|Explore Edmund Helmer's map!|
What would you do if you had a whole day to kill? Watch a movie? Read a book? Take a walk? Maybe do all three? For movie lover and movie blogger, Edmund Helmer, he spent his days plotting the filming locations of IMDb's Top 2,000 Films on a custom Google map. According to his blog post, his idea was born out of his love of Tarsem Singh's The Fall, who's many sets captivated him--a film that, according to IMDb, lists over 40 listed filming locations in all parts of the world. Helmer spent one whole day plotting each location on a Google map, but he didn't stop there. As his love for discovering film locations flowered, he added to his map. And, since The Fall doesn't crack the Top 2,000 Films rated by IMDb users, this map actually includes locations for 2001 movies.
What Helmer created is nothing short of stunning. With this map, you can easily see some of the more popular filming locations in the world--it's certainly no surprise as New York, Los Angeles, and London are just covered with little yellow dots; so much so that they become black splotches. Equally interesting are films that have used some of the most remote locations in the world, such as Dr. Strangelove filming in Greenland, or The Spy Who Loved Me filming in the dead of Canada's Northwest Passage. It's also fun to see the movies that filmed around your neighborhood--I do remember the hubbub that ensued when Salt filmed the next town over from my hometown on Long Island.
Helmer does point out that Google could not find all of the locations of the 2,000 films. The troubling spot? The Bermuda Triangle. Go fig!
Original Source: Switched