It’s always interesting to see how places are portrayed onscreen, whether the place is another character in the story or just the background. It’s also funny to see locations stand in for other locations, such as a movie set in New York or Chicago being filmed in Toronto, or Vancouver, British Columbia pretending to be Los Angeles or Seattle. It’s OK, Hollywood guys, we’ll suspend our disbelief. A little bit, anyway.
Naturally, it adds a whole new dimension when we see a locale we recognize, maybe even our own hometown or someplace we took a vacation in. It can be a proud feeling because something we know has been immortalized, giving us a connection to that film. Or maybe we feel annoyed because the filmmakers clearly didn’t do their homework.
There were a couple of inspirations for this blogathon. One, I’ve been thinking about how Hollywood pretty much never gets Sacramento right, not that there are a lot of movies set there anyway. I’ve lived outside of it for over thirty years, and in Hollywood’s hands it looks nothing like the riverside capitol city it is. In the case of The Jane Austen Fan Club, for instance, it looks too much like Encino.
The other inspiration was this Lorde song, which we’ve probably all heard a thousand times but it’s going in here anyway for reference’s sake:
So yeah, that’s what this blogathon is about: The places seen or not seen on the screen.
- Review a film or TV show shot or set in your hometown, the general place where you grew up, or somewhere that’s at least somewhat familiar to you. Your pick can be from any era and any country. As long as you know something about it, it’s in.
- While your approach to your topic is up to you, please try to answer this question in some way: Did the filmmakers get your place right, or did they botch it?
- Here’s a different angle if you prefer to write about something less specific to you: Is there a place you think would make a good setting for a film or TV show and why?
- Nothing derogatory will be accepted, even if you don’t like the place you’re writing about. Diplomacy is the order of the day.
- Participants are limited to three posts total, and since certain locales are film and TV favorites (New York City, London, Rome, etc.) duplicates (or multiples) are allowed.
- The blogathon will take place between April fourteenth and April sixteenth, with a wee wrapup post on April seventeenth. Posts can be sent to me on or around those days, either via the Comment section, my Contact page, Twitter and Instagram (both @TakingUpRoom), or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If anyone would like to participate, please send me your topic and blog title by the avenues listed above.
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Taking Up Room: Phenomenon (1996) (Auburn, California)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: Billion Dollar Brain (1967) (Finland)
Silver Screenings: River of No Return (1954) (Canadian Rockies)
Whimsically Classic: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) (Salem and Depoe Bay, Oregon)
Hamlette’s Soliloquy: New In Town (2009) (New Ulm, Minnesota)