Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Guides to Movie Set Travel

cahir castle portcullis or gate, tipperary, ireland   I added Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada to my list of places to visit after watching the movie Indian Summer, which is set in real life Camp Tamakwa. Other movies that have inspired people to travel are The Sound of Music, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Brokeback Mountain.

For information about movie locations for these and other films, check out the following sites:

1. Budget Travel's annual Movie Quest where they choose the year's top 10 travel-inspiring movies. That link will take you to the 2007 choices for best movie locations, but you can also get the top 10 choices for 2006 and 2005 and don't miss 2004's The 25 Movies That Literally Moved Us.

2. Jaunted's series on movie set travel. Each post describes a movie then makes suggestions of things to do, including where to stay, where to eat, and what to see when traveling to the movie's location.

3. Scotland: The Movie Location Guide- Includes Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Highlander, the Harry Potter movies, and Braveheart. This site has photos from the movies and explains where those shots were taken from.

4. North England Movie Tourism-Includes Harry Potter, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Elizabeth, Dracula.

5. Movie Map-North Wales- Includes Dragonslayer, Merlin, Willow, and Tomb Rader 2.

6. The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations-This site compliments the book, The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations (NEW updated edition).

7. Another way to find out where a movie was filmed is to search the IMBD or Internet Movie Database. You can also search specific countries and/or cities to see which movies were filmed there. Once you have a specific movie, try doing a internet search for detailed set locations.

*The above photo was taken at Cahir Castle in County Tipperary, Ireland. That gate is supposed to be the only working portcullis in Ireland and was used in the soundtrack for Braveheart. Scenes from the movie Excalibur were also filmed at the castle.