When Lights, Camera, Action! Take Place Far Away

There are occasions when shooting scenes on location is the best choice for a production.  Depending on the script, finding a location that fits the description in the writer’s imagination, and adds realism to a historical story means taking the show on the road.  Scouting a location can take weeks and can cost thousands of dollars.  When the Hunger Games searched for a location for the first installment in the franchise, they found the look they wanted in the western part of North Carolina.  There, old growth pine trees, many well over a hundred years old, had to look they were going for.  And in nearby towns they found ample room to build a stage for the interior shots they needed, such as the home of Katniss in District 12.


Shooting on location means pulling the film or television production out of the controlled environment a sound stage offers, and taking the show to some location where exterior scenes, or scenes in a historic setting will be shot.  For example, if you were to remake the epic Lawrence of Arabia, you might book a trip to that locale on Emirates Airlines and use their cargo service to transport the set pieces, camera and sound equipment, wardrobe, props and everything else.  In fact, booking a move through Emirates has been the choice of many film crews who want to fly with an experienced airline that understands the importance of safeguarding their goods.  Many a shooting schedule has been in trouble because of delayed flights, lost cargo, and missed deadlines.  Keeping a production on time and within budgetcan stress the savviest producer.  Those wishing to trim even $100 off air fare should always check Groupon for discounts on travel, accommodations, catering and more.


Locations can become a boon to the economy, long after production wraps.  For example, visitors still flock to Mt Airy.  North Carolina where fictional Mayberry, USA is believed to be.  The characters from the Andy Griffith Show made guest appearances there for the remainder of their lives.  In a business where time is money, you don’t want to burn daylight.  So if sticking to the script means you’ll be hitting the road, you’ll be keeping up a tradition that goes back to the earliest days of filmmaking.