sally Struthers effect” but this is not the case. Here is some practical information you need to know when traveling to Africa and also some affordable travel packages.  Here is some information about heath and safety when traveling to Africa from the U.S. consular office and a second link with useful information from about.com. This is a link to iexplore which offers an array of tours to Africa, from Safaris to Egypt to Cape Town, the prices are affordable and the trips are all inclusive. Here are packages for safaris from gotoafrica.com. United  also offers packages to Cape Town, South Africa, the prices seem reasonable, definitely worth a look.

We have one last point of interest for movie lovers. Africa is home to Fespaco, the continent’s largest film festival held every other year in Burkina Faso. Here is an article from VF describing more about African film and Danny Glover’s involvement. The article also mentions Ousmane Sembène, the Senegalese director who is considered the father of African cinema and creator of Fespaco. The next festival will be held in 2009 so there is still plenty of time to make arrangements if you are interested in going. Lonely Planet has some practical information about traveling to Burkina Faso. For instance, you will have to fly to Paris or Marseilles from the U.S. to get a connecting flight, to learn more check out their website.

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So What is OLV anyway?

by Christine on June 15, 2007

in Featured Essays

 OLV: Movies + Travel + Words + Art

On Location Vacations was born out of a shared love for travel and movies, a love that blends the two. We made several changes around here in the last few months but our main objective remains the same: we want this to be an online community for anyone who is inspired to travel by the movies they love. We want people to feel free to join our forums, share pictures, or ask for advice about a trip they are planning. We want to go beyond databases that can tell you where a movie was filmed, we want to create a community for travel lovers and movie buffs alike. We want to tell you how to get there, what to do once you get there and most importantly what has been filmed there.

We also want to look at all aspects of on location filming. We will be following all of the hot on set gossip, the impact filming has on local communities, what movies are filming now, and what is on the horizon. On location filming, we believe, gives local economies a great boost and introduces new landscapes to the rest of us.

We also feature essays that dig deeper into travel issues and preplanned road trips so you can just get in the car and go.  We are looking forwarded to growing and hopefully you will be along for the ride.

We eventually want the best travel writers writing thoughtful essays, not just about the fun stuff but about the issues facing the communities that we all want to see. We want to get reports from locations, we want to hear from the film commissioners, the stars, the locals, even the extras on set and hear what they have to say about the location. We want to go beyond the U.S. and feature special reports worldwide from Africa to Cambodia and beyond. Filming is happening all over the globe and we want to be there. We fundamentally believe there is no more important way to learn about the world than to see it.

Our long term plans include a non-profit agency that helps fund travel for underprivileged kids, an anthology of our best essays, and who knows, the Travel Channel may be on the horizon one day? We want to be the voice of on location travel.

Finally, we want to capture these locations in great pictures and we hope you do the same. We are starting a line of greeting cards and fine photography prints that will feature many of the locations discussed on OLV. We would also love for you to share the pictures you have of a film in progress or a special place you have been. We want to inspire you and hopefully you will inspire us!

One  last note. We are careful to cite all sources or images we use on this site. Please let us know if you see something you feel we are using without permission and we will correct it right away. We also make sure all information is accurate when we create a post but we recommend double checking any information (especially if making travel plans) because of course it may be subject to change. Finally, all information on the site is copyrighted.


 

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