Created on 28 September 2016

Calling All Local RS Historians

Many of you have done such splendid job of putting your towns on the map that, if it appeals to you, you could do a super job of putting your work on the map, the Google Map, by becoming one of their local guides and receiving Google recognition and benefits. You can use your name, and ours, ReelStreets, with an explanation that you/we are promoting the film by usage of the original stills from the film as well as our images, so we are not infringing any original copyrights, and that our site has now been going since 2004 and now contains some 1650 films and 61,000 comparative photographs that have occurred since the film was made.

The local papers, as well as the county ones, will also be interested in your achievement in recording a slice of local history. There are also loads of occasional publications always wanting good copy to fill their pages and attract more advertisers, and there are a considerable number of films on our site and made in your area that can be mined. The papers will also be interested in who you are and why you have an interest in film locations and local history, and how, for us, and you, it is important that from the huge cinematographic archive that is available to us all that we actually record human social details that are relevant to future generations.

The papers love headlines, so how about.................                                                                                                                

"Famous Actors in (XX Street, Beach-Side, XX Estate) Shooting"?                                                      

Followed by.....”Happily no one was injured when the film” (XXXXXX) was shot in (your town) half a century (more? less?) ago, starring (+++). Scenes were captured in (XXX Street, and and, and), some properties have now been replaced, the way of life, social changes, food we eat, work, transport, fashions and mores shown in the film are all good local history fodder and relevant to at least 50% of the local population.  

If the papers are interested then they should be willing to pay you a fee, which you keep, they might also want to pay in "kind", free meals, free entries, free drinks, invites to "events" copies of local history books/guides etc., etc., etc. ReelStreets of course gets more interest, more publicity and more submissions. The papers, from a "human interest" angle, may well want contact with local residents who were in the film, remember the film, met the actors and have a story to tell,  which all adds to their, and our, interest.

An ordinary and rather mundane entry that I put on Google Maps has been viewed more than 8000 times since August 2016.Yelp, ApplyMaps and TripAdvisor seem to have similar systems which need to be investigated. Film-induced-tourism is now officially recognised as a major contributor to the reasons that tourists visit the UK. You might have read the article below that I put up half a dozen years ago on FIT

Give it a go, I'm sure you'll like it. And, if I can help, let me know. 

Social media can also be used to promote and enlarge our interests in film/movie locations and many of you already have mobile thumbs which could be used; with a selfie, if you must; to promote you, the location and also ReelStreets.

And, if you are seriously shy, how about a poster in your local library, film/photo, history club describing your, and our, achievement?

Thanks again

John Tunstill

Created on 12 September 2016

How do we do it?

Initially there are the obvious visits to imdb and Wikipedia. Then there are DVD special features and the almost unrivalled power of direct inquiry using social media. You realise quickly that Google is your friend. Keyword searches to unearth production articles often have great results and then there is the power of Google Streetview. It allows you to virtually look around many streets both in the UK and abroad to verify location information. Occasionally checking out a film in high definition will enable you to read a previously fuzzy street-sign.

Read Dave Wilson's article on how he does it by clicking here.

Created on 09 September 2016

Latest Locations Identified

Thank you all once again for taking the trouble to share your information and add to our knowledge base.

Frieda 006 – Peter Brown

Double Exposure 035 – Peter Brown

Operation Diplomat 024, 025, 029 to 034 – RL

Blue Lamp, The 086 – Bill Hamer

Ghost Camera, The 004e – Chris G

What a Crazy World 012 – Caroline Wood

Some People 052 - Bill Berry

Created on 30 August 2016

Locations Identified

Thank you all for some excellent identifications. Those that relate to totally re-developed areas that can really only be identified by someone who lived there are very much appreciated and welcomed. How else would we know? 

This is a good opportunity to apologise if our response times in recent weeks have been a little slower than usual, our correspondence level has been quite high with intensive information and support material. We try to enjoy Real Lives as well!

Rita, Sue and Bob Too! 012b to 012d – Peter F.

Breaking Glass 023 – Barry Robins

Nuns on the Run 028 (Information) 055, 056 and 059 – Mike P.

Poor Cow 008 and 009 – Tom Mulrenan

Quiller Memorandum, The 027, 029, 031, 040, 041 and 041a as well as an article in the Header Section – Christoph Gogg

Great Van Robbery, The 002 – Frances Bull

Eight O’clock Walk  001 to 004b, 006 and 007 – Frances Bull

Villain 008 – Frances Bull

Frightened Man, The 001 – Frances Bull

Odd Man Out 021 and 023 – Malcolm Cotton

Created on 17 August 2016

A Boy, a Girl and a Bike

We could be referring to the 1949 film on line with Honor Blackman, John McCallum, Diana Dors, Patrick Holt, Anthony Newley, Thora Hird, Lesley Dwyer and  Meg Jenkins, to name a few.
Or, if we double up on the mechanical side, it could be Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, our latest gold medalists.
Congratulations to both of them, what wonderful results. Just goes to show what a boy, a girl and a bike, or two, can achieve.
Thank you both.
Created on 09 August 2016

More Location Information

Father Came Too – 001 and 005 to 007 – Sarah Beeson

Conflict of Wings 034 – Tony Bennett (Information)

October Man, The 004 and 008 – James Cochrane

Run Wild Run Free – Janis Lyons (information in the Header Section)

Deep End 020 to 022 – Paul Borg

Miranda 005 – Peter Brown

Fourth Protocol, The  002 – Juha 

We are really grateful for your interest and contributions, many thanks.


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