Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The 50 United States of Filming.

In honor of Independence Day, I created a list of movies filmed in each state. I have visited all 50 of the United States and each one has its own beauty and charm... and filming locations.

Except where noted, these movies were filmed entirely in that particular state according to IMDb (I linked each title to the listed filming locations).

So if you see these films, know that the scenery really is from the state it was filmed in. For instance, if you watch Runaway Bride, all locations are in Maryland (think that's NYC? Nope, it's Baltimore posing). Whereas if you watch Dances with Wolves, you'll see lots of South Dakota, but also Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas (thus the movie did not make this list).

As much as possible,  I selected feature-length narrative films that showed in theaters rather than documentaries and small independent flicks.

And of course, this is not perfect or all-incluseive. Sometimes I found copious films to choose from so I limited the selection to three or four, and other times it seemed like scraping the bottom of the barrel to find one or two (a good indication those particular states don't offer decent film incentives).

(NOTE: Many of these movies contain content I would not recommend.)


Alabama:

Alaska:

Arizona:  

(Popular state for filming!)

Arkansas:

California

(No surprise... there are pages and pages of movies filmed exclusively in California, so I selected some with plots linked to the movie industry.)

Colorado:

Connecticut:

Delaware

(This state only recently formed a film commission, so maybe we'll see more films there in the future.)

Florida:

Georgia:

Hawaii:

Idaho:

Illinois:

Indiana:

Iowa:

Kansas:

Louisiana:

Maine:

Maryland:

Massachusetts:

Michigan:

Minnesota:

Mississippi:

Missouri:

Montana:

Nebraska:

Nevada:

New Hampshire:

New Jersey:

New Mexico:

New York

(Many, many movies filmed in New York, so I selected three with themes of Broadway.)

North Carolina:

North Dakota:

Ohio:

Oklahoma:

Oregon: 

(Popular state for filming with many filmed exclusively in Oregon.)

Pennsylvania:

Rhode Island:

South Carolina:

South Dakota:

Tennessee:

Texas:

Utah:

Vermont:

Virginia:

Washington:

West Virginia:

Wisconsin:

Wyoming:


Well? Did the list hold any surprises for you?



4 comments:

  1. I'll have to watch Into the Storm to see if I recognize the locations. HBO used a home in my community for the series 'Hung'. When they came before out Township board and asked for approval, one of my fellow council members asked if the show would be 'family oriented'. I laughed and said :'Title'Hung', HBO. DUH!'

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    1. It's fun to see places we recognize in the movies!

      I took a college course (science) in 2010 titled, "Natural Disasters: Reality vs. Hollywood" and the movie "Into the Storm" would have been a good one to add to that curriculum! I wonder if the professor added that film after its release in 2014.

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  2. Was surprised to see the Wyoming ones (my state). Ironically, there are some great film set in Wyoming but not filmmed here. An Unfinished Life comes to mind. (Great film)!

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    1. Speaking of "set in Wyoming" but not filmed there, you got us hooked on Longmire and my husband and I commented on how beautiful Wyoming is and maybe we should move there when he retires. Then we learned it's filmed in New Mexico. ;-)

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