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Has there ever been a movie or tv scene shot near where you live?

Asked by ucme (39903 points ) January 13th, 2010

Interesting to here accounts of location shooting that you either witnessed or heard of.

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Allie's avatar

A whole season of “Sorority Life” (MTV) was filmed in my town.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

fried green tomatoes.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

The Shining was filmed at the Stanley Hotel, about an hour from my house.

Ansible1's avatar

Keanu Reeves is shooting his new movie in my city right now. Thanks for shutting down the metro-rail, douche

OpryLeigh's avatar

Not where I live but where I work. A British TV programme (Bonekickers) was filmed in around the city and the University that I work at. A nice coincidence of this is that the programme starred my favourite British actress (Julie Graham) but I didn’t get to catch a glimpse of her unfortunately. It was probably for the best, at least I didn’t get the chance to make a complete dullard out of myself!!!

Michael_Huntington's avatar

A part of Vanilla sky was filmed around where my dad works. True story

TheLoneMonk's avatar

I lived in Boulder,CO on Pine Street when the series Mork and Mindy was on TV. They filmed a house down the street to use when showing Mindy’s home. Only a few scenes were shot in Boulder but I remember the trucks filming the house.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I was able to watch some of the filming of the movie “Raising Arizona” as the convenience store robbery scene in the movie was only about 5 miles from where I used to live.

ucme's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Redrum. Love that movie is the hotel really as isolated as it looks. Or just good editing?

erichw1504's avatar

Up In The Air was (partly) shot at Lambert Airport St. Louis and I live about 30 minutes from it. That’s the closest I can confirm.

CMaz's avatar

Currently or in our lives.

I lived in Hollywood. Enough said. :-)

ucme's avatar

@ChazMaz Either or just cherry pick, a select few will do!

rooeytoo's avatar

I live in the Northern Territory of Australia, the last 3 were Australia, Rogue and Black Water.

lilikoi's avatar

Yes, people give tours and have written books about the myriad of movies filmed in Hawaii. LOST was filmed on the island I am currently living on, and I have heard the worst things about them – people who have worked with them or have encountered their “sets” have said things like they do not clean up after themselves, they make a mess and leave it, they are disrespectful and think that because they are filming a popular TV show they are God, they are flat out rude.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@ucme It’s not isolated at all. It’s part of a very popular mountain town, and surrounded by many other homes, businesses, and other establishments.

Nullo's avatar

A fair portion of George Clooney’s “Up in the Air” was filmed in St. Louis. And there was a disaster movie out some years ago that demolished the Gateway Arch.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

I almost forgot this: We went to a Cub game at Wrigley Field and we saw multiple movie trailers outside the ballpark with the words “Ferris Bueller”. We had no clue what the hell a Ferris Bueller was until the movie came out and then realized we were probably in the crowd when they filmed that scene.

At first we thought it was some sort of German documentary.

trailsillustrated's avatar

that movie with diane lane about a torturer watching people on a computer, (actually a pretty scary movie) that house is my neighbour’s, ( what a pain in the ass that was to get them to move equipment so we could get into our drive ) and when I was in college, they filmed a gus van sant movie, I think it was ‘planet idaho’ and a friend and I entered a bar by a side door and ruined a shot

sndfreQ's avatar

Many, many shows are shot in and around my town…I live in north L.A. County. Almost every western, space movie, and war movie in the desert is shot here. Also, my college campus is/was the location for many scenes for shows like CSI, NCIS, JAG, Weeds, and the movie “The Girl Next Door.”

In the adult “film”/entertainment world, about 95 percent of films are shot in my vicinity as well…or on the other side of the valley (San Fernando Valley-Chatsworth, etc.).

janbb's avatar

Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories
City by the Sea – 2002
Annie

OpryLeigh's avatar

@janbb Annie? That’s so cool!

knitfroggy's avatar

An old movie called Picnic was shot in Halstead, Kansas that is about 20 miles from me. Also the tv movie Sarah Plain and tall was shor near Wichita which is about 30 miles from me.

casheroo's avatar

All sorts of movies are filmed in Philadelphia. When I was practically living there, they shut down my friends street. We think it was for that show..I think it’s called Cold Cases. (pretty sure it’s supposed to take place in Philly). It’s pretty annoying.

