These days, it’s difficult to imagine any TV or film backdrop being real. CGI effects have seemingly taken over real-life filming locations. So why would Hollywood producers build an alien world, or fly an entire film crew to a different country to shoot a film when they can use green screens, matte paintings, CGI, and miniature models? Well, it turns out that not everything that we see is fake. Here are some fan-favorite films that used actual real-life locations.
“The Shining” was one of those classic, edge-of-your-seat films that will haunt our dreams forever.
The actual hotel where some of the exterior hotel scenes were shot is real. It’s located on Mount Hood in Northern Oregon, and it’s called the Timberline Lodge. But the long hallways and the eerie outdated decorum was filmed in Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England.
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When Wes Anderson was looking for the right locale for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” he went shopping.
It turns out that the hotel lobby scenes shown in the film aren’t really a hotel at all. It’s a department store in Gorlitzer, Germany. And given the magnificence of the staircases, it’s easy to see why Anderson chose this as the venue for his film.
It’s hard to imagine anything being real from the film “Star Wars Episode 2: The Clone Wars.”
The capital of Naboo where Anakin Skywalker and Padme took a stroll through is a real place. The scene was shot in Plaza de España in Seville, Spain. The area is considered a historical landmark. So, if you’re ever in Spain, come to Naboo. Sorry, Seville.
The shark used for “JAWS” wasn’t real, but the town where the movie was filmed was totally legit.
The entire film was practically shot on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. If you want to visit, you just need to take an Island Queen ferry that travels from Falmouth, Massachusetts to the tiny island. Once you get there, you can explore the town, but steer clear of the water, just in case.