Apart from the actors, the background and setting of a film plays a character in itself. This is especially true in the sci-fi and fantasy genre — locations help establish the mood and feel of the scene, and adds believability albeit subtly. Take a look at some real life locations that lent their landscapes in some notable films and TV series.
Vasquez Rocks, California
The Vasquez Rocks are rock formations located in Agua Dulce in the Los Angeles County in California. They were named after Tiburcio Vásquez, a notorious bandit from the 1870s, who used the rock formations as a hideout from the authorities.
As a filming location, the Vasquez Rocks have been used extensively – notably in several episodes of the original Star Trek series (portraying different planets) and throughout the sci-fi television series Roswell.
“Winter is coming.”
Winter indeed. For the second season of the HBO mini-series Game of Thrones, the production made most of the frozen Icelandic landscapes – particularly the Svinafellsjokull glacier in the Skaftafell National Park — as a filming location.
Matamata, New Zealand
Located about two hours southwest of Auckland, the lush and green landscape of this rural town in the Waikato region proved to be the perfect location to illustrate the Shire region of Middle-Earth in the immensely popular film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
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