“Choosing location is integral to the film: in essence, another character.”
Ever wondered if a film shot on location was filmed in the actual place it depicts? Find out about interesting film and television locations near Melbourne.
In filmmaking, a location is any place where a film crew will be filming actors and recording their dialogue. Filmmakers often choose to shoot on location because they believe that greater realism can be achieved in a "real" place; however, location shooting is often motivated by the film's budget. Many films shoot interior scenes on a sound stage and exterior scenes on location.
Watch a set of videos and answer the questions to find out more about film location
On location with Underbelly
Why do some filmmakers choose to shoot their film on the streets and not in a studio?
Imagine you are a professional location scout. Make a list of locations you know of that could pass for somewhere else. For example, is there a particular laneway in Melbourne could be used to depict a location in New York City?
On location with Rockwiz
Sometimes locations can create the feeling of realism and authenticity. Why does Rockwiz film in a hotel?
Think of some TV examples where location adds to the realistic nature of the show?
On location with Chris Lilley
How does the choice of location add to the emotion of the scenes in Angry Boys?
What film and TV shows can you think of where the location plays an integral part in telling the story or is even part of the story itself?
On location with Sideshow Alley
How does the relationship between music and location enhance the mood of a scene?
How does the choice of location add to the emotion of the video clip?
Browse the locations catalogued at filmmelbournelocations.com. Choose five and think about the genres or types of stories that these locations would match.
Try capturing locations for specific genres, such as romance, action, thriller, drama and film noir. Focus on objects or features in the environment that would make the location interesting, such as a path, a bridge, seating, an interesting tree or a doorway.
“I don't get much studio stuff. I'm usually on location, and I know that some people think that acting is so glamorous, but believe me, it's not!”