If you are shooting video, you don’t have to go far. There are thousands upon thousands of diverse landscapes and locations right here in the U.S. Many have been prized and “reprised” throughout American Cinema. Some you may recognize. Others, through the magic of movie-making, were transformed into something else entirely. And yet all they still hold that sense of unique and mysterious charm. Whether you need a gritty city, a storybook town, a post-apocalyptic wasteland or an alien world, you can find a great spot for your next video production in the U.S.A. Let’s explore just a few.
Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah has been the location of such iconic films as Thelma and Louise, Star Trek: Into The Darkness and Mission Impossible II. The harsh landscape, barren wasteland, rocky bluffs and surreal white clouds rolling across the Moab area make this the ultimate location for shooting video when you need to create a mood of desolation, emptiness or rugged survival.
Seaside Florida, the storybook-esque location of the Truman Show is an achievement in strategic architectural planning. This resort town was designed to achieve ultimate walkability and a classic look of Americana with rows of similarly designed houses, pristine stone streets all set just a short stroll from white sand beaches.
The secluded beaches, seemingly endless rainforests and jagged outcroppings of Oahu & Kauai, two of the less populated islands of Hawaii, made them the the ideal location for Jurassic Park Films and the perfect location for adventure in your next shoot. This seemingly undiscovered landscape is actually easily accessible via flight from Maui or Honolulu for days spent shooting in the wilds, but nights spent comfortably enjoying all that the tourist destinations have to offer.
Rhyolite was a bustling little town in the early 20th century that went bust shortly after development. Everyone moved away, leaving an empty school, hospital and even a stock exchange along with rows of shops, homes and brothels. This deserted ghost town in the middle no where, just outside Death Valley National Park was the site of many westerns in the 1920's. Today, as the stone buildings continue to crumble and decay, film crews still visit the site to get the perfect location for post-apocalyptic atmosphere or that creepy, "no one can hear you scream" feeling of a dead town completely cut off from civilization.
Where will you be shooting video next? Explore your options throughout the US. Wonder where some of your favorite movies were shot? Find out. They weren't all shot in L.A. You could just find the perfect location among the towns, cities, farms, deserts, forests, landmarks and mile after mile of outstretching interstates meeting the horizon. So get out there and find the next site for your movie. You don't have to go far with so many unusual and diverse settings right in the U.S.A.
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