No matter how advanced technology will get, you simply cannot replace the need for a real location to shoot a movie, and it has to be beautiful one and of course relating to the story or script of the movie. Filmmakers spend a long time scouting perfect locations.
I’ll be listing the most beautiful locations used for most Hollywood blockbuster movies, take a look.
- HANAPEPE VALLEY, KAUAI, HAWAII
The very first on my list. Hanapepe is a colorful place, so close to nature with its ever green surroundings and breath of fresh water coming from around the island.
Some parts of Jurassic Park, directed by one of the most legendary directors of all time, Steven Spielberg were shot on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
The scenes featuring the helicopter rides and waterfalls took place at Manawaiopuna Falls (also known as Jurassic Falls) located in Hanapepe Valley near the Na Pali Coast.
Though many of the locations of the island are unapproachable to tourists, helicopter rides are obtainable, to land on the very secluded and sequestered falls so tourists can explore and take photos.
With a humid climate and lush rainforests, Kauai is the most sequestered of islands in Hawaii with 80 percent of the land lying uninhabited by humans.
- MARTHA’S VINEYARD, US
Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts was used as a filming location to shoot the fictional resort town of Amity Island in Spielberg’s 1975 classic ‘Jaws’.
This prosperous summer colony which is accessible via boat and air only has many locations featured in the film: Joseph Sylvia State Beach is where one of the on-screen shark attacks takes place, while Amity Gazette Building in Edgartown is home to landmarks including the Jaws Bridge.
- SAVANNAH, USA
From the name, you can tell just how wonderful a place it’d be. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Forrest Gump’ you’ll notice a dreamy background. Since I last saw that movie I’ve been longing to visit the savannah and feed my eyes with such beauty.
The park bench is situated in Chippewa Square, Savannah, Georgia, where you can get a real taste of Forrest Gump’s version of American history.
Parts of South and North Carolina as well as Virginia were also featured in many movies as well.
- MATAMATA, NEW ZEALAND
Matamata is without doubt a place of beauty with its unique historical setting. It is the location used for majority of ‘Lord of the Rings’ over many years.
The sets used for Hobbiton in the Shire for both ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies remain intact just outside the country’s picturesque rural village, Matamata.
- THE ISLAND OF KO PHI PHI LEH, THAILAND
The island of Ko Phi Phi Leh is an island of the Phi Phi Archipelago, in the strait of Malacca in Thailand. When it comes to Hollywood filming locations it can’t get more sublime than this. This paradise-like island with its sugar-soft white sand and gleaming sea framed by magnificent mountains was the filming location of Alex Garland’s novel-turned film ‘The Beach’.
- 6. CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE, OXFORD, UK
This is where magic was made, the location used for one of the earliest magical movies in Hollywood known as Harry Porter. While we are still waiting for our Hogwarts’ letter, we can keep the magic alive by wandering to where the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was imagined. Christ Church College in Oxford was used for the fictional school’s stone staircase, and its design of the dining hall inspired Hogwarts’ Great Hall.
- TIMBERLINE LODGE, OREGON, US
The aforementioned name makes it sound like a very small secluded place especially when you put into account the lodge” attached to the name.
Nevertheless, the location has served as home to many horror movies. It was also used for the popular horror movie titled ‘The Shining’. The lodge was used as a filming location for the exterior shots while the Ahwahnee Hotel in California was the inspiration for the interiors in this psychological horror movie. Perched at an elevation of 6,000 feet in Mount Hood National Forest, the lodge is open to visitors.
- AMITYVILLE, NEW YORK, US
Going further with the horror theme, if Timberline Lodge didn’t scare you to bits, we have another ‘Amityville Horror’.
It is arguably the second most used location for Hollywood horror movies. Sometimes I when about downloading a horror movie I first check the location used, if its Amityville, then it’s definitely going to be creepy.
It is located 30 miles outside New York City, this Hollywood filming location is known as one of the scariest places in America. ‘Amityville Horror’ based on a novel by Jay Anson, tells the story of the Lutz family who move into a Dutch Colonial-style house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville but last only 28 days before leaving it.
- GRAND BAZAAR, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ‘Argo’ was shot in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest covered markets still in operation today. While in the movie the story took place in Iran, due to the difficulty of shooting there, the filmmakers had to use the chaotic, colorful bazaars and crowded streets of Istanbul as a substitute. Visit this Hollywood filming location which is incidentally the first-ever shopping mall ever built.
- AVATAR – HAWAII, US
A mindblowing mix of live-action and CGI sequences might’ve made ‘Avatar’ one of the biggest Oscar winners. But, you will be surprised to find out that the filmmakers shot the non-CGI scenes predominantly at Kauai’s Keahua Arboretum, a nature preserve surrounding the Wailua River.
- MEHRANGARH FORT, JODHPUR, INDIA
Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, is a massive fort located on a hill 400 feet above the city and is one of the largest forts in India. This is where Batman: The Dark Knight Rises was shot.
- LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Though widely known for its over crowdedness, it has proven to be a very beautiful place for movies, especially action movies. In fact Los Angeles is one of the most used locations for all types of Hollywood movies.