You will wonder where all the breath-taking sceneries are located in the most popular movie series and sequels these days. Sometimes you even wonder if they existed. Sure, some are constructed from a Hollywood studio, but over the years, there are actually numerous locations in the world that have been frequently featured in popular movies of today. Although some of the movies depict certain countries (like France in Les Miserables) but some scenes were actually shot in the Czech Republic. Here are the top five countries often featured in blockbuster films.
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Prague has been featured in movies here and there. But starting 1992, the quaint and scenic place has caught the eye of U.S. movie producers. It does help that production costs are relatively low in this place, but also, it was due to the very idyllic settings for the plots in the movies that the Hollywood studios have aimed to add special effects to their films. Movies like Snowpiercer, The Last Knights and Child 44 were filmed here. Bigger productions though have gone to Prague to save on costs – those of the likes of Doom, Van Helsing, Alien vs. Predator and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The biggest productions were that of Hellboy, Snow White: Tale of Terror, Les Miserables, Mission Impossible in 1996 and of course, who can forget – Casino Royale.
Filming in Scotland primarily is due to its stunning landscape, the towns and villages that have seemed to jump out from a post card, and yes, the country boasts of elegant castles and amazing beaches. So who wouldn’t film in Scotland, right? Speaking of castles, who can forget the Eilean Donan Castle featured as the MI6 Headquarters in the famous James Bond installment, The World is Not Enough? The same castle was used in the film, Highland in 1984, starring Sean Connery.
Who can forget the Harry Potter scenes of the Highlands, the Jacobite train (featured as the famous Hogwarts Express) and the quaint alleys of the local places? How about the breathtaking sceneries of Braveheart starring Mel Gibson?
Other famous films that have made Scotland their home venue include the Chariot of Fire in 1981, Entrapment in 1999, The Davinci Code, Captain America: The First Avenger, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, the Disney animated film, Brave, James Bond’s Skyfall and of course, World War Z starring Tom Cruise, among many other films.
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Another country with amazing scenery is New Zealand. And it has been home to international film locations. And why would it not be? Film studios going to New Zealand have a wide variety of locations. In the last decade, New Zealand has experienced a significant increase in film productions in their locality. And for good reason. Everyone can still recall the sceneries in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – well, most of it has been filmed in the beautiful outskirts of New Zealand. After being ‘discovered’ in the said monster movie trilogy hit, the country has been in demand for film production location. Other huge films such like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Last Samurai were also filmed in this location.
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In Asia, China is the haven for breathless sceneries in movies like Avatar, and of course, hundreds of traditional and modern Asian films or Hollywood movies with Asian themes. The most popular are the films starring Bruce Lee. Until today, everyone is still amazed at the sceneries in all the movies that were produced by the Jet Kun Do founder. Other blockbuster hits like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Last Emperor, Kung Fu Hustle, Mission Impossible III, The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Forbidden Kingdom, Once Upon a Time in China and its sequels and The Karati Kid among many others. There is just that mystique and oriental touch to the Asian scenery in China – majestic mountains, chinese bamboos, lush green meadows, and of course, the Great Wall of China.
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Needless to say, the United States is of course the most popular choice of location for movie production. And why not? It is the home of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. In New York alone, movie blockbusters like Spiderman, Sex and the City, Wallstreet, the Wolf of Wallstreet, Home Alone 2, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Men in Black and Godzilla were shot in the iconic streets and areas of the city. All iconic movies that have shaped the entertainment industry from all genres have been produced, filmed and developed. It is the home of film making itself.
Now, wouldn’t it be something to be in these countries and reminisce the great movies that have been filmed there? It would definitely be a nostalgic moment for you even if it were just remembering your favorite movies while you are roaming the streets and countryside of these places.
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