Oh, and my husband helped cater multiple M. Night Shyamalan movies. They filmed down the street from where he worked, and one of the chefs was a person chef to M. Night, so they used the restaurant. I was jealous when he met Mark Wahlberg’s entourage. lol

SamIAm's avatar

Parts of Cruel Intentions were shot by my house in NY- just a few minutes away at Old Westbury Gardens… being from NY (Long Island specifically), there are a lot of films shot out there

Likeradar's avatar

Radio Flyer was filmed in my hometown and my high school is in the movie.

njnyjobs's avatar

well let’s see . . . Anything and Everything NYC!

CMaz's avatar

@Samantha_Rae – Hi! Lindenhurst here. Now living in Florida. :-)

Near where the STORY of The Amityville Horror House originated from.
Movie was not shot there. But, HBO did a special about the supernatural at the location.
And, Leonard Nimoy narrated that show “In Search of…” that did a story on the “Horror House”.

tinyfaery's avatar

I live in L.A.; of course. I also went to UCLA where just about everything that includes a school is filmed, including Buffy.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Law & Order shoots exteriors near my building regularly. Parts of Burn After Reading were shot in one of the old clapboard houses a few blocks away. The neighborhood was all atwitter when Angelina was spotted. Apparently, Brad is chopped liver. Some scenes from Sherlock Holmes were shot in a warehouse near here, though I didn’t see Jude Law at all. And The Gangs of New York did a few scenes around here near the East River. The exterior scenes from The Cosby Show were shot outside a brownstone a couple of blocks from me, too.

About a movie a year films here. Parts of the area have been preserved to its 19th century appearance, due to the area being declared a National Historic Landmark neighborhood.

chyna's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities The shining being filmed near you makes up for the balloon boy happening in your town. :)

DeanV's avatar

Humboldt County was filmed where I live (Humboldt County, what a coincidence), as well as some of the Speeder and Endor scenes from Star Wars.

jaytkay's avatar

I’ve lived in LA and Chicago, so yeah, a lot.

An ER episode was filmed outside apt my once. There was an empty storefront underneath L train tracks, so it was a good spot to capture an urban vibe. They regularly used a house nearby for the home of Julianna Margulies’s character.

Chicago was Gotham for The Dark Knight. They were all over the place.

I’ve seen only one genuine explosion in my life, when I happened to be walking by when they exploded a bar for The Untouchables.

Anthony Hopkins was in a week-long shoot in my area in LA (looking at Wikipedia I guess it was Red Dragon), and the neighborhood paper said he would visit the guys outside the halfway house next door. He’s an alcoholic who no longer drinks, and they said he was a nice guy who stopped by to give encouragement.

editingdiva's avatar

Yes, long ago, when I lived in a community that normally does not see this type of excitement, an ice hockey movie was filmed. I was an extra and got to hang out with Paul Newman and his daughter, Susan, one evening. Couldn’t believe how thin and bony Paul’s hand was when he shook mine (he was a small man with a large presence), but his eyes? Just as blue, piercing, and captivating as on screen. Years later, another film came to town, starring Tom Cruise. My eldest daughter, who was in high school, ended up in that one, and her clarinet had to be refurbished afterward. Movie buffs will be able to guess where I lived at the time.
Thanks for reviving the memories!

filmfann's avatar

The video store scene (where the rules of scary movies are explained) from Scream was filmed a block from my house.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

The Birds. Bodega Bay, California 1962.
American Graffiti. Petaluma, California 1972.

srmorgan's avatar

I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, also called Hollywood East.
Matlock was filming here when I moved into town,

Notable TV shows filmed here were Dawson’s Creek and now, One Tree Hill.

My daughter was an extra in at least a half dozen TV movies when she was in high school.

It is fairly common to come upon a film crew setting up on some street in the downtown area or in some of the older suburbs in town.

SRM

TLRobinson's avatar

Hustle and Flow; song won an Emmy-not a real shining moment from some residing in Memphis.

breedmitch's avatar

Dog Day Afternoon was filmed on the block where I currently live, although many years before I moved there.

