The 1971 version of Get Carter with Michael Caine was filmed on location in the north east of England, taking advantage of the imposing architecture of Newcastle city centre and the post modern concrete structures of Gateshead, particularly the iconic multi story car park, now probably destroyed, but a movie site which was filmed in all its urban glory and which survives on film and disc as another example of a filming site of long ago. The villain’s house was also a real movie filming location.
In complete contrast, the entire seafront of Redcar in Cleveland was transformed for the purposes of use as a movie location and filming site, from a busy modern day seaside town into an impressive likeness of war torn Dunkirk for the Oscar winning movie Atonement. Hundreds of local residents turned out each day of the shoot to witness the unique re-enactment of this historic event on a local location and many were actually hired as extras for the crowd scenes and used in the movie scenes.
Vampire films have risen in popularity over the last few years and the magnificent gothic buildings of Prague provided the perfect backdrop and filming locations for movies such as Van Helsing and Blade II. Film directors favour the Czech Republic capital city as a shooting location for a variety of genres because the array of amazing architecture lends itself beautifully to authentic looking movie scenes that could be set in the past or present, really ideal filming sites and movie locations..
Visiting former movie locations and movie sites around the world is an increasingly popular hobby as there are plenty of online resources and even downloadable location maps enabling one to find out exactly where your favourite movie scenes were shot. It is interesting to see what the original buildings look like when compared to the finished scene shown in the film and how much the locations have been changed, or, in some cases disappeared the when new projects cover the shooting sites.
Sometimes a director will allow people to watch filming from behind a designated cordon when using buildings on location that are difficult to isolate, but production companies place a strict ban on the general public taking photographs or video footage during filming, though I’m not sure how they achieve this as anyone has the right to photograph anything they like as long as the photographer is on public land, saving, in some cases military installations, and similar sites, locations and places.