What blockbuster films were shot in Canada

Where are blockbuster films made?

The film productions popular in America are not only produced on their floors, but from all parts of the world. Indeed, the Hollywood film machine is a multinational industry. In the pre-production phase of filmmaking, there is a lot of analysis and research into exactly where a film should be shot. The setting for a major Hollywood movie could prove to be as close as possible, or just around the corner or thousands of miles away. The possibilities for locations for extremely expensive films seem almost unlimited at times.

Where should I film?

There are a number of factors that determine exactly where a film is shot. The final decision will depend on a variety of practical and artistic factors. Finding a location that matches the setting, time period, weather conditions, and lot requirements of a particular film is only part of a very large and complex puzzle. Perhaps the most important element when choosing a location is cost. With this in mind, some overseas countries (such as Canada, offer tax breaks and other economic incentives to American producers who choose to shoot their films in their home countries. This type of mutually beneficial financial arrangement results in cheaper production costs for the studio, as well as numerous economic side effects for the participating countries, not to mention a lot of positive PR for everyone involved.

Close to home

Unsurprisingly, US filmmakers shoot the majority of their productions on home soil. According to current statistics compiled during 2013-2014, a total of 136 productions were made within the borders of the United States. For logistical reasons, too, Canada was the country most frequently used as a film location by American film companies (with a total of 27 productions). A few examples of great American films filmed, at least in part, in Canada this season Godzilla (2014) At night in the museum: Secret of the grave (2014) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Filming across the pond

From 2013 to 2014, the UK ranked third as the most popular location for American filmmakers, with a total of 24 productions made there. Big screen productions filmed in the UK include Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and the latest in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens (2015).

Yankees Shooting Down Under

The most popular production location for American filmmakers is the southern island state of Australia. Examples of blockbusters in Australia included I, Frankenstein (2014) The Great Gatsby (2013) and The Lego movie (2014).

Other important countries for US film locations

After Australia on the list of the most used locations in the 2013-2014 film year, the European nations Bulgaria and France were. These countries are followed by New Zealand, India, South Africa and India, all of which are former British colonies where English is widely spoken. Each of them served as a location for only two American films that season. Germany, Romania and Morocco complete the list of countries represented. Only one major American production was filmed in each nation during the year.

Make pseudo America far, far away

It should be noted that there is great ingenuity and artistry in turning these overseas locations into passable substitutes for American locations. A prime example of this is the 2003 America Civil War epic On the way to Cold Mountain. This film, in which the British actor Jude Law and the Australian actress Nicole Kidman appeared, was partly shot far, far from the USA in the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, Romania. As early as the 1960s we saw entire properties in Italy, Spain and the entire Mediterranean area that were converted into the "Old, Wild West" in order to film the so-called "Macaroni" or "Spaghetti Westerns".

Where are American films made?

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rankcountryNumber of great American films shot in 2013-2014
1United States136
3United Kingdom24
7New Zealand3
8South Africa2

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