AstroChuck's avatar

Both The Mentalist and Eight Is Enough are set in Sacramento but those street scenes look curiously like L.A.
Parts of the Clint Eastman movie Pink Cadillac were filmed here in Sactown. Being the capital of California I’m sure there were others but I don’t know what they are.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Likeradar Radio Flyer made me cry like no other movie had before or has since.

Growing up outside of LA a lot of stuff was shot where I lived. I worked in a hotel where the shot episodes of Moonlighting, TJ Hooker, a couple of other series, and a bunch of commercials. Demolition Man, Melrose Place and tons of other things were shot where I worked in LA. Right before I moved out of town a series shot for a big old hostage scene about three blocks from my house.

Darwin's avatar

When I lived in Connecticut a lot of things were filmed there because so many of the performers, directors and producers lived in the next town over, which was Greenwich. Locally filmed works included the 1997 movie, “The Ice Storm,” the 1996 movie, “Ransom,” and a bunch of others. The town was was the setting for 2003 film, “Good Fences,” and lots of television commercials were filmed there and in surrounding towns. The Marlboro Man was also the guy who installed storm windows, Mr. Clean worked in the A&P, the guy who was in the Cracker Jack commercials rode the same train I did in the morning, and a bunch of other recognizable faces could be seen around town.

I also lived in Stamford, CT, where a number of other films were shot, including Reservation Road (2007), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008), Otto Preminger’s The Cardinal (1963), The Lords of Flatbush (1973), and the classic The Horror of Party Beach (1964).

They filmed Revenge of the Nerds while I was attending the University of Arizona, and also filmed Glory Road and A Kiss Before Dying. Just outside of Tucson was a fake town where lots and lots of movies were filmed, especially during the heyday of the Western, including 3:10 to Yuma, The Bells of St. Mary’s, A Star is Born (1976), Broken Arrow, The Cannonball Run, Easy Rider, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Trial of Billy Jack and many, many more.

Then, I lived in Miami, Florida, and later in Gainesville, where Parenthood (1989) was filmed.

Now I live in Corpus Christi and act in indie films, most recently the yet-unreleased Shivering Inside. The wrap party for Selena(1997) was held in the museum where I worked and I was the manager that evening. J. Lo claims to be 5’ 5” but she must be using small inches because she was tiny. Also filmed here were The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), Target (1985), Pearl Harbor (2001) (Ben Affleck was a real snob, but Josh Hartnett was nice to everyone), The Open Road (2008) and The King (2005), as well as chunks of JAG. Many of my acting friends often run up to San Antonio and Austin to be in films, of which there have been many.

A lot of actors have come from Corpus Christi in part because we have a very active community theater, strong theater departments in all the high schools, and excellent theater departments in both the junior college and the university. They include Dabney Coleman, Farrah Fawcett, Barbara Barrie, Eva Longoria, Lou Diamond Phillips, Pepe Serna, Allen Ludden, Lori Singer, Marc Singer and some others I can’t remember right now.

herman714's avatar

Part of “The Firm” was filmed on the grounds of an abandoned factory near where I grew up. My brother was even a paid extra. But he ended up on the cutting room floor.

Likeradar's avatar

@SuperMouse I’ve actually never seen it

SABOTEUR's avatar

HBO’s The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street were both filmed in Baltimore MD.

AstroChuck's avatar

@SABOTEUR- Plus every John Waters flick ever made.

SABOTEUR's avatar

You’re right!

How could I forget Hairspray?

jonsblond's avatar

The earlier parts of Jo Jo Dancer, You Life Is Calling was filmed in Richard Pryor’s hometown of Peoria, Illinois, the largest city that I live near.

That’s the only movie that I can think of at the moment.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Oh…I almost forgot…

My daughter participated in a promo for Tony Danza’s upcoming A&E reality show (Teach) set in Philadelphia PA. (approx. 2 hrs from Baltimore MD).

Nullo's avatar

A friend of mine worked in the same meat-packing plant that they had in the first Rocky movie, at the time of the filming. They shut the plant down for the two weeks or so of shooting and gave everybody a nice paid vacation.

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